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High School Students via Early Assurance (EA)


Incoming freshmen entering UB directly from high school who indicate pharmacy as their intended major are automatically admitted to UB's Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) degree program through our prestigious Early Assurance (EA) Program. EA @ UB 2+4=6.

This program gives talented freshmen the heightened advantage of securing a seat in our PharmD degree after completing two years of prescribed undergraduate course work. Successful students in this program will enter pharmacy school after only two years of prerequisite course work followed by four years of professional study in our PharmD program.

EA @ UB is restricted to students who enter UB directly from high school.

Program Requirements

  • Indicate Pharmacy as intended major (on initial application or before end of first semester at UB)
  • Earn a 3.3 prerequisite GPA
  • Submit the EA Supplemental Application and fee by November 1 of fall semester freshman year; the EA supplemental application will be available beginning in June prior to the start of freshman year. Please Note: This is the only required form for EA Applicants to complete.
  • Successfully complete an interview
  • Meet and adhere to all Early Assurance Program Requirements
  • Satisfy the PharmD Technical Standards

The faculty of the UB SPPS have established Personal Attributes and Capabilities Essential for Admission, Progression, and Graduation (Technical Standards) for our Doctor of Pharmacy Degree. 

About Pre-Pharmacy at UB

EA @ UB offers significant advantages all at an excellent value:

  • A simplified application process - PharmCAS application, PCAT, recommendation letters, personal statement, and experiences are NOT required
  • A top-ranked program with a reputation as the most established training program in New York
  • Access to renowned faculty involved in ground-breaking research
  • An innovative educational experience  

Through EA, qualified students do not have to compete with hundreds of PharmCAS applicants. This outstanding opportunity, available since 1998, has consistently provided a comprehensive curriculum in preparation for our PharmD program.

The PharmD program is a four-year professional program, following two years of undergraduate pre-pharmacy coursework. The PharmD is a professional degree that enables one to work as a pharmacist, interacting with patients and other health care practitioners for medical issues involving medication treatment. Pre-pharmacy at UB is not a baccalaureate degree-granting program; instead, it is a pre-professional academic pathway similar to pre-medicine or pre-law. The program includes a set of courses that prepares students for admission to the professional PharmD program.

How to Apply

Admission to the EA program is based on the University’s Freshman Admission Criteria. There are no additional high school GPA or SAT/ACT requirements. EA is not the sole route into our PharmD program and ineligibility for EA does not imply that a student is not qualified for admission. All other applicants are considered through PharmCAS.

Click on the appropriate link below and simply indicate "pharmacy" as your intended major on your initial application.

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