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Admissions Requirements

The following is required for admission:

 Pre-pharmacy Coursework

Applicants to the University of Colorado School of Pharmacy must complete all prerequisites with a grade of C or higher (C- or below is not acceptable) at a college or university that is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges or one of its regional affiliates. Applicants must complete all prerequisites by the end of the spring term prior to their first fall term in the School of Pharmacy. Science and Calculus prerequisite course work must have been completed within the last 10 years of the semester in which the applicant intends to enroll. We can offer prerequisites extensions into the summer semester in certain circumstances. Please contact us at for more information. In many cases, applicants can be admitted while they are completing the course work in the spring semester but the number of courses in progress may affect the decision of the admissions committee should there not be sufficient course work to evaluate.


The average GPA of our admitted students is typically around 3.4. Competition is typically the strongest among out-of-state applicants.



Application to the Doctor of Pharmacy program is available through the Pharmacy College Application Service or PharmCAS, a centralized application service to apply to multiple degree programs offered by schools and college of pharmacy.  PharmCAS is designed for first-year professional Pharm. D. degree programs.3


The Pharmacy College Admissions Test (PCAT) is required and considered in the admissions process for the Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences (SSPPS). The PCAT must have been taken within the last three years and no later than October of the year of application for December deadline applicants, and August of the year of application for Early Decision applicants. Composite scores over the 50th percentile is preferred but not required. The SSPPS now accepts the MCAT as well as the PCAT. You will need to send your score report directly to the school since PharmCAS does not have the option of including MCAT scores.  For more information, contact




Three recommendation forms are required as part of the PharmCAS application. Letters submitted in lieu of completing the form will not be accepted. The applicant should seek recommendations attesting to his/her academic performance (academic recommendation) or on the applicant's professional skills and potential for success in a rigorous professional degree program (professional recommendation).



All transcripts must be submitted to PharmCAS regardless of the age or transferability of courses. The admissions committee considers all coursework completed and derives a cumulative GPA from all colleges and universities attended. Failure to reveal all transcripts will result in disqualification. Once admitted, official transcripts from all previous colleges and universities (including other University of Colorado campuses) attended must be submitted directly to the School of Pharmacy. All transcripts must be received in a sealed envelope from the institution. Updated official transcripts must be provided as soon as each subsequent term is completed.


 English Proficiency

Excellent oral and written English communication skills are necessary prerequisites for admission to the school, success in the program and competent practice in the field of pharmacy. The CU Skaggs School of Pharmacy requires all applicants for whom English was not (or is not) the primary spoken language at home to receive an Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) by telephone. The interview is conducted by the school’s English as a Second Language (ESL) instructor, who is an American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) certified Oral Proficiency Tester in English, typically prior to the on-campus admissions interview. However, applicants may also be identified at any point in the on-campus interview process and be referred for a subsequent OPI. Any applicant born in a foreign country where English is not the native and primary language, or born/arrived in the US speaking another language at home until entering school, should consider that English is not their primary language and identify this on admission materials in order to receive an OPI. Due to the rigorous communicative demands of the Pharm.D. program, the minimum English oral proficiency admission standard is “advanced low” according to the ACTFL Oral Proficiency Guidelines for Speaking. Applicants rated at an oral proficiency level below “advanced low” via the OPI are disqualified from the pool of applicants considered for admission.


 On-site Interview

The onsite interview process is designed to assess the applicant's knowledge of the profession, communication and ability to perform in a positive, professional manner when working with others. In addition to an individual interview, the candidate will write an essay on an assigned topic, and will be observed in a problem-solving group activity to further assess interpersonal communication skills. To be considered for admission, applicants must participate in the onsite interview process.

When a candidate meets the threshold to be invited for an interview, the school's admissions team will contact the candidate directly with a summary of available interview dates.


 Interview Dates 2017-2018

Oct. 13 (Early Decision)              Jan. 12
Oct. 20                                      Jan. 19
Nov. 3                                       Jan. 26
Nov. 10                                     Feb. 9
Nov. 17                                     Feb. 16
Dec. 8

 Confirmation Deposit

Approximately two weeks after receiving a letter of acceptance, applicants must submit a $200 initial confirmation deposit to hold their position in the entering class. By March 1, an additional $200 confirmation deposit will be required. (After March 1, the total admission deposit will be $400). This deposit will be credited after the first semester of matriculation.



 Criminal Background Check

Each admitted student must submit to a national background check on upon initial, conditional acceptance to pharmacy school. The rationale for performing criminal background checks on accepted pharmacy school applicants is based on a number of issues, including 1) the need to enhance the safety and well-being of patients and, in so doing, to bolster the public's continuing trust in the pharmacy profession, 2) to ascertain the ability of accepted applicants to complete their pharmacy education (students are required to maintain a State of Colorado pharmacy intern license while participating in the pharmacy curriculum which includes direct patient care activities) and to eventually become licensed pharmacists.

In support of this recommendation, AACP has initiated a PharmCAS-facilitated national background check service, through which Certiphi Screening, Inc. (a Vertical Screen® Company) will procure a national background report on applicants at the point of acceptance. AACP has initiated this service in order to recognize the desire of pharmacy schools to procure appropriate national criminal history reports, and to prevent applicants from paying additional fees at each pharmacy school to which they are accepted.


 Drug Testing

​All matriculated students are also required to undergo drug testing and you will receive further information regarding this requirement after you are enrolled in the program. Please find this policy and others on the following page Drug Testing and Marijuana Policies.12

 Correspondence Methods During the Admissions Cycle

The School of Pharmacy reserves the right to choose to correspond with our applicants via e-mail, phone or by U.S. Postal Services. It is incumbent upon the applicant to ensure a current email, phone and postal address is currently on file. The School of Pharmacy cannot be held accountable if the candidate does not receive or respond to application or admission related correspondence.

E-mail messages generated by the School of Pharmacy and related services may be sent simultaneously to multiple applicants. To avoid missing important e-mails, turn the "Spam" or "junk" email filters off during the application cycle or periodically check your Spam/junk e-mail file for the School of Pharmacy related messages.