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Admission to Pharm.D.

The six-year Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) program is highly selective and open to freshmen only.  The Office of Admission carefully evaluates each candidate’s strength 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 mid January. We do elect to review mid-year senior grades from many applicants to Pharm.D. before issuing a final admission decision.

Admitted Pharm.D. Profile for 2015

SAT (CR & M)
  • Approximately 30% of applicants are admitted for a freshman class of about 130.

All incoming students, including those accepted into the College of Pharmacy’s Pharm.D. program, begin in University College for Academic Success, URI’s designated 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 that students must take—passing each with a minimum GPA of 2.5 and receiving no other grade less than a 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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