Pre-Pharmacy Advantage Programs
Congratulations on your admission to the University of the Pacific! As stated in your letter of admission, you have been admitted into one of our Pre-Pharmacy Advantage Programs. You were admitted into a specific program based on both your grade point average and your test scores. These combined criteria exist so that we can admit you to the program which will provide you with the necessary amount of time to prepare for our professional pharmacy program. Since we want you to be successful in reaching your academic and career goals, we have admitted you to the option which, we believe, is the best one for you.
Please select the program indicated on your letter of admission for additional details.
Important: To advance to the Pharm.D. program, the pre-pharmacy advantage requirements (including courses taken in sequence at Pacific and minimum GPAs) must be met, and the formal pharmacy interview (which includes a writing sample) must be passed.
(One current requirement of advancing from any of these pre-pharmacy advantage programs into our professional pharmacy program is a minimum GPA of 3.0 overall and 2.70 in selected math/science courses.)
Please Note: The Pre-Pharmacy Advantage program is not available for students who transfer to Pacific.*
The implementation of minimum requirements for consideration in the three options of the Pre-Pharmacy Advantage Program is meant to ensure that students have the appropriate time to successfully prepare for advancement into the professional pharmacy program.
Applying to Pacific’s PharmD. program after attending another institution
Students who attend other institutions to complete their pre-pharmacy courses and/or their Bachelor’s degree are welcome to apply directly to the PharmD. program at Pacific’s Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences.
They should know, however, that in recent years, admission for those applying from other institutions has been very competitive.
Space is limited, so courses, grades, academic maturity and work experience are all taken into consideration.
Students from other institutions may apply during their second year of college if they are completing Pacific’s pre-pharmacy requirements, but the vast majority of those admitted from other institutions are in at least their fourth year of college and will be completing a Bachelor’s degree before enrolling.
Most of the successful PharmD. applicants from other institutions also have work experience in a pharmacy or other health-related environment.
|*||Please note: There is no formal “pre-pharmacy advantage” available to a student who attends another institution for a semester to two years and then transfers as a science major into Pacific’s arts and sciences division. We have excellent undergraduate programs to which transfers are welcome to apply, but once here, these students will compete with those applying from other institutions for space in the PharmD. program.|