Application Criteria


Minimum GPA Criteria

The School of Pharmacy admits students for Autumn Quarter entrance only. Admission is competitive and is based on a number of factors including cumulative and prerequisite grade point averages, written communication skills as demonstrated in application essays, interview results, and review of all application materials. Competition varies from year to year depending on the size and strength of the applicant pool.

On average, there are over 400 applicants for 105 available positions. Due to limits on enrollment, the School of Pharmacy cannot admit all qualified applicants. Admission is contingent upon satisfactory completion of all prerequisites and eligibility to become licensed as a Washington State pharmacy intern, and satisfactory results on the Criminal Background Check and Conviction/Criminal History Information Form. Accepted students are required to meet the University and Health Sciences immunization requirements.

Applicants who meet or exceed these minimums are not guaranteed an interview. Offers of interview are dependent upon the size and competitiveness of the applicant pool.

Cumulative GPA

  • Although there is no established minimum Cumulative GPA for consideration of offer of interview, applicants with a Cumulative GPA below 2.8 are not generally considered competitive
  • Cumulative GPA is calculated using grades from ALL colleges or universities attended or from which credit is received. The average Cumulative GPA for applicants accepted into our program is generally between 3.54

Prerequisite GPA

  • A minimum Prerequisite GPA of 2.8 is required for application
  • All grades for repeated courses will be considered, i.e., grades for repeated coursework will not be averaged when the School of Pharmacy calculates the Prerequisite GPA
  • Prerequisite GPA is calculated using grades from the following prerequisite courses, including labs: Biochemistry, Biology, General Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, Calculus, Statistics, Microbiology, Public Speaking/Interpersonal Communications, Microeconomics and English Composition
  • Although these are the minimum requirements in order to be considered for an interview, for the past four years, the Prerequisite GPA for applicants accepted into our program ranged from 2.8 – 4.0 with an average between 3.54

Pharmacy College Admission Test (PCAT)

The UW PharmD Program will NO LONGER be accepting PCAT scores as part of the application and review process. This not only means that the PCAT is no longer required for admissions into the PharmD program, but that the Admissions Committee will not be reviewing any PCAT scores submitted. This approach allows us to be fair in our holistic evaluation of all candidates.

International Students – Eligibility to Apply

Non-US citizens who hold “F-1 Visa,” “Permanent Resident” or “Refugee/Asylee” Visa status are eligible to apply to the Doctor of Pharmacy Program. Applicants holding other visa classifications are not eligible to apply. A copy of the front and back of the visa must be uploaded to the PharmCAS application. The TOEFL test is only required for F-1 Visa Students and must be taken by the application deadline. H-4 Visa holders must apply for and be awarded F-1 Visa Status in order to be eligible to apply to the PharmD Program. Courses taken at a foreign school will need to be evaluated. Please visit our international students webpage for more information.

Extracurricular Activities

The composition of our student body in the Doctor of Pharmacy Program is of primary importance. In addition to academic preparedness and knowledge of the profession of pharmacy, applicants who have experiences in a variety of extracurricular activities contribute significantly to the richness of our student body. Students who participate in extracurricular activities bring diverse viewpoints, humanitarian perspectives, leadership abilities and maturity to our program. In addition to academic factors, applications will be reviewed for qualities which indicate potential to be successful in our academic program and to contribute to the strength and diversity of the School of Pharmacy and the profession.

Pharmacy Experience

The pharmacist’s role in health care delivery is evolving; therefore, it is important for applicants to carefully research the pharmacy profession and the attributes, skills and abilities necessary to provide care. Although not required, applicants are strongly encouraged to have some pharmacy experience, either as a volunteer or employee. Applicants who are unable to gain pharmacy experience are encouraged to consult with several pharmacists regarding the profession (e.g., what it involves, career opportunities, current issues and challenges, etc.). Prospective applicants may find useful information on the website of the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy.