Skip to main content

What we look for

We use a holistic admissions process, which means we look at the whole applicant and all of the talents and abilities they bring. GPAs are important, but what we are really looking for are the future leaders of pharmacy. We celebrate different backgrounds, skills, and talents.

We look for evidence that you can and want to do the following:

  • Take the initiative and assume responsibility for your learning
  • Think critically and creatively to solve problems
  • Collaborate with others
  • Adapt quickly
  • Display curiosity
  • Communicate effectively and professionally both verbally and in writing
  • Act responsibly, ethically, and professionally
  • Make a positive difference in the lives of others.

We consider each applicant’s academic performance, extracurricular involvement, work experience, leadership experience, personal statement, research experience, and interview performance. Prior pharmacy or healthcare experience is not required, but it is encouraged. Here are some ways you can prepare for pharmacy school:

  • In high school, talk to your science and math teachers. Those subjects will be important in your pharmacy career.
  • Find out the prerequisites for the pharmacy schools you’re interested in and start taking those courses during your early years in college.
  • Get involved in community work and various clubs and activities.
  • Get some work experience in a pharmacy.
  • If you can, visit the pharmacy schools you are interested in.

Prospective Student Events

Pharmacy Friday

We invite you to learn more about the field of pharmacy and our admissions process, as well as engage with current Pharm.D. students. This event is specific to the Pharm.D. program. Please note that all Pharmacy Fridays are currently being held virtually.

Register now for an upcoming Pharmacy Friday!

Please call 828-250-3900 if you’re interested in an Asheville campus tour.

Open House

Discover career opportunities in the field of pharmacy, learn how to make yourself stand out in the application process, and engage with faculty, staff and current students. Please note that all Open Houses are currently being held virtually.

Register now for an upcoming Open House!

ExploRx Pharmacy

ExplorX

ExploRx Pharmacy is a dynamic and multifaceted one-day program on the Asheville campus designed to teach participants what pharmacy is, illustrate what a pharmacist does, and share tips and strategies about submitting a strong pharmacy school application.

Get more information

Contact Mercedes Tolbert (mercedes_tolbert@unc.edu) with questions.

Mentoring Future Leaders in Pharmacy (MFLIP)

MFLIP provides individualized and highly structured mentorship opportunities between student pharmacists and undergraduate college students. These connections increase access to knowledge and build confidence for those pursuing a career in pharmacy.

MFLIP Mission:
To provide undergraduate students interested in pursuing a career in pharmacy with a professional support system suitable for their individual needs and to foster connections and increase access between pre-pharmacy undergraduate students and Doctor of Pharmacy Students.

 

For more information, please email mflip.unc@gmail.com.

 

 

Schedule a meeting

Have some specific questions about our Pharm.D. program that you’d prefer to ask in a one-on-one setting? Schedule a meeting with Olivia Hammill, our Director of Pharm.D. Recruitment, here.


Prerequisites

Prerequisites for Pharm.D. Applicants

  • The doctor of pharmacy requires at least two years of undergraduate study (at least 72 credit hours), followed by four years of study in the professional program.
  • Applicants must complete all prerequisites by the end of May of the year they plan to enroll.
  • Students who will have earned a baccalaureate degree prior to enrolling in their first year of the program must complete the math and science prerequisites only.
  • Students who will not have earned a baccalaureate degree prior to enrolling in their first year of the program must complete BOTH the math and science prerequisites AND the general education requirements.
  • All prerequisites must be completed with a letter grade of C minus or better (not Pass/Fail).

Math and Science Prerequisites

  • Chemistry 101/101L (General Chemistry I with lab)
  • Chemistry 102/102L (General Chemistry II with lab)
  • *Chemistry 241/241L (Separations/Analytical Characterization with lab) UNC-Chapel Hill students only
  • Chemistry 261 (Organic Chemistry I with lab)
  • Chemistry 262/262L (Organic Chemistry II with lab)
  • Biology 101/101L (Principles of Biology with lab)
  • Biology 252/252L (Human Anatomy/Physiology with lab)
  • Microbiology 251 or 255 (Microbiology with lab)
  • Physics 114/114L (General Physics I with lab, calculus-based preferred but will accept algebra-based)
  • Physics 115/115L (General Physics II with lab, calculus-based preferred but will accept algebra-based; not required of students completing Chemistry 241/241 lab at UNC-Chapel Hill)
  • Math 231 or Math 241 (Calculus of One Variable)
  • Statistics 151 or 155 (Statistics)
  • Chemistry 430 (Biological Chemistry – upper level biochemistry class with organic chemistry I as a prerequisite)

Math and Science Prerequisites

  • Chemistry 101/101L (General Chemistry I with lab)
  • Chemistry 102/102L (General Chemistry II with lab)
  • *Chemistry 241/241L (Separations/Analytical Characterization with lab) UNC-Chapel Hill students only
  • Chemistry 261 (Organic Chemistry I with lab)
  • Chemistry 262/262L (Organic Chemistry II with lab)
  • Biology 101/101L (Principles of Biology with lab)
  • Biology 252/252L (Human Anatomy/Physiology with lab)
  • Microbiology 251 or 255 (Microbiology with lab)
  • Physics 114/114L (General Physics I with lab, calculus-based preferred but will accept algebra-based)
  • Physics 115/115L (General Physics II with lab, calculus-based preferred but will accept algebra-based; not required of students completing Chemistry 241/241 lab at UNC-Chapel Hill)
  • Math 231 or Math 241 (Calculus of One Variable)
  • Statistics 151 or 155 (Statistics)
  • Chemistry 430 (Biological Chemistry – upper level biochemistry class with organic chemistry 1 as a prerequisite)

General Education

  • Foreign Language-completion through level three in a single language
  • Social and Behavioral Sciences-three courses from at least two different departments or curricula. One of these courses must be a Historical Analysis course
  • Humanities and Fine Arts- one course in philosophical analysis that contains significant content in ethics and moral reasoning (Philosophical and Moral Reasoning), one course in literature and one course in visual or performing arts (Visual, Performing, and Literary Arts
  • Lifetime Fitness
  • U.S. Diversity
  • Global Issues
  • English 105 (Composition and Rhetoric) (English 101 and 102 are acceptable for students who entered college in fall 2011 or earlier)

How Do I Evaluate My Prerequisite Courses?

Click on the description below that fits you.

Step 1

Print out the list of PharmD prerequisite courses. As a non-degree student, you will need to complete math, science, and general education prerequisites.

Step 2

Print out or acquire a transcript from your school(s).

Step 3

Click here to find the transfer equivalency page for your school to determine how courses at your school transfer to courses at UNC-Chapel Hill. If you attend or attended a community college in North Carolina, click here to find the NC Community College Common Curriculum.

Step 4

Write down the UNC-Chapel Hill equivalent courses next to your courses on your transcript from Step 2 in a new column.

Step 5

For general education requirements, consult the UNC undergraduate catalog.

Step 6

If there are courses that are not listed on the transfer equivalency page and you think they fulfill prerequisites, first review our Admissions FAQs below. If you have AP, IB, or CLEP credits, click here to determine score standards at UNC-Chapel Hill.

If you are still unable to locate the equivalent course, please direct specific questions to pharmacy_admissions@unc.edu.

Step 1

Print out the list of PharmD prerequisite courses. Since you have a baccalaureate degree, you will only need to complete the math and science prerequisites.

Step 2

Print out or acquire a transcript from your school(s).

Step 3

Click here to find the transfer-equivalency page for your school to determine how courses at your school transfer to courses at UNC-Chapel Hill. If you attend or attended a community college in North Carolina, click here to find the NC Community College Common Curriculum.

Step 4

Write down the UNC-Chapel Hill equivalent courses next to your courses on your transcript from Step 2 in a new column.

Step 5

If there are courses that are not listed on the transfer equivalency tab and you think they fulfill prerequisites, first review our Admissions Frequently Asked Questions below on this page. If you have AP, IB, or CLEP credits, click here to determine score standards at UNC-Chapel Hill.

If you are still unable to locate the equivalent course, please direct specific questions to pharmacy_admissions@unc.edu.

Foreign credits are evaluated in accordance to practices currently used by the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. The applicant must have their courses evaluated by World Education Services (WES).

Students must submit their course-by-course transcript evaluations to PharmCAS when applying for admission. You can request a WES evaluation directly through the PharmCAS application. If a student is admitted, the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy will use the course-by-course evaluation to award credit based on rules currently in place for transferring credit from U.S. colleges and universities.

Step 1

Submit your foreign transcript to World Education Services (WES).”

Step 2

After your transcript has been evaluated, print out the list of PharmD prerequisite courses.

Step 3

Compare the PharmD prerequisite courses to the courses on your evaluated transcript.

Step 4

Check our prerequisites Frequently Asked Questions. If you have AP, IB, or CLEP credits, click here to determine score standards at UNC-Chapel Hill.

If you have questions about equivalent courses, please contact pharmacy_admissions@unc.edu.

Step 5 (for non-degree applicants only)

For general education requirements, consult the UNC undergraduate catalog.

Prospective students who would like to transfer from another college/school of pharmacy must apply as an entry-level applicant and enter as a first year student.

Policy for Transferring Credits

The UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy is responsible for evaluating and awarding transfer credit for enrolling students. Transfer credit hours are awarded for grades of C minus or better in the School of Pharmacy. Students presenting an equivalent course with a grade of D will receive course-content-credit only (excluding math and science prerequisites). Therefore, hours from these courses will not count towards the required credits needed for graduation.

The UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy consults the Office of Undergraduate Admissions and the following publications when courses are in question:

  • Transfer Credit Practices of Designated Educational Institutions published by the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admission Officers
  • Accredited Institution of Post-Secondary Education published by the American Council on Education

Course Waivers

If a student feels he/she is proficient in a course not accepted for credit, he/she may seek approval through the appropriate UNC department. If credit is recommended by the department, the student must submit a letter to the Office of Curricular and Student Affairs from the department stating that credit is recommended.

It is the student’s responsibility to ensure that all courses completed for transfer to UNC-Chapel Hill are equivalent to the required UNC-Chapel Hill course.

Hepatitis B Immunity

  • These vaccinations are normally administered during childhood in the United States.
    • If the vaccine series was not received during childhood, this requirement will take up to 7 months to complete (initial three vaccine series and titer)– check your health documentation when applying and begin the vaccination series by November 15 if needed.
  • Documentation for this requirement must include the three vaccine series and a positive titer (immunity blood test) lab report with reference range/index.
    • Achieving a positive titer may require additional time-sensitive steps. This information will be made available to admitted students on the New Student website.

Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR)

  • These vaccinations are normally administered during childhood in the United States.
  • Documentation for this requirement must show two combined MMR vaccinations OR individual vaccinations for measles (2 doses), mumps (2 doses), and rubella (1 dose) OR a sufficient combination thereof; OR
  • Positive titer (immunity blood test) lab reports for each disease are also acceptable forms of documentation.

Tetanus/diphtheria/pertussis

  • These vaccinations are normally administered during childhood in the United States.
  • Documentation for this requirement must show a minimum of three vaccinations.  These vaccinations may take any of the following forms:
    • DTP (diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis)
    • DTaP (diphtheria, tetanus, acellular pertussis)
    • DT (diphtheria, tetanus)
    • Td (tetanus, diphtheria)
    • Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria, acellular pertussis)
  • At least one of the three required vaccinations MUST be an adult Tdap vaccine (brand name Adacel or Boostrix) given in the past 10 years.  This dose of Tdap is a one-time requirement for all health science students.  A Td booster is required every 10 years thereafter.
  • Students must provide current tetanus documentation (vaccination or booster within the last 10 years) to matriculate.

Varicella (chicken pox)

  • These vaccinations are normally administered during childhood in the United States.
  • Documentation for this requirement must either show two varicella vaccinations; OR
  • Positive IgG (antibody) titer (immunity blood test) lab report.
  • Providing a document that shows the date(s) that you had the disease is not sufficient.

Polio

  • These vaccinations are normally administered during childhood in the United States.
  • Documentation for this requirement must show a minimum of three vaccinations. Students who are 18 years of age or older and who do not have a vaccination record for this requirement will need to contact the School after receiving an admissions offer for instructions.

Tuberculosis (TB)

  • A TB blood test is required (QuantiFERON Gold or T-Spot) or a 2-step TB skin test (must include place, date, read date, and mm induration for each test).
  • A lab report is required for documentation
  • Lab report may be qualitative or quantitative, but it must include a reference range/index
  • For more information about TB Blood tests, please visit the CDC webpage (link to https://www.cdc.gov/tb/topic/testing/tbtesttypes.htm)
  • Students who have had a previous positive skin test or who cannot complete a blood test due to other contraindications will need to contact the School after receiving their admissions offer.

Documentation

  • The health documentation required by the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy is separate from and in addition to the documentation required by UNC-Chapel Hill Campus Health.
  • Admitted students will be sent instructions on submitting their health documentation. You do not need to send your documentation until you have been accepted into the program.
  • You should always keep your own copies of your health documents.  You will need them throughout the Pharm.D. program and your pharmacy career.

Health Insurance

  • All students enrolled at UNC-Chapel Hill are required to have health insurance.
  • Each semester the Student Health Insurance Fee (insurance premium) is added to all students’ University accounts. Students are required to pay the premium or complete the online waiver process before the semester deadline. The waiver requires that you have your own insurance.
  • Once your waiver is verified and approved, the premium will be credited back to your student account.

More information is available at https://campushealth.unc.edu/charges-insurance.

Pharmacy College Admission Test (PCAT)

  • In response to the extraordinary circumstances associated with the COVID-19 pandemic, the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy is temporarily making the PCAT test an optional requirement for the 2021-2022 admissions cycle. Applicants who are unable to complete an exam or who choose not to report exam scores will not be disadvantaged.
  • Submitting PCAT scores may be helpful for those who are concerned about a particular area of their application. If you choose to submit PCAT scores, we will review them with the rest of your application materials. The PCAT must be taken no later than January of the year you plan to enroll for consideration. If you are applying through the priority deadline, we suggest taking the PCAT in July.
  • If you choose to submit PCAT scores, submit scores to PharmCAS, not to the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy. Use PCAT code 104 in PharmCAS.

There are several scores reported on the PCAT score report. The UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy reviews all the scores but reports composite percentile rank. Your highest PCAT score will be considered for admission.

Register for the PCAT

Pharm.D. Application Process

The first step in the application process is to complete and submit an online application to PharmCAS. Your PharmCAS application must be submitted by either the priority deadline of October 1, 2021 or the final deadline of February 1, 2022, for the following fall term. Submit your application as soon as possible to ensure earlier review by the Admissions Committee.

You must submit your PharmCAS application and it must be verified before you can receive the supplemental information form.

The PharmCAS application includes the following:

  1. PharmCAS application fee
  2. Biographical data
  3. Post-secondary institutions attended
  4. Academic course history
  5. Work experience
  6. Extracurricular activities
  7. A personal statement
  8. Official transcripts from all accredited U.S. institutions attended
  9. Two letters of recommendation
  10. PCAT optional

We recommend that you thoroughly review the PharmCAS “Before You Apply” information and have unofficial copies of all postsecondary transcripts available before you begin this process.

Once the PharmCAS application is completed and verified, the data will be forwarded to the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy.

Once your PharmCAS application has been submitted and verified, you’ll receive a link to complete supplemental information that is specific to UNC. This form is free and should only take a few minutes to review and submit. This information is required of all applicants to the University.

For those who are applying by the priority deadline, the supplemental information should be submitted by October 15, 2021. For those who are applying by the final deadline, the supplemental information should be submitted by February 21, 2022.

Submit your information as soon as possible to ensure an earlier review by the Admissions Committee.

*Please note that you will not receive the link to complete the supplemental information form until your PharmCAS application has been verified. Keep in mind that it may take several weeks to verify your PharmCAS application. You will want to plan ahead so you are able to submit both your PharmCAS application and the supplemental information form by the deadline.

Residency Information

You will be asked to complete residency questions to determine your in-state or out-of-state residency status for tuition purposes. If you are claiming North Carolina residency, you will need to provide dates for domiciliary acts such as voting, registering to vote, serving jury duty, obtaining a North Carolina driver’s license, or filing an individual NC tax return.

Once you have submitted your PharmCAS application and supplemental information, the Admissions Committee will review your materials and invite selected applicants to interview for our program. Interviews will be scheduled September through February. Not all applicants will be invited to interview. Please note that the interview is equally as important in the admission process as other factors.

We use the Multiple Mini Interview (MMI). The MMI is a series of 7 interview stations consisting of timed (eight-minute) interview scenarios. The MMI will not test prior pharmacy knowledge, but will assess characteristics and attributes the Admissions Committee feel are important for success as a pharmacist.

It is important to review and understand the following policies:

PharmCAS Application Status: If you wish to see if your application is complete and PharmCAS has forwarded your file to UNC, you can log in to your PharmCAS application and check the status menu option.


Admissions FAQs

What is a Pharm.D.?

The doctor of pharmacy, or Pharm.D., is the professional degree for pharmacists similar to the M.D. for physicians or D.D.S. for dentists. Earning a Pharm.D. and successfully passing a licensure exam make you eligible to practice as a pharmacist.

What is the difference between a Pharm.D. and a Ph.D. in pharmaceutical sciences?

The Pharm.D. program is for those who want to be practicing pharmacists (though many of our Ph.D. graduates go on to work in academia, industry, and government).

How long does it take to complete the Pharm.D. program?

Four years. Prerequisite coursework can be completed in two to three years.

Is there an accelerated or bridge program for people with a related degree?

No.

Do you offer a bachelor’s degree in pharmacy or pharmaceutical sciences?

The School does not offer a standalone bachelor’s degree program.

What is the grade point average of admitted students?

The minimum cumulative GPA we will consider is a 2.5.

How many students apply to the Pharm.D. program? How many are accepted?

We aim to enroll 150 students into the program for each entering class.

Does the School offer printed applications or a paper-based application process?

No. All applications must be submitted online through PharmCAS and the School’s supplemental information form.

May I make an appointment to speak with someone from the admissions office?

Yes! You can schedule an appointment with our director of Pharm.D. recruitment here.

What factors are considered in a student’s admission to the Pharm.D. program?

Decisions are not based on a single number.

The School considers all written information you submit as part of your application.

Each applicant is considered as a whole, including factors such as:

  • Academic performance
  • Extracurricular activities
  • Community service
  • Leadership experiences
  • Work experiences/shadowing
  • Personal statement.

Do I have to have worked in a pharmacy to be accepted to the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy?

No. Applicants who have substantial pharmacy or healthcare experience typically fare better during the interview sessions because they know more about the profession. If you do not have any pharmacy experience, consider volunteering, shadowing a pharmacist, or speaking extensively with a variety of health care providers before your interview session.

Do you have a regional campus?

We have one regional campus in Asheville.

The UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy offers one Pharm.D. program, and students have the option of completing the program on the Chapel Hill or Asheville campus.

Can you complete the program online or part-time?

No. All students must complete the program in person as full-time students.

Do you offer a non-traditional or accelerated program for practicing pharmacists?

No. We only offer the traditional 4-year program.

Can I transfer into the Pharm.D. program from another pharmacy school?

No. All students must apply as entry-level applicants and complete all 4 years of the program.

Do you offer an early assurance program?

Yes. We offer an early assurance program through a partnership with UNC’s Office of Undergraduate Admissions, Excel@Carolina.

Will you accept pass/fail grades for courses taken in Spring 2020 and Fall 2020 due to the pandemic?

While we prefer letter grades, we will accept pass or credit grades for courses taken during the Spring 2020 and Fall 2020 semesters from institutions that put special grading accommodations in place. You can find an example of a special grading accommodation policy here.

Does it matter at what school I take my prerequisite coursework?

Prerequisites can be taken at any accredited university or college in the United States or Canada. We do consider the rigor of the institution where the courses are completed, along with the number of courses taken at the same time. Check the Prerequisites section of this page to make sure you are taking the correct courses.

Does it matter what size academic load I carry during my pre-pharmacy coursework?

We recommend that applicants carry a full academic load (15 or 16 credit hours) per semester and suggest taking a minimum of three science courses each term. This gives you a chance to preview what is in store for you in pharmacy school, which is a full course load that cannot be taken part-time. At the same time, this gives us a better opportunity to evaluate your chances of success in pharmacy school.

If I have credit from a foreign college or university, how can I have this coursework evaluated?

Have your foreign coursework evaluated by World Education Service. PharmCAS only accepts foreign evaluations from World Education Services. Please request a course-by-course transcript evaluation through the PharmCAS application.

What if I have a D or F in a math or science prerequisite course?

We only accept grades of C minus or better in prerequisite courses.

Must I complete all required prerequisite courses before I apply?

No. However, you must complete all requirements by May of the year you will be enrolling in the Pharm.D. program.

If I take courses after submitting my application, how will the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy know?

Update your PharmCAS application during the Academic Update period. The information will then be shared with us. Additionally, if you are admitted, you will be asked to submit a prerequisite completion plan.

If I already have a baccalaureate degree, do I need to fulfill the general education prerequisites?

No. Be sure to complete the math and science prerequisites with a grade of C minus or better.

Does UNC accept my AP, IB, or CLEP scores for prerequisites?

In some cases. Check Test Credit to see what scores UNC-Chapel Hill accepts.

My school does not have anatomy and physiology together in a one semester course. Instead, they are divided into a two semester anatomy and physiology course sequence or between areas of the body. Which courses should I take?

Take both courses. The course content should cover all areas/systems of the body.

Will a vertebrate anatomy course meet the human anatomy and physiology requirement?

No. You must take human anatomy and physiology with lab to meet the requirement.

I have already completed physiology with lab. Will that satisfy the anatomy and physiology requirement?

No. You must take a human anatomy and physiology course with lab OR, if you have already taken a physiology course with lab, you may take an anatomy course to fulfill the anatomy and physiology prerequisite. If you have taken an anatomy course with lab, you may take a physiology course to fulfill the anatomy and physiology prerequisite. Check the UNC transfer course equivalencies website for information on specific courses.

Can I take a calculus course other than an equivalent of Math 231 or 241 in order to fulfill the calculus prerequisite?

No. We can only accept a course that is equivalent to Math 231 or 241.

Do courses other than the equivalents to Statistics 151 or 155 fulfill the statistics prerequisite?

Any pure statistics class may be used, including statistics for the behavioral sciences. You cannot use a course other than a statistics course even if it has a strong statistics component.

My institution does not offer lab sections for some of the lower-level science courses. What should I do?

Lab sections are required for courses with a lab on our prerequisite list. You may want to consider taking lab sections at a community or technical college.

Should the physics prerequisite be algebra-based or calculus-based?

We prefer calculus-based. If you have already taken an algebra-based sequence, or if that is the sequence required for your major, you don’t need to retake the sequence as calculus-based.

Can I complete my prerequisite classes online?

Yes. The institution must be regionally accredited. Please seek prior approval from our admissions team.

Which biochemistry course (Chemistry 430) should I take?

The biochemistry course should be an introduction to fundamental principles of biochemistry. Emphasized topics should include the structures and functions of major classes of biological macromolecules (proteins, carbohydrates, nucleic acids and lipids), the chemical nature of essential cellular processes (metabolism, bioenergetics, and biochemical genetics), the primary catabolic pathways of carbohydrates (glycolysis, gluconeogenesis, and the Krebs cycle), and enzyme catalysis and basic kinetics. Two semesters of organic chemistry should be a prerequisite for the course.

Is the Pharmacy College Admission Test required for admission to the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy PharmD program?

The PCAT is optional for the 2021-22 application cycle.

When should I take the PCAT?

We recommend taking the PCAT in the summer or fall of the year you apply.

How long are my PCAT scores good?

We prefer scores no older than three years and will not consider scores older than five.

How many times may I take the PCAT?

You can take the PCAT up to five times.

How should I prepare for the PCAT?

You can download a practice test and study guide as well as an information booklet from the PCAT website.

Commercial preparatory books are also available through most university bookstores.

What are the health requirements for Pharm.D. students?

You can find our health requirements listed above under the Health Requirements tab.

Why must Pharm.D. students have the extra vaccinations?

Pharmacy students are healthcare workers and must be immunized to protect them from communicable diseases. No students will be allowed to begin classes in the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy unless they provide verification that they meet the program’s vaccination and immunity requirements.

Do I have to have a college degree to apply to the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy?

No. You may enter our program after successfully completing the general education and math and science prerequisite courses.

If you have a bachelor’s degree, you are not required to complete the general education prerequisites. You are only required to successfully complete the math and science prerequisite courses.

Do most applicants have a degree?

Yes, approximately 80-90 percent of students who enrolled over the past few years held a four-year degree at the point of enrollment.

When do I apply to the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy?

The first step, the PharmCAS application, is typically available in mid-July. PharmCAS requires four-to-six weeks to verify an application before it is forwarded to individual schools of pharmacy.

What is the difference between the priority deadline and the final deadline?

The priority deadline is non-binding and is best suited for candidates for whom UNC is their first choice. Applicants who submit both their PharmCAS application and the supplemental information form by the priority deadline will receive priority consideration for an interview invitation. Those who apply by the priority deadline may also receive their admissions decision earlier in the application cycle.

The final deadline is the last date applicants can submit an application for consideration during the 2021-2022 application cycle.

Regardless of which deadline you choose, we recommend submitting your application as soon as possible. We have a rolling admissions process and will start reviewing applications as soon as the cycle opens.

How will I know that my application has been received and is complete?

  • PharmCAS application: Log in to your PharmCAS application and check the Status menu option.
  • Supplemental information: You will receive a confirmation email after submitting your supplemental information.

Do I have to apply to UNC’s Office of Undergraduate Admissions as well as the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy?
No. All applicants first submit an application through PharmCAS and then supplemental information through the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy.

When will I be notified of acceptance?

After your application is complete and you have been interviewed, the Admissions Committee will make its decision. All offers are conditional based on the completion of your remaining prerequisite courses with grades of C minus or better. You must also provide the required health documentation. Applicants are usually notified of their admissions decision no later than April.

If admitted, can I defer my admission?

Deferment is considered on a case-by-case basis and only in rare circumstances such as a sudden change in health or a significant personal/life issue. Official documentation may be required as part of the deferment process. Petitions for deferment should be made to the Director of Admissions in writing via email.

Is there a maximum number of times I can apply to the Pharm.D. program?

Students can apply a maximum of 3 times.

Is an interview required for admission into the pharmacy program?

Yes. Interviews are scheduled from September through February. Those who submit their application earlier will increase their chance of being invited for an interview earlier in the admission process.

What form will the interview take?

Each candidate will participate in a multiple mini interview (MMI) session.

The MMI is a series of seven interview stations consisting of timed (eight-minute) interview scenarios. The MMI does not test pharmacy knowledge but will assess characteristics and attributes the Admissions Committee feel are important for success as a pharmacist.

How should I dress for the interview?

Professional attire is recommended.

How many recommendation letters are required?

We require two letters of recommendation and will not accept more than four. The School will only accept letters submitted through PharmCAS.

Who would be the best person to ask for a recommendation?

The best person to write a recommendation for you is someone who knows you very well and can comment on the characteristics that will make you a good pharmacist.

  • Academic professors, research lab supervisors, and employers (especially those related to pharmacy) are excellent sources for recommendations.
  • We do not accept recommendations from family members, friends, or students currently in the Pharm.D. program.

If I submit more than the maximum number of letters of recommendation for my Pharm.D. application, will all of them be reviewed?

No. The maximum number of recommendations PharmCAS will accept is four. While we only require two recommendations, we will review up to four if submitted.

Is financial aid available?

Yes, through both the School and UNC-Chapel Hill.

What financial aid is available through UNC-Chapel Hill?

Visit the Office of Scholarships and Student Aid for full details and links to financial aid resources.

What financial assistance can the School provide?

We understand that pharmacy school is an investment and work to make our program affordable for students. We offer $200,000 in scholarships specifically for first-year students. Applicants are considered for these awards just by applying to our program. Students are then eligible for nearly $1 million in competitive awards for their second, third, and fourth years in the program.

How do I apply for federal financial aid or aid from the University?

All students apply for financial aid through the Office of Scholarships and Student Aid. The priority deadline is March 1 of each year and you may apply for financial aid prior to receiving your admission decision. Information can be found at www.fafsa.ed.gov.

Can international students qualify for financial aid?

Students who hold a United States Permanent Resident Card (Form I-551 or a green card, as it is also known) can be considered for need-based federal and institutional funds.

All other international students are required by law to certify at the time of admission that they can pay for their education.

When is the deadline to apply for financial aid?

Financial aid applications are available beginning in October and you do not have to wait to be admitted to apply. The priority deadline is March 1.

I’m from out-of-state. Will I be able to establish in-state residency to help lower the cost of tuition and fees?

We encourage all of our out-of-state students to consider applying for residency after their first year in North Carolina. You can find information about the residency process here and here. Typically, over 85 percent of those who apply for North Carolina residency are successful. All residency decisions are made by the North Carolina Residency Determination Service.

Do you have any resources that can help me with financial planning and budgeting?

Both the UNC Cashier’s Office and the UNC Office of Scholarships and Student Aid provide budgeting resources on their websites.

Will I complete my pharmacy practice experiences in the Chapel Hill area?

All students will be placed in one of the Area Health Education Centers (AHEC) across the state for their professional experiences, also known as experiential education. Though you will have some input in this process, most students must leave the Chapel Hill area for the entire last year of study.

Where will I complete my pharmacy practice experiences?

Based on preceptor and site availability, Pharm.D. students can be placed across the state of North Carolina for pharmacy practice experiences – both early immersion and advanced practice experiences. AHEC housing may be an option for students who are placed away from their home campus for pharmacy practice experiences.

Is a laptop computer required in the Pharm.D. program?

Yes. You can find hardware and software specifications here.

How do I establish North Carolina residency for tuition purposes?

The UNC Registrar’s Office offers information on establishing residency.

Are drug tests and background checks required upon admission?

All students are required to complete a background check using Certiphi, which is the PharmCAS vendor.

How do I contact the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy regarding questions about admission into the Pharm.D. program?


Pharm.D. Tuition and Fees

2021-2022 UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy Pharm.D. Estimated Tuition and Fees

N.C. Residents

Semester Tuition Fees Total**
Fall or Spring $11,193.50

(per semester)

$998.82

(+ $200 clerkship fee when applicable)

$12,192.32
Summer*

(After PY1 & PY3 years)

$2,793.00

(per semester)

$330.00

(+ $200 clerkship fee when applicable)

$3,123.00

Non-N.C. Residents

In order to qualify as a resident for tuition purposes, a person must have established legal residence (or domicile) in North Carolina and maintained that legal residence for at least twelve months prior to their classification as a resident for tuition purposes. Each student is classified as an in-state or out-of-state resident upon admission. Non-resident students do have the opportunity to pursue North Carolina residency for tuition purposes. Non-residents interested in pursuing this option should carefully review the information provided by the North Carolina Residency Determination Service (RDS). The School’s Registrar can answer individual questions regarding the residency for tuition purposes process.

Semester Tuition Fees Total**
Fall or Spring $22,757.00

(per semester)

$998.82

(+ $200 clerkship fee when applicable)

$23,755.82
Summer*

(After PY1 & PY3 years)

$6,690.00

(per semester)

$330.00

(+ $200 clerkship fee when applicable)

$7,020.00
 

^Rates may increase by as much as five to ten percent per academic year.
* Summer rates are based on those from summer 2019.
** Totals do not include $200 per clerkship fee.


Funding Opportunities

Federal Financial Aid

You may complete the FAFSA application as soon as it becomes available for the year you wish to enter. You are not required to have an admission decision before completing this application. The priority deadline is March 1 of the year you wish to enroll.

UNC-Chapel Hill Financial Aid

Visit the website of the Office of Scholarships and Student Aid for more information.

UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy Scholarships

First-year pharmacy students are considered for $200,000 in scholarships just by applying to the program. We offer nearly $1 million in competitive scholarships, awards, and grants each year after the first year.

Other Funding Sources

 

 

Ready to take the next step?

APPLY NOWCONTACT USDOWNLOAD OUR PHARMD GUIDE