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 and PCATs 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 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, PCAT exam scores, extracurricular involvement, work experience, leadership experience, personal statement, research experience, and interview performance. Prior pharmacy or health-care 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.

Prerequisites

Our curriculum is engaging, contemporary, relevant, and challenging. Learn more about the kind of student who will thrive here.

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

Course Number Title hours
Chemistry 101/101L General Chemistry I with lab 4
Chemistry 102/102L General Chemistry II with lab 4
Chemistry 241/241L Separations/Analytical Char with lab
Only required for students completing prerequisite courses at UNC-Chapel Hill
3
Chemistry 261 Organic Chemistry I with lab 3/4
Chemistry 262/262L Organic Chemistry II with lab 4
Biology 101/101L Principles of Biology with lab 4
Biology 252/252L Human Anatomy/Physiology with lab 4
Microbiology 251 or 255 Microbiology with lab 4
Physics 114 Physics I with lab (calculus based preferred) 4
Physics 115 Physics II with lab (calculus based preferred)
Not required of students completing Chemistry 241/241L at UNC-Chapel Hill.
4
Math 231 or 241 Calculus of One Variable 3
Statistics 151 or 155 Statistics 3
Chemistry 430 Biological Chemistry
Two semesters of organic chemistry should be a pre-requisite for the course.
3

Math and Science Prerequisites

Course Number Title hours
Chemistry 101/101L General Chemistry I with lab 4
Chemistry 102/102L General Chemistry II with lab 4
Chemistry 241/241L Separations/Analytical Char with lab
Only required for students completing prerequisite courses at UNC-Chapel Hill
3
Chemistry 261 Organic Chemistry I with lab 3/4
Chemistry 262/262L Organic Chemistry II with lab 4
Biology 101/101L Principles of Biology with lab 4
Biology 252/252L Human Anatomy/Physiology with lab 4
Microbiology 251 or 255 Microbiology with lab 4
Physics 114 Physics I with lab (calculus based preferred) 4
Physics 115 Physics II with lab (calculus based preferred)
Not required of students completing Chemistry 241/241L at UNC-Chapel Hill.
4
Math 231 or 241 Calculus of One Variable 3
Statistics 151 or 155 Statistics 3
Chemistry 430 Biological Chemistry
Two semesters of organic chemistry should be a pre-requisite for the course.
3

General Education Requirements

Foreign Language-completion through level three in a single language. 9-10
Social and Behavioral Sciences-three courses from at least two different departments or curricula. One of these courses must be a Historical Analysis course. 9
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). 9
Lifetime Fitness 1
U.S. Diversity 3
Global Issues 3
English 105 (Composition and Rhetoric)
English 101 and 102 are acceptable for students who entered college in fall 2011 or earlier
3

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.

UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy Immunization Form


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)

  • The PCAT is required for all applicants.
  • The PCAT must be taken no later than January of the year you plan to enroll. If you are applying through Early Decision, we suggest taking the PCAT in July. We will accept unofficial scores for September tests, with admission being contingent upon receipt of acceptable official scores.
  • Every applicant must submit scores to PharmCAS, not to the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy.
  • Use PCAT code 104 in PharmCAS to have your scores sent to UNC through PharmCAS.

The PCAT is offered every year in the summer, fall, and spring at many testing centers throughout the United States.

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 March 2 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 before starting your supplemental application.

The PharmCAS application includes the following:

  1. PharmCAS application fee
  2. Biographical data
  3. Postsecondary 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. PCAT score
  10. Two letters of recommendation

We recommend that you thoroughly review the PharmCAS preparing to 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. 

Application Status

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

  • After you have completed step 1 (submitting your PharmCAS application), PharmCAS will process and verify your application. When PharmCAS completes the verification and releases your application to the School, you will receive an email within one week with instructions to begin your online supplemental application for the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy.
  • The supplemental application must be submitted online by March 6, 2020 for entry in the fall of 2020.
  • Submit your application as soon as possible to ensure earlier review by the Admissions Committee.

Campus Preference

You will be able to indicate your campus preference for Chapel Hill or Asheville on the supplemental application. Admission and curriculum requirements are the same for both campuses.

Before You Start

Before you begin the online supplemental application, it is important that you carefully read the following policies:

Residency Information

In the supplemental application, 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.

Credit Card

The supplemental application fee is $80 and must be paid by a credit card at the time you submit the supplemental application. There is no waiver available.

When You Are Done

Upon submitting your supplemental application, you will receive a payment confirmation email which will serve as confirmation that your supplemental application was successfully received. You may also log back into your supplemental application account to check the status of your application.

Once you have submitted your PharmCAS application and your supplemental application, the Admissions Committee will review the entire application (PharmCAS and the UNC supplemental application) and invite selected applicants to interview for our program. Interviews will be scheduled September through February. Not all applicants will be invited to interviewPlease 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. In addition to the MMI, applicants will be able to take a tour of the School, learn more about the PharmD program, and meet with faculty, current PharmD students, and student affairs personnel.

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.

Supplemental Application Status: Upon submission of your supplemental application, you will be able to log in to your online application account to check the application status.

 


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 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 between 150 and 160 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 application.

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

Yes! Please contact our admissions team at pharmacy_admissions@unc.edu to schedule an appointment.

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
  • PCAT exam scores
  • Extracurricular activities
  • Community service
  • Leadership experiences
  • Work experiences/shadowing
  • Your 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 health-care 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 satellite campus?

We have one satellite 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.

  • Admission criteria and curricular requirements are the same for students on both campuses.
  • All students pay the same amount in tuition and fees. Chapel Hill­– and Asheville-based students pay all of their tuition and fees to UNC-Chapel Hill. Financial aid comes from UNC-Chapel Hill.

Can you complete the program online or part-time?

No. All students must complete the program in person either at the Chapel Hill or Asheville campus 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 PharmD 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 the Excel@Carolina Program.

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 our prerequisite course evaluation tab to make sure you are taking the correct courses.

Does it matter what size academic load I carry during my prepharmacy 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. You can request a WES evaluation directly 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 before enrolling at the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy.

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 forwarded to 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 and Placement 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?

Yes.

When should I take the PCAT?

We recommend taking the PCAT in the summer or fall of the year you apply. The latest date you can take the exam for the first time and be considered for admission is January of the year you wish to enroll.

I took the PCAT for the first time in September. Can I apply to the Pharm.D. program through early decision even though you may not receive my official PCAT scores before the application deadline?

Yes. If you are applying for Early Decision, we recommend taking the test in the summer of the year you apply. We can consider unofficial scores from September tests, but any offer of admission will be contingent upon receipt of acceptable official scores.

What is the minimum acceptable PCAT score?

Your score on a standardized test doesn’t define you. Your PCAT score is important, but that alone doesn’t tell us anything about your abilities as a pharmacist. That’s why we take several factors into consideration when evaluating each person’s application. We encourage our applicants to do their best on the PCAT, keeping in mind that the committee will also consider their personal statements, letters of recommendation, extracurricular activities, research experience, and work experience when making decisions. With that in mind, the minimum composite PCAT score we will consider is 50.

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 pcatweb.info.

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 here. 

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

Pharmacy students are health care 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 at UNC?

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 admitted 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 available in mid-July. PharmCAS requires four-to-six weeks to verify an application before it is forwarded to individual schools of pharmacy.

  • If you are applying through Early Decision, the PharmCAS deadline is September 3, 2019. The supplemental application deadline is September 9, 2019.
  • If you are applying through regular decision, the PharmCAS deadline is March 2, 2020. The supplemental application deadline is March 6, 2020.
  • Submit your application as soon as possible to ensure earlier review by the Admissions Committee and maximum consideration for interview days.

The second step, the supplemental application, will be available in mid-July. After you have completed step 1 (submitting your PharmCAS application), PharmCAS will process and verify your application. When PharmCAS completes the verification and releases your application to the School, you will receive an email within one week with instructions to begin your online supplemental application for the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy. You must submit both the PharmCAS application and the supplemental application to be considered for admission. You will have until March 6, 2020 to complete your supplemental application.

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 application: You will receive a confirmation email after submitting payment for your supplemental application, which will serve as confirmation that your application was received.

Do I have to apply to Undergraduate Admissions as well as the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy?

No. All applicants first submit an application through PharmCAS and then a supplemental application 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 completion of your remaining prerequisite courses with grades of C minus or better and receipt of official PCAT scores. 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 Assistant Director of Curricular and Student Affairs for Recruitment and Admissions in writing via email.

Is there a maximum number of times I can apply to the PharmD program?

Students can apply a maximum of 3 times.

Is an interview required for admission into the pharmacy program?

Yes. Interviews are scheduled 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.

Do you offer Skype, online or phone interviews?

We will coordinate virtual interviews for international applicants only.

How many recommendation letters are required?

We require two letters of recommendation and will not accept more than four. The School does not accept separate letters. You will submit letters 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 an excellent source of recommendations.
  • We do not accept recommendations from family members 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 references 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. See below.

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 offer $100,000 in scholarships specifically for first-year students. Applicants can be considered for these scholarships through the supplemental application. Students are then eligible for approximately $900,000 in competitive awards for their second, third, and fourth years in the program.

How do I apply for financial aid?

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.

Does the campus I attend matter when applying for financial aid?

All financial aid for students on all campuses originates from UNC-Chapel Hill. Students should designate UNC-Chapel Hill as the institution they are attending when completing FAFSA, not UNC Asheville. Requesting aid through UNC Asheville won’t work and will slow or disqualify you from aid at UNC-Chapel Hill.

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.

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

All students will be placed in one of the Area Health Education Centers (AHEC) across the state for 11 months of professional experience, also known as experiential education. Though you will have some input into 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 (clerkships)?

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-preferred 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

Information about funding opportunities and resources

2019-2020 UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy Pharm.D. Tuition and Fees

N.C. Residents

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

(Per semester)

$970.82

(Plus $200 per clerkship when applicable)

$12,164.32
Summer*

(After PY1 & PY3 years)

$2,793.00

(Per semester)

$330.00

(plus $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 (12) months prior to his or her 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 consult the North Carolina State Residents Manual online, as well as the North Carolina Residency Determination Service (RDS). The School’s Curriculum and Enrollment Manager can answer individual questions regarding the residency for tuition purposes process.

Semester Tuition Fees Total**
Fall or Spring $22,474.00

(Per semester)

$970.82

(Plus $200 per clerkship when applicable)

$23,444.82
Summer*

(After PY1 & PY3 years)

$6,690.00

(Per semester)

$330.00

(Plus $200 per clerkship 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 eligible to apply for $100,000 in funding. The application is available as part of UNC’s supplemental application. We offer nearly $900,000 in competitive scholarships, awards, and grants each year after the first year

Other Funding Sources