Selection is based on scholastic achievement, aptitude, personal qualifications, and evidence of motivation toward pharmacy. These are judged from the college record, grade point average, the PCAT, letters of reference and evaluation, a Supplemental Admission Application, and a personal interview. In addition to intellectual and academic competence, the School's Admissions Committee considers communication skills, leadership ability, community service, health care-related or research experience, and motivation for pursuing a career in pharmacy.
UB SoPPS accepts transfer students enrolled in 2 or 4 year accredited institutions, graduates with bachelor's or post-baccalaureate degrees, former and current UB students, US and non-US citizens, and permanent residents. UB does not have a policy that limits or favors current UB students, transfer or out-of-state applicants. All applicants are considered equally. UB SoPPS is committed to a nondiscriminatory admission policy and philosophy. In accordance with federal and state laws, no person, in whatever relationship with the University at Buffalo, shall be subject to discrimination on the basis of age, religion or creed, color, disability, national origin, race, ethnicity, sex, marital or veteran status. The University at Buffalo’s Non-Discrimination Statement can be found here.
UB SoPPS considers a GPA of around a 3.0 in pre-pharmacy science and math courses. The PCAT is required for all PharmCAS applicants. UB SoPPS does not have a minimum PCAT score requirement however, competitive applicants typically present a score of at least 300. The score we consider is the Percentile Rank (not Scaled Scores) using the sum of each item under the Percentile Rank (Verbal Ability, Biology, Reading Comprehension, Quantitative Ability, and Chemistry) to determine the score (not the Composite score). If taken twice, we consider the higher of the two. If taken three or more times, the average of all the scores is considered. Applicants are encouraged to take the Official PCAT Multiple Choice Practice
Here is our profile of incoming first professional year (P1) doctor of pharmacy PharmD students for this fall:
*We report the middle 50 percent of our incoming students. The middle 50 percent reflects those between the 25th and 75th percentiles. This means that 25 percent of the students we admit score higher than the upper end of the range and 25 percent score below the lower end of the range.
A minimum of three (3) 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, Pre-Health Advisors/Committee Letters, Politicians, Friends, Family Members, Co-Workers, or Clergy - see Letters of Reference for possible evaluators. It is important to develop relationships to obtain academic and professional references by visiting professors during office hours, impressing supervisors, meeting regularly with your advisor, and shadowing or volunteering in a health-care setting. Share your personal essay with your evaluator so they understand your motivation toward pharmacy. You may ask evaluator(s) to write a letter of recommendation, save it electronically, and later submit it during the application cycle in which you are applying. Your evaluators should refer to the List of PharmCAS Questions for Evaluators so they can prepare a complete evaluation in advance.
Experience is not required; however, it is expected to be able to best 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 & Creative Activities) or through Undergraduate Academies – learn more about maximizing your undergraduate education at UB.
A personal essay is included in the PharmCAS application and considered carefully by our Admissions Committee. Convince the reader you strongly desire 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. UB students may take advantage of Career Services for assistance in developing personal statements.
After you complete the previous steps and your application is reviewed by our Admissions Committee, selected applicants will be contacted by e-mail for an invitation to interview anytime between October and April. UB students should take advantage of our Career Services Interviewing resources.