Reference Letters, Experience, Essay and Interview

Reference Letters

A minimum of two (2) professional and/or academic letters of reference must be received by PharmCAS by March 1.

We do not accept letters from the following: teaching assistants, politicians, friends, family members, co-workers or clergy.


Experience is not required; however, you are expected to be able to demonstrate your motivation for pharmacy.

Consider volunteering or shadowing at a pharmacy, hospital, nursing home, medical office, or other related health care facility or organization. Understand how professionals interact with patients and their colleagues, assess your dedication to the field, and gain valuable interpersonal and leadership skills. Consider becoming a member or leader of a club or organization.

UB students can engage in research through CURCA (the Center for Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities) or through Undergraduate Academies.

Personal Essay

Your personal essay is considered carefully by our Admissions Committee.

Convince the reader of your desire for a career in pharmacy by including events that strongly influenced or matured you, special attributes that make you an asset to the field, a unique reason to pursue pharmacy, or areas of interest within the profession. Ask your evaluators, peers, advisors, counselors, friends and family to read your essay to critique the content, grammar and spelling.


Selected applicants will be contacted by email for an invitation to interview.

Students who have an immediate family member* who is an alumnus of our school (PharmD or Pharmaceutical Sciences) are guaranteed an interview by the Admissions Committee. Applicants supply this information on their PharmCAS application and may alert us by emailing

*Includes a person's parents, spouses, siblings, children. It can contain others connected by birth, adoption, marriage, civil partnership, or cohabitation, such as grandparents, great-grandparents, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, aunts, uncles, siblings-in-law, half-siblings, cousins, adopted children and step-parents/step-children, and cohabiting partners.