University of Houston
College of Pharmacy

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  1. Contact Information ↑ 

  2. Program Deadline ↑ 

    PharmCAS Application and Transcript Deadline for the class entering fall of 2016:  December 1, 2014

  3. Accreditation Status ↑ 

  4. Program Information ↑ 

    • Do you follow the AACP Cooperative Admissions Guidelines? 
    • Institution Type: Public
    • Is your institution part of an academic health center? No
    • Type of academic term: 
      • Semester (two terms per academic year)
    • Dual Degree Programs Yes
    • If Yes, Check all that apply: 
      • PharmD/P.H.D.
    • Structure of your PharmD program: 2-4 (two years prepharmacy required)
    • Is a Baccalaureate degree preferred for admissions? No
    • Open House Information:
      • Details: While the UHCOP does not have open house dates, the applicant may wish to view our video module for a full overview of requirements, application process and the profession. In addition, we offer scheduled pre-pharmacy advising appointments with pre-pharmacy academic advisors throughout the year. These sessions are not open to applicants seeking information about the progress and handling of their application file. Please visit:  
    • Does your institution participate in the Early Decision Program (EDP)? Yes
    • Alternative enrollment options available
      • None
    • Is your institution participating in the Centralized Criminal Background Check (CBC)? No
    • Is your institution participating in the PharmCAS-facilitated Drug Screening Service? No
    • Satellite/Branch Campuses:

  5. Program Description ↑ 

    Founded in 1946, the University of Houston College of Pharmacy(UHCOP) combines the opportunities and experiences of the Texas Medical Center's world-class healthcare community with resources of the University of Houston, Texas' premier urban teaching and research university, to offer its students the best possible education. The College is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education and holds membership in the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy. 

    The College of Pharmacy has two campuses: the main University of Houston campus; and the Texas Medical Center(TMC) campus, where students have access to the Texas Medical Center Library and collaborations with TMC institutions. The College offers a Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) professional degree, and a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Pharmaceutical Health Outcomes and Policy, a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Pharmacology or Pharmaceutics, and a combined Pharm.D./Ph.D. in Pharmacology or Pharmaceutics. The college also offers post-doctoral research fellowships, post-graduate clinical fellowships, and post-graduate residency affiliations in cooperation with institutions in the TMC and Greater Houston area. Our faculty, many of whom are recipients of patents and prestigious National Institutes of Health grants, is one of the most diverse in the nation. The College includes more than 50 full-time faculty members, 500-plus preceptors who provide training for students on pharmacy practice experiences, and many healthcare providers from the community who serve as volunteer faculty. The College aspires to foster a commitment to lifelong learning and an environment where students develop the knowledge, attitudes and skills consistent with the high standards of their profession and/or scientific field.

  6. Program Statistics and Criteria ↑ 

    • Estimated number interviewed for fall 2015 entering class: 267
    • Estimated number accepted for fall 2015 entering class: 125
    • Estimated fall 2015 entering class size including early assurance and transfer seats: 125
    • Estimated number of early assurance students advancing to the professional program: N/A
    • Estimated number of transfer applicants accepted: 68
    • Estimated number of out-of-state applicants accepted: 3
    • Estimated percent of males in 2015 entering class: 35%
    • Estimated percent of females in 2015 entering class: 65%
    • Estimated average GPA of accepted students: 3.55
    • Estimated number of students to be interviewed: 300
    • Is preference given to in-state applicants vs. out-of-state applicants? No
      • Number of IN-STATE seats available for fall 2015 entering class: No Quota
      • Number of OUT-OF-STATE seats available for fall 2015 entering class: No Quota
    • Number of TRANSFER seats available for fall 2016 entering class: N/A
    • Minimum overall GPA considered: 2.50
    • Minimum prerequisite GPA considered: 2.50
    • Minimum composite PCAT score considered: 60%
    • Previous college experience prior to enrolling in the school/college of pharmacy: 3 or more years, no degree (>60 sem hrs)
    • Age RANGE of entering students, excluding transfer students entering other than the first year of your program: 19-43
    • Ratio of applications received to the number of first-year students enrolled, excluding transfer students entering other than the first year of your program: 5:1

  7. Program Prerequisites ↑ 

    • Total number of college SEMESTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: 73
    • Total number of basic science college SEMESTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: 40
    • Applicants must successfully complete ALL course prerequisites by the end of the: Summer 2015 term
    • Course Prerequisites Table:
      Course Title Semester Hours Quarter Hours
      Total 73   
      Introduction to Biological Science I with lab   
      Introduction to Biological Science II with lab   
      Fundamentals of Chemistry I with lab   
      Fundamentals of Chemistry II with lab   
      Fundamentals of Organic Chemistry I with lab   
      Fundamentals of Organic Chemistry II with lab   
      Calculus I   
      Introduction to Probability and Statistics   
      Introductory General Physics or Physics I   
      Elementary Microbiology with lab   
      U S and Texas Constitution and Politics   
      US Government: Congress, Presidents and Courts   
      Introduction to Psychology OR Introduction to Sociology   
      Language, Philosophy and Culture   
      Creative Arts   
      Writing in the Disciplines   
      Fundamentals of Public Speaking   
      First Year Writing I and II   
      The United States History to 1877   
      The United States History since 1877   
    • Additional Information: 

      Repeated course grades are averaged, not replaced. All Science and Math prerequisite courses must be completed by end of Spring 2015 semester. Two semesters or one year of high school physics in U.S. will satisfy the physics course requirement.   


      To determine courses which are acceptable for Language, Philosophy and Culture; Creative Arts; and Writing in the Disciplines courses, visit the lists located at:


      Applicants are exempt from certain courses if core curriculum is complete from another accredited public Texas college/university OR have earned a baccalaureate degree or higher from an accredited U.S. college/university at the time of enrollment to UH for the fall 2015 semester. For more information, visit:


      Organic Chemistry I & II lecture/lab series requires 2- two semester hour Organic lab components totaling 4 semester hours. Organic Chemistry I & II lecture/lab series taken outside of UH, will be evaluated based on the institutional catalog of the applicant.  


      The Biology I & II lecture/lab series may be satisfied by taking BOTH Botany lecture/lab, AND Zoology lecture/lab courses designed for science majors. 

      If Biology I lecture/lab is taken at an institution, Biology II lecture/lab must be completed as well, to meet the Biology I & II lecture/lab series. It is NOT permissible to take either Botany lecture/lab or Zoology lecture/lab at one institution, then take Biology I lecture/lab or Biology II lecture/lab at another institution. Course transfer guides for several college/university(s) can be found at


      In order to use credit earned by examination (i.e. AP, IB, CLEP, etc.) for meeting prerequisite coursework, official college/university transcript(s) or an official Student Score Report must be submitted along with the supplemental application. Specific course names and course numbers of credit awarded must be clearly indicated on official transcript(s) in a sealed envelope from the college/university for prerequisite credit by examination to be recognized. An official Student Score Report from College Board ( used to verify credit by examination (AP, IB, CLEP) must be received in a sealed envelope from College Board. The Student Score report may be mailed directly from College Board, or by the applicant, so long as the official Student Score Report remains in its sealed envelope. Listed below is the link to determine which prerequisite coursework may be met through AP, IB, and CLEP:


      **Volunteer/community service is required for all applicants to UHCOP. See the Experience section for more details.

  8. Supplemental Application ↑ 

    • Supplemental Application required? Yes
      • Details: The applicant is asked to provide a letter of explanation and/or additional information only if it would assist the Admissions committee in analysis of course grades, PCAT scores, letters of reference, and volunteer/community service.
      • Deadline: 12/1/2014 Received by deadline
      • Supplemental Application fee: $100.00
      • Obtaining the Supplemental Application: 

        The UH College of Pharmacy requires a Supplemental Application and a Supplemental Application fee ($100) to be sent directly to the UH College of Pharmacy.

        Download and complete the

         UHCOP Regular Decision applicants are to: 

        • Submit their PharmCAS application to PharmCAS without delay.
        • Complete and submit the UHCOP Supplemental Application electronically or by mail without delay.
        • Provide the supplemental application fee ($100) and all applicable Supplemental Application materials directly to the UH College of Pharmacy no later than December 1, 2014.
        • Place their full name and PharmCAS ID number on their Supplemental Application fee.

        The UH College of Pharmacy will not process a Regular Decision applicant's PharmCAS record until the PharmCAS processing team has verified the applicant's information (i.e. PharmCAS application, college transcript[s], processed PharmCAS fee, etc.).

        As PharmCAS processing may take up to five weeks once all required materials are received, applicants are encouraged to apply early.

        The UHCOP Supplemental Application materials consist of:

        • $100.00 nonrefundable Supplemental Application Fee (personal check or money order)
        • Credit by Examination Documentation Items (if applicable)
          • If Credit by Examination for prerequisite courses are not clearly indicated on transcript(s) sent in to PharmCAS, the following items will be acceptable to verify prerequisite credit:
          • Official, sealed AP/CLEP/IB Student Score Reports from College Board,



        • An official transcript in a sealed envelope from your college/university indicating earned college credit (i.e. AP scores, CLEP exams, etc.) at the institution may also be used. Specific course names and course numbers awarded must be clearly indicated on the transcript for credit to be recognized.
        • International Transcript Evaluation Process (if applicable)
        • Official U.S. high school transcript to show completion of high school physics (if applicable)
        • Residency Questionnaire (documentation required if requesting in-state 'Texas' residency)
        • Important Disclosures
        • Technical Standards
        • Certification Page


        The PharmCAS ID MUST be provided on each item of the supplemental application materials. 

        Mail the UHCOP Supplemental Application materials directly to the following address:

        University of Houston 

        College of Pharmacy Office of Admissions 

        141 Science & Research Bldg.2 

        Houston, Texas 77204-5000 


  9. Tests ↑ 

    • PCAT required? Yes
      • The oldest PCAT considered: 1/9/2013
      • Details: 

        If the applicant would like the opportunity to receive an offer of admission in October, and has taken the PCAT or plans to take the PCAT in early-September, we encourage him/her to apply as an Early Decision applicant. Regular Decision Applicants must have taken the PCAT exam no later than November 7, 2014. January 2015 PCAT scores will NOT be considered.

      • Note: select PharmCAS Code 104 to report PCAT scores directly to PharmCAS. 
    • TOEFL® required? No
      • Note: select code 8246 to report TOEFL scores directly to PharmCAS. 

  10. Experience ↑ 

    • Is health care-related experience required? Not required but recommended
      • Details: 

        Technician certification is NOT a requirement for college admissions.  While, health care experience is not required, it is highly recommended.  This is distinct and separate from the community service requirement.  Shadowing a pharmacist, building a relationship with a pharmacist as mentor and/or work experience as a cashier or technician in a pharmacy will assist the interested applicant in gaining valuable information in order to better assess their decision to become a pharmacist. As a letter of reference from a pharmacist is required, this would also aid the applicant in obtaining this letter of reference.


        **A minimum of twenty-five (25) volunteer/community service hours are required for admission consideration. Volunteer/community service activities must be clearly indicated within the Extracurricular Experience section of the PharmCAS application where appropriate.

        Students should have a consistent amount of volunteer/community service hours to be a competitive applicant. Volunteer activities do not have to be in the health-care area, and can be whatever type they choose, so long as it is non-paid and clearly benefits the community at-large. This volunteer/community service must begin at the onset of the applicant's college-career.

  11. Residency ↑ 

    • Is proof of state residency required? Yes
    • Details: This information will be requested in the supplemental application.
    • Is preference given to state residents? No
    • Is preference given to residents of other states? No

  12. Foreign Applicants ↑ 

    • Is proof of U.S. residency required? Yes
    • Are foreign citizens considered? Yes
    • Are U.S. permanent residents considered? Yes
    • Are Canadian citizens considered? Yes
    • Policy for accepting non-U.S. coursework (excluding study abroad): Send a foreign transcript evaluation report (FTER) to PharmCAS
    • Deadline for receiving foreign transcripts/evaluations: 12/1/2014 Postmarked by deadline
    • Details: 

      As part of the Supplemental Application, an applicant desiring to have international coursework considered for pre-pharmacy prerequisite courses will be asked to provide additional information such as an official, sealed international transcript(s) and syllabi and/or catalog course descriptions. No pharmacy course credit is granted from international transcripts. 

      A course by course evaluation (original copy) performed by one of the following companies is also required: 

      World Education Services, Inc.

      Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc.

      Josef Silny & Associates, Inc.-International Education Consultants


  13. Letters of Reference ↑ 

    • Are letters of reference (LORs) accepted? Yes
      • Number of LORs you accept: Three (3)
      • Are LORs required? Yes
      • Do applicants send the LORs to PharmCAS, or directly to your school? to PharmCAS
    • Institution Specific Details: 

      LORs from family members and close friends are NOT accepted. Three LORs are required:

      1. One letter of reference must be completed by a licensed pharmacist practicing or having practiced in the U.S. There is no exception to the pharmacist LOR.

      2. One letter of reference must be completed by an academic advisor, professor or teaching assistant teaching in the U.S.

      3. One letter of reference may be completed by a second professor or second pharmacist or supervisor/employer working in the U.S.

    • LOR types that are REQUIRED: 
      • Pharmacist
      • Pre-Health Adviser
      • Professor (Liberal Arts)
      • Professor (Math)
      • Professor (Science)
      • Teaching Assistant
    • LOR types that are CONDITIONALLY ACCEPTED: 
    • Note: please verify the institution specific details regarding CONDITIONALLY ACCEPTED LOR types. 
    • LOR types that are NOT ACCEPTED: 
      • Clergy
      • Co-Worker
      • Family Member
      • Friend
    • Are Committee Letters accepted? Yes
      • A Committee Letter is: Conditionally Accepted
      • Details: A Committee letter is accepted and in most cases will serve as one (1) LOR.
      • Does it count as more than one LOR? No
    • Are Composite Letters accepted? Yes
      • A Composite Letter is: Conditionally Accepted
      • Details: A Composite letter consists of letters from several individuals and can serve as one to three (1-3) LORs.
      • Does it count as more than one LOR? Yes

  14. Interviews ↑ 

    • Does your institution conduct interviews? Yes
    • Interview Dates:
      • Friday, November 21, 2014 
      • Monday, January 12, 2015 
      • Friday, January 30, 2015 
      • Friday, February 20, 2015 
      • Friday, March 6, 2015 
    • Details: 

      The interview process consists of a 4 hour process which includes: 

      The individual interview

      The individual problem solving exercise

      The team problem solving exercise

      • A brief review of an applicant's file and coursework by the Student Services Center Staff.

      • An informational browsing session on some key features of our Pharm.D. program, housing, as well as pertinent financial aid information.

  15. Accepted Applicants ↑ 

    • When are acceptance letters mailed to regular applicants? Acceptance letters are mailed four to six (4-6) weeks following the applicant interview.
    • When is the response to the acceptance offer due? The applicant has one (1) week to respond after the conditional letter of acceptance is sent.
    • Is there a deposit to hold an acceptee's place in the class? Yes
      • Amount: $400.00
      • Due: At the same time the acceptance letter is returned.
      • Refundable? No
      • Details: While not refundable, a portion of the deposit is applied toward the tuition and fees for the fall semester.
    • New Student Orientation Information: 
      • August 18-21, 2015 
      • Details: The orientation is required for all admitted students.
    • First day of classes and/or matriculation: August 24, 2015
    • Are requests for deferred entrance considered? Yes