|Duration: 2-3 Years||Courses: 59||Faculty: 85|
|Est. Applications: 512||Acceptance Rate: 44%||Est. Class Size: 227|
About the students and applicants
- How many applicants do you accept annually? We take in 127 students annually from a pool of about 500 applicants. The applicant pool’s size and makeup for a given year can have an impact on the level of competition.
- Do you give preference to applicants from California colleges? No.
- Do you admit non-US citizens? Yes.
- Do you have rolling admissions? No. We have a Priority deadline and a Final deadline. Visit our Admissions Directors blog for more details on our deadlines.
- Do you offer an advanced standing program? No. All students must complete the full three years of our program, starting at the first-year level.
- Should I still submit an application if my grade point average is barely above 2? 80? Admission is competitive, and we evaluate your application overall as well as your grade point average. Your science coursework, grades, recommendations, essays, and interview outcomes are included. Additionally, the level of competition varies from year to year based on the size and quality of the applicant pool. You should take into account all of these aspects and not make your application decision based solely on your GPA.
- No, only the pre-pharmacy requirements are needed for admission, not a bachelor’s degree. The majority of our successful applicants in recent years have all held bachelor’s degrees, so a degree may increase an applicant’s competitiveness for admission.
- Do I have to take the PCAT? The PCAT is not necessary for applicants applying in 2019 (for entry in summer 2020) and later; rather, it is optional. You are encouraged to take the PCAT and submit your scores to PharmCAS if you feel that it demonstrates your academic readiness for the UCSF PharmD program. For instance, this might apply to students who are close to or at the minimum 2 Students who have completed the necessary science prerequisite coursework more than seven years ago must have a GPA of 80. We encourage you to get in touch with our admissions staff if you have any questions. More info: 2019 and Beyond: PCAT No Longer Required.
- We don’t require the TOEFL or GRE exam, so I don’t have to take it.
- Do you follow a quarter system or a semester system?
- No, we only accept one class a year. Can I enroll in the winter or spring quarters?
- When is the application deadline? Priority deadline: October 3. Final deadline: December 1. Visit our Admissions Directors blog for more details on our Priority deadline and Final deadline.
- Yes, we have admitted many international students who have successfully completed our program who have applied and been accepted to the PharmD program. For more information and application details, visit International Student Admission.
- The PharmD program at UCSF does not offer curricular practical training (CPT), as the curriculum for the program already includes the requirements for practical experience. There may be opportunities for on-campus employment available to UCSF students that are not covered by CPT.
- The PharmD is not a STEM degree, so how much Optional Practical Training (OPT) is available to international PharmD students? Therefore, you have one year of OPT.
- Because the PharmD degree does not grant CPT, you are not permitted to work or participate in a paid off-campus internship. You cannot work off-campus if you are an international student. However, as an international student, you are permitted to work 20 hours per week on campus.
- All volunteer work must be in accordance with your visa; can I have an unpaid internship? Volunteer or unpaid internships at healthcare facilities are uncommon due to patient confidentiality and liability concerns. We advise students to concentrate on their coursework and on-campus opportunities.
- The UCSF PharmD curriculum includes an experiential component through Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experiences (IPPEs) and Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences (APPEs). If I am unable to hold an internship, what else can I do to develop my skill set and build my resume? You can gain patient care skills through these experiences that are necessary for post-graduate study and practice. Through involvement in student organizations and community service projects, students also hone their leadership, communication, and professional skills. Some students work on-campus in labs to gain additional experience. The professors are confident that our thorough curriculum gives our graduates the training they need for their following professional steps in post-graduate training and employment. Therefore, outside internships are not necessary for UCSF students to prepare for a career in pharmacy. However, we want you to be aware of these positions if this is a significant factor for you.
- How many letters are needed? We ask that PharmCAS receive at least three letters by our application deadline. PharmCAS allows you to submit four letters. We will consider all four letters if you submit your application by the deadline with four letters. More info: Are Letters of Recommendation really THAT important?.
- We leave it up to you to choose who can best provide letters of recommendation as part of your application; please see our list of acceptable candidates below. Personal letters from friends or family will not be accepted.
- Does a pharmacy have to write one of my letters of recommendation?
- Does a professor have to write one of my letters of recommendation? Although it’s not necessary, we’d like to receive a letter from someone who can attest to your academic prowess. Possibly, this is a science professor from one of your classes. Perhaps this is a professor for a non-science course. A teaching assistant might be able to speak (in detail) about your academic aptitude. Again, we leave it to you to choose which individuals to ask to write letters of recommendation for your application.
- I have been out of school for several years. Who should I ask for a recommendation from? Pick recommenders who can elaborate on your intellectual prowess, communication abilities, and character traits. This position might be held by your boss, a coworker, or the volunteer coordinator, to name a few. You may also choose to consult a current instructor if you are a student who has returned to school to complete prerequisites.
- I’ve received letters of recommendation from last year. We recommend that applicants submit the most recent letters that are obtainable More recent letters demonstrate your accomplishments, abilities, and qualities more accurately. Additionally, recommendations must be submitted via PharmCAS, and PharmCAS only accepts letters from letter services or from the recommender; they do not accept recommendations provided by the applicant.
- A copy of your transcript that includes the following information is known as a degree conferral transcript: the degree you received (BS, MS, etc.); the date the degree was conferred; and your name. ) the major in which your degree was earned (e. g. , Biology, Art History), and the year the degree was granted A transcript that doesn’t meet all of these requirements isn’t one that confers degrees.
- Why can’t I send you the final copy of my transcript once my degree has been posted? Grades are typically posted to transcripts within 3 weeks after the conclusion of an academic term. However, it can take up to three months at some schools for the degree you earned to appear on your transcript, which is a much longer process. It is crucial that you send copies of your transcripts as soon as grades are posted because these grades are used to evaluate your application.
- I’ve already sent you my last term’s grade transcript. A degree conferral transcript is the only record that the University will accept as proof that a degree was earned, and the fact that you earned a degree was something we considered during our evaluation process, so why do you need another copy with my degree posted if a degree is not required to apply?
- I received a statement from my school’s registrar attesting that I have fulfilled all requirements for my degree. No, fulfilling the requirements for a degree and receiving a degree are not the same thing. Can I submit this statement before the degree conferral transcript becomes available? We only accept degree conferral transcripts as official documentation.
- Although you request a May transcript, I actually graduated this winter. Your grades for a winter term should be posted by now, even if your degree hasn’t been released yet. You will meet the deadline if you submit a copy of your transcript along with your grades. The deadline for a degree conferral transcript is later. Ask your school to send us a letter confirming the date that degrees for that term will be posted to transcripts if they say the transcript won’t be ready by our deadline. This is the only way to extend the deadline.
- I initially believed that I would be receiving a degree when I first applied. Due to a change in circumstances, I will be unable to complete my degree by the deadline I had promised. This means I am unable to provide you with a transcript of my degree conferral. We reserve the right to re-evaluate your application materials, but we cannot guarantee that the admission offer we made will be withdrawn. As soon as you become aware of any variations from what was initially disclosed in the PharmCAS application, please inform our office. This data will be taken into account when reviewing your file again. But failing to disclose a change in your degree status, regardless of the cause, constitutes misrepresentation and may have an impact on your admission status. Don’t delay reporting this change—tell us about it immediately.
- I discovered a grading error on my transcript and am attempting to have it fixed. Can I submit my transcript before the correction has been made? All transcripts must be submitted by the posted deadlines. You may email us about the mistake and your efforts to fix it, but you must submit your application by the deadline or risk having your application status jeopardized. Request a new copy of the transcript to be sent once the correction has been made.
- Transcripts for college courses I took while still in high school must be submitted, yes. For all college-level coursework, you must submit official copies of your transcripts.
- Do you have rolling admissions? No. Our selective admission cycle concludes in the spring, at which point all applicants are informed of their standing.
- If I submit my application early or in the summer, will that be given any extra weight? All complete applications received by the deadline for admission are evaluated equally. There is no advantage to submitting an application early.
- Is every applicant interviewed? No. We receive many more applications than we can possibly interview. We don’t have a set amount, but on average, we send out 250 invitations annually.
- Our office only permits interview rescheduling for the following four reasons: medical emergency or illness; conflict with religious observances; conflict with a professional exam; and conflict with an interview at another pharmacy school. Additional information is provided with your interview invitation notice.
- Although there is no formal dress code, the majority of applicants choose business attire.
- You should bring your letter of invitation, a legitimate photo ID, and a pen to write your essay to the interview.
- Extenuating circumstances beyond your control will be taken into account, but if you fail to show up at your scheduled interview day and time, your application will probably be canceled.
- I really need to know if I’ve been accepted. We notify every applicant as soon as practicably possible. Do not call our office to inquire about your status. This hinders the process and delays notification for all applicants. Be patient and wait to hear from us.
- How do openings in the entering class occur? Admitted applicants decline, typically for personal reasons, or we withdraw the offer because they did not meet all of the admissions criteria. For instance, a candidate may not always accept an offer due to financial, personal, or medical concerns. Every year some applicants are also administratively canceled. This could be due to failing a prerequisite, not meeting all prerequisites, or failing to provide documents or other materials for University verification.
- Please refrain from contacting our office to inquire about your waiting list position or to find out where you stand. We regularly get in touch with all alternates to let them know where they stand on the list. If we are able to offer you a spot in the incoming class, we will get in touch with you right away.
- Unfortunately, it is impossible to predict how many accepted applicants will reject their admission offer or have their admission plans canceled.
- Unfortunately, it is impossible to predict when accepted applicants will reject our offer or have their application canceled. The waiting list is open until the start of the semester. Your application will be formally rejected via email if you are on the waiting list but are not admitted by this day.
- It is impossible to predict how many alternates will be offered admission in any given year because the reasons for declining an admission offer or for being canceled are frequently connected to personal or unforeseen circumstances. In the past, we have accepted as few as 3 and as many as 50 waiting list members.
- We immediately contact the first person on the waiting list if you are offered admission. As a result, it is crucial that you inform us if your contact information changes. If we are unable to reach you by phone or email, or if you don’t respond to us in a timely manner, we will assume that you are no longer interested in enrolling at UCSF. Your application is rejected, and the next applicant on the list is given the job.
- Is there a procedure to challenge a rejection decision? To receive instructions on the process, contact our office.
- May I apply again in a future application cycle? Yes. You will have to submit a new application through PharmCAS.
Submitting a change of course schedule
- I’m changing courses that aren’t related to the pharmacy prerequisites. Yes, you must still inform us of your current and future course schedules, even for courses unrelated to the prerequisites, as we also take your course load into account when evaluating your performance.
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UCSF PharmD: Who Makes A Good Fit?
Is it hard to get into UCSF pharmacy school?
A pool of about 500 applicants is used to select the 127 students that we accept each year. The applicant pool’s size and makeup for a given year can have an impact on the level of competition.
Is UCSF a good pharmacy school?
Our Pharm.D. program consistently receives top three rankings in the nation (U S. News and World Report).
What GPA is required for UCSF?
A bachelor’s degree (BA/BS) or its equivalent from an accredited university is required as a minimum. You need at least a 3 in order to be admitted. 0 (B) grade point average.
What are the odds of getting into pharmacy school?
The US’s overall acceptance rates for pharmacy schools have been rising in recent years. Right now, it%27s reached a record of 89% average acceptance rate across US pharmacy school programs