Undergraduate Admission

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Admission to Pharm.D.

URI offers a zero-to-six program in Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.)this means that if your application is approved, you are admitted directly to the Pharm.D. program as a freshman. Admission to Pharm.D. is selective and open to freshmen only. The admission committee carefully evaluates each candidate’s strengths in the following areas:

  • Including the rigor of the high school curriculum and academic performance.

  • We review only SAT or ACT results.

  • Including an additional paragraph required of all Pharmacy applicants.

  • We require a minimum of two letters: one from a science or math teacher and one from a guidance counselor or a teacher from another subject area. These letters of recommendation should comment on your personal motivation, initiative and interpersonal skills.

  • Including employment experiences and interests outside of the classroom.

  • The College of Pharmacy website provides detailed information regarding standards required for continuation in the Pharm.D. program, as well as graduation requirements.
  • We strongly encourage Pharm.D. applicants to submit all of their application materials by the December 1 Early Action deadline. The admission committee makes every effort to notify Pharm.D. applicants of their admission status in mid-January. We do elect to review mid-year senior grades from many applicants to Pharm.D. before issuing a final admission decision.

Fall 2016 admitted student range for middle 50%:
(middle 50% means that 25% of the students admitted to this program exceeded these score ranges and GPA, and 25% had scores and GPAs below these ranges.)

SAT Critical Reading
SAT Math
Old: 580-660
(No new equivalent computed by CollegeBoard)
Old: 630-720
New: 650-750
  • Grade point average is on a weighted scale from 0 (F) to 5.0 (A+)
  • We enroll approximately 130 freshmen each fall in our Pharm.D. program.
  • Applicants who are not admissible to the Pharm.D. program who may be admissible to other programs at URI will have an opportunity to request consideration for admission to another major.

All incoming students, including those accepted into the College of Pharmacy’s Pharm.D. program, are initially enrolled in in University College for Academic Success, URI’s academic advising college.

Students accepted as Pharm.D. majors must maintain their eligibility in the program by successfully completing two pre-professional years of coursework and a formal interview. The interview with College of Pharmacy faculty assesses the students’ verbal and written communication skills, understanding of the pharmacy profession, and commitment to patient care.

Within the pre-professional curriculum, there are 19 specific general education courses; students must pass each of these courses with a minimum GPA of 2.5 and earn no other grade below C-. Students must complete the required Communications and Writing courses by the end of the their third semester (fall of the second year) at which time they must successfully complete the formal interview to proceed into the first professional year (P1) of the curriculum.

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