Interview Process

Interview Selection

An interview in Seattle is required as part of the UW School of Pharmacy PharmD Admissions process. After a preliminary assessment of the applicant pool, based on completeness of the application, and prerequisite and cumulative GPA thresholds, the most qualified applicants are invited for an interview with members of the PharmD Admissions Interview team. Offers of interview are dependent upon the size and competitiveness of the applicant pool.


The interview is an extremely important part of the PharmD Admissions Process. During the interview, applicants are evaluated in a variety of areas including motivation, verbal and written communication skills, personal attributes, critical thinking and decision-making abilities, knowledge of the profession of pharmacy and issues affecting health care. Applicants are evaluated on specific domains:

  • Curiosity
  • Resiliency, flexibility and adaptability
  • Problem solving and decision-making skills, resourcefulness
  • Collaborative/advocacy/leadership potential
  • Communication skills

Qualities we especially value are integrity, maturity, responsibility, humanitarianism, compassion, leadership and the ability to overcome personal or social adversity. The purpose of the interview is to give the applicant an opportunity to demonstrate these attributes through their answers to carefully-considered and well-planned probing questions. Applicants will be interviewed by a team of two members of the UW School of Pharmacy PharmD Admissions Interview team. Each interview lasts approximately 25 minutes.

Interview Days

The University of Washington School of Pharmacy will conduct interviews for the most qualified applicants. Interviews for Early Decision applicants will be conducted in September and October. Standard admissions interviews will be conducted November through March.

Frequently Asked Questions about the interview process

Where are interviews conducted?
Interviews are conducted in the Magnuson Health Sciences Building in Room H-362 (H-wing of the 3rd floor). Visit our website for map and directions.

How do I prepare for the interview?
Review this Preparation for Interview Information sheet.

How will I know if I get an interview?
We contact applicants by email if they are invited for an interview.

When are final decisions made?
The admissions process is on a rolling basis, which means we process and offer interviews as soon as we get applications. We encourage applicants to apply early.

If I am coming from out of town, where can I stay?
Please see the our Accommodations List.