In order to have your application materials accepted for review, you must first meet the eligibility requirements outlined below. Applicants who do not meet these requirements, or who are unable to provide the verification necessary, will not be considered for admission; and their applications will be administratively canceled. There are no exceptions to these requirements.

 Open Admission

All other students admitted to the program compete for space in the class. The requirements to be considered a competitive applicant for the School of Pharmacy’s professional program are:

  • completion of the preprofessional requirements
  • overall GPA of 3.0
  • science GPA of 3.0
  • completion of the PharmCAS Application
  • completion of the Supplemental Application
  • selected applicants will be required to participate in the interview process (interviews are by invitation only)

The PCAT is optional and will be considered in the holistic application review process for applicants who have reported scores. Applicants who are unable to complete an exam or who choose not to report exam scores will not be disadvantaged. Applicants are advised to take the PCAT in July and/or September, October, or November for consideration.

All pre-professional courses must be obtained from an accredited USA institution for a letter grade Pass/fail, online, distance learning, CLEP, and foreign courses are not accepted.
All prerequisites must be satisfied under the guidelines set forth by the Academic Prerequisite Record (part of the online application). All prerequisite mathematics and science subjects must be completed no later than the spring term of the year of admission. All other preprofessional courses should be completed no later than August 20. All required courses must be taken for a letter grade. Pass/fail, CLEP, and foreign courses are not accepted. Grades lower than a letter grade of a C are non- transferable from institutions other than the University of Pittsburgh.
Advanced Placement Tests
Some prerequisites may also be met through the Advanced Placement Test offered through The College Board and Educational Testing Services (ETS). These are the only placement tests accepted toward prerequisites. CLEP credits are not accepted.
All students should be able to utilize word processing and spreadsheet software. Students unfamiliar with these basic computer applications should complete a computer literacy course.