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High School Students via Early Assurance (EA)

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Incoming freshmen entering UB directly from high school who indicate pharmacy as their major are automatically admitted into our Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) degree program through our prestigious Early Assurance (EA) Program. 

About the Program

This program gives talented freshmen the heightened advantage of securing a seat in our four-year PharmD degree after completing two years of prescribed undergraduate course work.   

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.

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

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.

  • Apply to UB through Undergraduate Admissions or International Admissions.
  • Indicate pharmacy as your major on your freshman application or before November 1 in your first semester freshman year at UB.
  • Complete the UB SPPS supplemental form, survey and fee by November 1 during your first semester (fall semester of freshman year). Students will receive the links to the application and survey via email.
  • Contact the UB SPPS Academic Advisor for more information.

Get Ready for Pharmacy

Once you’ve decided to pursue a career in pharmacy, begin making connections and gain experience in the field. Experience is not required; however, it is expected. You can begin following these tips even before coming to UB. Once you enter UB, be sure to utilize all of the university resources. See SPPS Undergraduate Advising.  

Find a mentor
Connect with a person that can give you advice and answer your questions about the field. This could be a professor, school counselor, family member, local pharmacist, health professional, etc.

Talk to current students
Current pharmacy student Peer Mentors are available to speak with you about preparing for pharmacy school, research, getting involved, special programs, course selection, and other advice and tips. See Peer Mentor Information for drop-in hours.

Gain pharmacy experience
Most successful applicants to pharmacy school have demonstrated their commitment to a career in health care by obtaining experience. Shadow or volunteer at a pharmacy, hospital, nursing home, medical office, or other related health care facility or organization. Seek research opportunities with professors once enrolled at UB. Come prepared with questions to do informational interviews.

Start asking your list of contacts - if you don't have many, reach out to family and friends who may have contacts. You can even try asking the office/facility directly if they have any opportunities for you. 

Work in a pharmacy
Students can find part-time or summer jobs in a pharmacy such as cashiers, clerks or assistants. Keep in mind, however, that pharmacy is a diverse field and community/retail pharmacy is only one option.

Use online resources
Learn about healthcare by reading articles and exploring websites such as:

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