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Admission to KU

To qualify for admission to KU, Kansas resident first-year applicants must meet 1 of the following requirements:

To qualify for admission to KU, out-of-state first-year applicants must meet 1 of the following requirements:

  • Complete the Kansas Board of Regents’ Qualified Admission curriculum with at least a 2.5 grade-point average on a 4.0 scale or
  • Achieve an ACT score of 24 or above or an SAT score of 1090 or above with a cumulative 2.0 or higher grade-point average on a 4.0 scale or
  • Rank in the top 1/3 of your high school graduating class.

Prospective students should request applications from the University of Kansas Office of Admissions, KU Visitor Center, 1502 Iowa St., Lawrence, KS 66044-7576, 785-864-3911, adm@ku.edu. Return completed applications to that office with necessary transcripts and records. Prospective pharmacy students should declare prepharmacy as the major field of study. Visit the Office of Admissions for further information. Visit the Office of International Student and Scholar Services for information about international admissions.

Prepharmacy students are advised by faculty members from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences while they complete their prepharmacy course work. All prepharmacy students are strongly encouraged to make appointments in the office of the dean of the School of Pharmacy, 2010 Becker Drive, Room 2050, for co-advising services and when they have questions concerning specific course requirements or appropriate electives or any other concerns about their preparation for pharmacy admission.

Admission to the School of Pharmacy

Students should apply to the School of Pharmacy in November for admission the following fall semester. When they apply, they should have completed, or be about to complete, the 68 credit hours of required prepharmacy courses. The required prepharmacy curriculum may be completed at accredited schools other than KU. KU students should submit a Change of School form. Students transferring from other schools should submit an application for undergraduate admission.

Requirements

Applying students should meet the following requirements:

  • Complete the required prepharmacy courses and provide the required transcripts as documentation of the course work. 1 official copy of your transcript should be sent to the Office of Admissions, and 1 official copy should be sent to the School of Pharmacy.
  • Take the Pharmacy College Admissions Test, preferably in October. January test results also are accepted and considered. Have the results of the PCAT sent to KU.
  • Complete and return the Applicant Profile Form to the School of Pharmacy with a $50 nonrefundable application fee.
  • Maintain a grade-point average of 2.5 or higher overall and in the sciences. This is the minimum grade-point average acceptable for admission; the average is generally much higher.
  • Arrange for 3 letters of recommendation, including the school’s standard reference forms, to be sent to the School of Pharmacy by the persons serving as your references.
  • An interview is held with selected applicants.

Procedures

The School of Pharmacy admissions committee, consisting of at least 2 faculty members from each department and representation from the office of the dean, determines admissions. A file consisting of the required documentation is created for each applicant when the application is received. Consideration is given to a student’s grade-point average overall and in all science courses in the prepharmacy curriculum. The average grade point of previous entering classes has been 3.0 or higher. Good scholarship is considered a predictor of success in the pharmacy curriculum. However, good communication skills, emotional maturity, leadership ability, professional attitude, and interest in service to the community are also important. These additional skills may outweigh very high grades or choice of prepharmacy courses. Applicant PCAT scores also are considered in the admission process. Admission is highly competitive and depends on the number of applications received and the qualifications of the applicants.

The admissions committee begins to consider applications in January each year. The application deadline is February 1, and most decisions are made by May 15. As a condition of matriculation into the KU School of Pharmacy, all admitted students must successfully clear an investigative criminal background check. Successful clearance of the background check is required to enroll in the School of Pharmacy and to participate in patient interactive activities, curricular and extracurricular. Instructions for completing the background check are provided with the letter of acceptance.

The University of Kansas prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, religion, sex, national origin, age, ancestry, disability, status as a veteran, sexual orientation, marital status, parental status, gender identity, gender expression and genetic information in the University’s programs and activities. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies: Director of the Office of Institutional Opportunity and Access, IOA@ku.edu, 1246 W. Campus Road, Room 153A, Lawrence, KS, 66045, (785)864-6414, 711 TTY.