University of Houston

College of Pharmacy

Contact Information (back to top)

Admissions Office Contact:

Morgan Ely
Director of Pharmacy Admissions

Student Services Center

University of Houston College of Pharmacy
Health Building 2
Room 3044
Houston, Texas 77204-5000

Phone (Work): 713-743-1291


Program Deadline (back to top)

PharmCAS Application and Transcript Deadline for the class entering fall of 2019: February 1, 2019

Accreditation Status (back to top)

ACPE Accreditation Status: Full Accreditation

Program Information (back to top)

Do you follow the AACP Cooperative Admissions Guidelines? No
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/Ph.D.
  • PharmD/M.B.A
Structure of your PharmD program: 2-4 (two years prepharmacy required)
Is a Baccalaureate degree preferred for admissions? No
Open House Information:
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:

Program Description (back to top)

Helping people get well is the number one reason many people choose health care as a career. As a pharmacist, you’ll be instrumental in working with patients and other healthcare professionals to optimize and manage medication therapies. Today, pharmacists are recognized as the medication experts who use not only their unique knowledge of drug actions and interactions but also clinical, patient communication and research skills as integral members of today’s interprofessional patient care teams.


UHCOP graduates continue to achieve exemplary results on the NAPLEX and MPJE national licensing exams, recently being ranked highest in the state of Texas, and third in the nation. Here is the link:


From delivering immunizations to interpreting genetic data for patient-drug metabolic compatibility, pharmacists ensure safe, effective use of drug therapies and achieve optimal health outcomes for their patients. Pharmacists today excel in a range of diverse career tracks and practice settings, from independent and large-chain community pharmacies to hospitals, clinics and a variety of public and private healthcare and research organizations. Some positions are involved in direct patient care, while others are more focused such areas as operations and management, consulting/managed care, and informatics/data for quality improvement and better patient health outcomes.


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. We have two locations, UH main campus, in Houston, TX, and Doctor’s Hospital Renaissance in Edinburg, Texas. The UH main campus location is housed in Health Building 2. We occupy approximately 128,000 square feet over five floors. Key elements of the college's new home include: two large stadium-style classrooms, active learning classrooms, pharmacy compounding and sterile products lab, OSCE suites, and state-of-the-art pharmacology, pharmaceutical and medicinal chemistry core laboratories. Our building on UH main campus also features active-learning technologies and facilities, including patient simulation,  patient-care and research laboratories.

Doctor’s Hospital Renaissance in Edinburg, Texas houses our second location known as UHRGV.

UH College of Pharmacy program in the Rio Grande Valley (UHRGV)

The University of Houston College of Pharmacy is excited to announce that it will begin admitting students to our second program, the University of Houston Rio Grande Valley at Doctor’s Hospital Renaissance (UHRGV) for applicants who will begin the Doctor of Pharmacy program for the fall of 2019.

The UHRGV program is housed within the Doctor’s Hospital Renaissance in Edinburg, Texas where UH faculty and administration work in collaboration with the counterparts on the main UH campus. This program allows admitted students the ability to take didactic coursework at the College of Pharmacy in Houston, Texas but complete their Introductory and Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences in the Rio Grande Valley area of Texas, one of the largest growing and diverse populations in the state.

During the admissions process to UH College of Pharmacy, students will select their desired program—UH Main Campus or UHRGV.  If admitted to the UHRGV program, students would be required to attend courses at the UH College of Pharmacy (located on the main UH campus) but would complete IPPEs (during the summers after their P1 and P2 years) and APPEs (starting the summer after their P3 year and continuing through the P4 spring semester) in the RGV area. This is a wonderful opportunity for students who are earning the Hispanic Healthcare Certificate or those who would like a language or cultural immersion experience.

Here is the link to learn more about the UHRGV program:


Our student body boasts a proven track record of volunteerism and outreach to the diverse populations within the Greater Houston area, along with student success in competitions and leadership positions at every level. For example, the college is a founding member of the interprofessional student-run H.O.M.E.S. Clinic, an APhA-recognized ambulatory care clinic serving Houston’s homeless community. UHCOP has been a proud member of the world-renowned Texas Medical Center since 1980 and offer unparalleled access to some of the brightest clinical minds and compassionate hearts in health care today.

Our pharmacy preceptor network in the Texas Medical Center, throughout Greater Houston-Galveston area and across Texas provides abundant and diverse experiential training settings that allow students to complete their experiential training without worrying about finding temporary housing outside of the Houston-Galveston area.

Here is the link to get on our mailing list to learn about upcoming events and happenings:

Here is the link to learn more about our recent achievements:

Infectious Diseases research lab

Student Outreach: Community Health Fairs

Program Statistics and Criteria (back to top)

Estimated number planning to interview for fall 2019 entering class: 300
Estimated number planning to accept for fall 2019 entering class: 125
Estimated fall 2019 entering class size including early assurance: 125
Estimated number of early assurance students advancing to the professional program in 2019: N/A
Is preference given to in-state applicants vs. out-of-state applicants? No
Number of IN-STATE seats available for fall 2019 entering class: No Quota
Number of OUT-OF-STATE seats available for fall 2019 entering class: No Quota
Minimum overall GPA considered: 3.44 is the average; No minimum >= 2.50 is preferred
Minimum prerequisite GPA considered: 3.51 is the average; No minimum >= 2.50 is preferred
Minimum composite PCAT score considered: 75% is the average; No Minimum >= 50% is preferred
Previous college experience prior to enrolling in the school/college of pharmacy: 3 or more years, no degree (>60 sem hrs)
Does your program require pharmacy observation hours? Recommended, but not required
Estimated percent of males in 2018 entering class: 28%
Estimated percent of females in 2018 entering class: 72%
Estimated average GPA of accepted students in 2018 entering class: 3.52
Age RANGE of entering students for fall 2018 class: 18-45
Ratio of applications received to the number of first-year students enrolled in fall 2018 class: 3.5:1

Program Prerequisites (back to top)

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: 43
Total number of college QUARTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation:
Applicants must successfully complete ALL course prerequisites by the end of the: Summer 2019 term
Course Prerequisites Table
Course Title Semester Hours Quarter Hours
Total 73   
Biology I with lab   
Biology II with lab   
Microbiology with lab   
Chemistry I with lab   
Chemistry II with lab   
Organic Chemistry I with lab   
Organic Chemistry II with lab   
Calculus I   
Physics I   
Introduction to Psychology OR Introduction to Sociology   
Government/Political Science I*   
Government/Political Science II*   
American History I*   
American History II*   
English I and II*   
Writing in the Disciplines (Institutional Designated course)*   
Language, Philosophy and Culture*   
Creative Arts*   

Additional Information

Applicants must receive no less than a "C" (2.0) in all prerequisite courses in order to be considered for admittance.


Repeated course grades are averaged, not replaced. All Science and Math prerequisite courses must be completed by end of Spring 2019 semester.


Two semesters or one year of high school physics in U.S. may satisfy the physics prerequisite course.


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 should be completed at that same institution 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.


*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 2019 semester.


To determine courses which are acceptable for Language, Philosophy and Culture; Creative Arts; and Writing in the Disciplines courses, visit the core curriculum in UH catalog located at


Prerequisite course 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) sent into PharmCAS must have specific course names and course numbers of credit awarded clearly indicated to be recognized.

An official Student Score Report from College Board ( may be used to verify credit by examination (AP, IB, CLEP) from College Board. The Student Score report may be mailed directly from College Board, or by the applicant to UHCOP, 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:


Prerequisite courses that are in-progress or will be completed by the end of summer 2018, must be indicated within the PharmCAS application, or will it be considered incomplete.


**Volunteer/community service is required for all applicants to UHCOP.

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.


AP Credits Accepted for Prerequisite Coursework


Supplemental Application (back to top)

Supplemental Application Required


Details: The UH College of Pharmacy requires a Supplemental Application and a Supplemental Application fee ($100) to be submitted online to the UH College of Pharmacy by the application deadline.
Deadline: 1/07/2019Received by deadline
Supplemental Application fee: $100.00
Obtaining the Supplemental Application:

Click here to access the supplemental application or copy/paste the url:

 Early Decision and Regular Decision applicants are to: 

  • Submit their PharmCAS application to PharmCAS without delay.
  • Complete and submit the online UHCOP Supplemental Application and Fee ($100) without delay.
  • Supplemental Application and fee must be processed by September 4, 2018 for Early Decision applicants, and by January 7, 2019 for Regular Decision applicants. 

The UH College of Pharmacy cannot process an 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 and submit the UHCOP Supplemental Application and fee as soon as a PharmCAS ID is obtained.

The UHCOP Supplemental Application consists of:

  • $100.00 nonrefundable Supplemental Application Fee (MC, Visa, Discover, AMEX)
  • Residency Questionnaire (if requesting in-state 'Texas' residency, documentation may be required)
  • Important Disclosures
  • Technical Standards
  • Certification Page
  • International Transcript Evaluation Process (if applicable)


Mail any applicable application materials (i.e. high school transcript, International Transcript Evaluation Process documentation, etc.)  to the following address:

University of Houston College of Pharmacy
Health Building 2
4849 Calhoun Road, Room 3044

Houston, Texas 77204-5000 

The PharmCAS ID MUST be provided with any supplemental materials sent to UHCOP. 

Tests (back to top)

PCAT required?


The oldest PCAT considered: 1/7/2016

UPDATE, The University of Houston College of Pharmacy will accept the February 2019 PCAT.

Regular Decision Applicants must have taken the PCAT exam no later than February 14, 2019. 

We will accept the Preliminary PCAT Score Report so long as it is uploaded to the applicant's PharmCAS account shortly after the test-date, with the PharmCAS ID included on the Student Score report.

Instructions for uploading Preliminary PCAT Score Report:

   1. Scan the Student Score Report, and  upload it to your PharmCAS account in the Documents section of your PharmCAS record.

    2. The attachment must be easily readable and cannot be any larger than 5MB in size

Offers of acceptance to applicants taking the February PCAT will be made with the understanding that offers are dependent upon submission of official results of the PCAT.

Note: Select PharmCAS Code 104 to report PCAT scores directly to PharmCAS.
TOEFL® required?


Note:Select code 8246 to report TOEFL scores directly to PharmCAS.
Other required tests or credentials:

Experience (back to top)

Is health care-related experience required? Not required

Residency (back to top)

Is proof of state residency required? Yes
Is preference given to state residents? No
Is preference given to residents of other states? No

Foreign Applicants (back to top)

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 AND Send an original foreign transcript directly to the school
Deadline for receiving foreign transcripts/evaluations: 8/1/2018 Received by deadline

Applicants desiring to have international coursework considered for Pharm.D. prerequisite courses are REQUIRED to provide all of the following items by the August 1st Priority Deadline:

  1. UHCOP Supplemental Application & fee
  2. Official, sealed international transcript(s) (mailed directly to UHCOP)
  3. Syllabi and/or catalog course descriptions (submitted through PharmCAS in the Program Materials Section under Documents)
  4. A course by course evaluation performed by World Education Services, Inc. (submitted through PharmCAS)

Mailing Address:
University of Houston College of Pharmacy 

Student Services
Health Building 2
4849 Calhoun Road,
Room 3044 
Houston, TX 77204

The UH College of Pharmacy will only begin the international transcript evaluation process after an applicant has submitted the PharmCAS and UHCOP Fall 2019 Supplemental Application. We cannot guarantee that requests for international credit received after August 1, 2018 will be processed.


No Pharm.D. course credit is granted from international transcripts. 

A valid Social Security number is required as a condition of acceptance into the Pharm.D. program.

Letters of Reference (back to top)

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. All Letters of Reference must be from individuals residing in the U.S.

LOR types that are REQUIRED:


  • Employer
  • Faculty Adviser
  • Pharmacist
  • Pre-Health Adviser
  • Professor (Liberal Arts)
  • Professor (Math)
  • Professor (Science)
  • Supervisor
  • Teaching Assistant


Note: please verify the institution specific details regarding CONDITIONALLY ACCEPTED LOR types.

  • Health Care Professional

LOR types that are NOT ACCEPTED:

  • Clergy
  • Co-Worker
  • Family Member
  • Friend
Are Committee Letters accepted? Yes
A Committee Letter is: Conditionally Accepted
Does it count as more than one LOR? No
Are Composite Letters accepted? Yes
A Composite Letter is: Conditionally Accepted
Does it count as more than one LOR? Yes
Details: A Composite letter consisting of letters from several individuals can serve as one to three (1-3) LORs.

Interviews (back to top)

Does your institution conduct interviews? Yes
Interview Format:
  • Multiple Mini Interviews (MMI)
Interview Dates:
  • Friday, September 28, 2018
  • Friday, October 12, 2018
  • Friday, November 9, 2018
  • Tuesday, January 8, 2019
  • Friday, January 25, 2019
  • Friday, March 1, 2019
  • Friday, March 22, 2019

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

  • A Multiple Mini Interview (MMI). UHCOP interviewers are made up of faculty or fellows, or Pharm.D. Residents. Our interview process is intended to assess interviewees’ non-cognitive skills
  • An individual written exercise (computer-based)
  • An informational session on some key features of our Pharm.D. program, four-year curriculum, and pertinent financial aid information
  • A student panel and break-out session, interacting with current Pharm.D. students

  • A brief tour pointing out some key areas of our College of Pharmacy

Accepted Applicants (back to top)

When are acceptance letters mailed to regular applicants? Notification of acceptance is sent by email 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?


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 12-17, 2019
First day of classes and/or matriculation: August 19, 2019
Are requests for deferred entrance considered? Yes