Number of students accepted for each class: 60
Average GPA for all applicants last year: 3.5
Average GPA for admitted students last year: 3.6
Minimum GPA: No set minimum, but above a 3.0 GPA is considered competitive
Minimum PCAT: There is no minimum PCAT score requirement; however, the average composite percentile rank for those admitted last year was 72.
Application Deadline: Early Decision: September 3rd; Regular Deadline: January 6th
What information is utilized by the Admissions Committee in assessing applicants?
- Academic performance, particularly in math and science courses
- Patterns of course withdrawals and course repeats
- Statements on the Personal Statement and Program Materials sections of the PharmCAS application.
- Communication skills as demonstrated during the interview and writing exercises
- Exposure to pharmacy practice environments (i.e. shadowing, part-time work)
- Participation in extracurricular and leadership activities on campus and/or in the community
- Statements made by references in Letters of Recommendation
Which credits do not count toward meeting prerequisites?
- The Associate Dean for Student Affairs and the Admissions Committee will determine the applicability of transferred credits on an individual basis. Credits must be earned at a fully accredited institution of higher learning.
- Credits not considered applicable include: (1) Those graded less than “C”, “I” (incomplete), “W” (withdrawal), or audit; (2) Those completed but not given for credit (pass/fail); (3) Activity courses in physical education.
- We do not accept "Introduction to" courses for biochemistry. It must be a full biochemistry class.
- If you have questions regarding specific prerequisites, please contact Amber Hawk at firstname.lastname@example.org.
How do graduates of the University of Nebraska College of Pharmacy fare on national board exams?
Students graduating from our program consistently perform well above the national average on both NAPLEX (North American Pharmacist Licensure Examination) and MPJE (Multi-state Pharmacy Jurisprudence Examination). See the Graduating Student Profile page for more information.
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?
- Students are required to complete annual Background Checks. Healthcare facilities where students complete their clinical experiences require them in order to meet accreditation standards and/or state law requirements. In some cases, agreement to participate in random drug screening may also be required.
- Information received by the COP as part of the background check is confidential and will be available ONLY to the Associate Dean or his/her designee for evaluation.
- A positive response on the background check or drug screening will not necessarily result in a detrimental effect on enrollment, but an interview or further interaction may be required.
Are Financial Aid and Scholarships available?
- The UNMC Office of Financial Aid administers a variety of financial aid programs. The UNMC Financial Aid website provides many answers about financing a UNMC education and is referenced in the admissions process for completion of appropriate paperwork.
- The College of Pharmacy administers a significant number of scholarships which are granted based upon academic performance, leadership, extracurricular involvement and/or a combination of these criteria. In fall 2018, greater than $500,000 in awards was distributed to pharmacy students.
Where do I live while attending 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. If you would like to request an evaluation, please send an unofficial transcript to Amber Hawk at email@example.com. 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).
Do you accept students from other states?
Yes! Non-Resident Tuition Waivers are available, which reduce tuition to the in-state amount.
Who can I talk to for further information or for questions that I have?
For further information or to schedule a campus visit, please contact Amber Hawk at 402-559-5366 or firstname.lastname@example.org.