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Admissions Requirements

The following is required for admission:

 Pre-pharmacy Coursework

Applicants must complete all 72 semester hours of pre-pharmacy coursework with a grade of C or higher (C- or below is not acceptable) by the end of the spring term prior to their first fall term in the School of Pharmacy. Due to the increasingly competitive nature of the applicant pool, individuals who have completed all pre-pharmacy courses prior to applying for admission may receive some preference. Online labs (with the exception of the Physiology Lab) and public speaking courses will not be accepted. Failure to complete the coursework satisfactorily will result in withdrawal of the admission offer.



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.

In addition to the PharmCAS application, candidates must also submit a Supplemental Application.  Candidates must submit both a PharmCAS application and a supplemental application to be considered for admission.  For more information, please go to the following page to apply.



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.


 Confirmation Deposit

Approximately two weeks after receiving a letter of acceptance, applicants must submit a $1,000 confirmation deposit to hold their position in the entering class. This is a one-time only deposit and will be returned as a credit in the first semester of matriculation. If the student withdraws after enrolling in the School of Pharmacy, it will be refunded minus any debts to the university.


 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.


 Correspondence methods

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.