Admission FAQ

FREQUENTLY ASKED ADMISSION QUESTIONS

Number of applications for admission:     156 (average of past 4 years)

Number of students accepted for each class:      60

Average GPA for all applicants:                 3.36 (average for past 4 years)

Average GPA for admitted students:        3.55 (average for past 4 years)

Minimum GPA:        No set minimum, but applicants need a GPA of at least 3.0 to be considered competitive

Application Deadline:    PharmCAS - January 5th; UNMC Supplemental - February 15th

PCAT required?   Yes...completion of the Pharmacy College Admission Test is required.  We will accept test scores that were taken within the past 3 years.  There is no minimum PCAT score requirement; however, the average composite score for those admitted is 65. 

PharmCAS?  Yes...see http://www.pharmcas.org/ 

What dates should I be aware of in the Admissions Process Timeline?

What sources of information are utilized by the Admissions Committee in assessing applicants?

Credits not considered applicable toward meeting prerequisites?

How do graduates of the University of Nebraska College of Pharmacy fare on national board exams?    

Students graduating from our program perform well on both NAPLEX (North American Pharmacist Licensure Examination) and MPJE (Multistate Pharmacy Jurisprudence Examination).

As an applicant to a health professions program, am I subject to any type of Background Check or other required disclosure of information regarding a conviction or other legal proceedings against me?

What about Financial Aid and Scholarships?

Where do I live when I enroll in the College of Pharmacy?        

The University of Nebraska Medical Center does not have residence halls, but owns a variety of rental property units which can be leased to students.  Please visit the Student Housing site for more information. 

I graduated 8 years ago from college but am thinking about returning to pursue a pharmacy degree.  Will the science and math classes I took 8-10 years ago count toward my prerequisites?          

In many cases, they will not, but every student’s previous history is evaluated on a case-by-case basis.  We want every student to be successful, so, given the emphasis in our program on a strong, current foundation in science and math, the Admissions Committee generally recommends that coursework greater than five (5) years old in the science and math areas should be refreshed (i.e. especially organic chemistry & physiology).  Older coursework will be considered toward meeting prerequisites in most other areas. 

Do you accept students from other states?    

Our focus as a state school is on educating pharmacists for Nebraska.  Accordingly, the majority (at least 75%) of our admitted students are Nebraska residents with the remainder typically being students from immediately surrounding states or those with ties to Nebraska.  As we expand our applicant pool with the utilization of PharmCAS, it is anticipated that a greater number of qualified students from outside our borders will be considered for admission to our program.  Non-Resident Tuition Scholarships that waive a significant amount of the difference between resident and non-resident tuition are available and help to reduce tuition costs to more manageable levels. 

Who can I talk to for further information or for questions that I have?    

General requirements and information are available on the College of Pharmacy website.  For further information, please contact Amber Hawk, Recruitment & Admissions Associate, at 402-559-5366 or amber.hawk@unmc.edu.