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Admissions: General Information
The UCSD Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences will accept 60 students into each entering class.
To be eligible for acceptance to the UC San Diego Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, you must fall into one of these categories:
- United States Citizen
- Permanent Resident (i.e. you have a "Green Card")
- DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals). Applicants that are "DACA approved" with AB 540 eligibility re: California residency (AB 540 nonresident tuition exemption) will be considered. More details about AB540 can be found here:
If you are not a U.S. citizen and/or are in the U.S. on a work visa or student visa that does not fit the categories above and/or if you are DACA approved but NOT AB540 eligible, your application will not be considered for acceptance.
The Admissions Committee is looking for applicants who have demonstrated strong academic ability, particularly in the pre-requisite coursework, but also in their entire academic career. It is recommended that students take their pre-pharmacy course of study in the most demanding curricular environment possible. In addition, the committee selects applicants for matriculation who have demonstrated the personal qualities of intelligence, maturity, integrity, dedication to the ideal of service to society, and who are best suited for meeting the educational goals of the School. The ability to express oneself clearly in both oral and written English is essential. The Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences is committed to admitting students with diverse cultural, economic and social backgrounds. Although grade point average is an important factor, it is not the sole criterion for acceptance. In addition to intellectual and academic competence, the Admissions Committee considers communication skills, demonstrated leadership ability, community service and health care related experience. Students are urged to note on their supplemental applications any personal extenuating or unique circumstances that may have influenced their academic performance and which they believe the Admissions Committee should be aware of when reviewing their application.
Applicants must complete the requirements for the Bachelor's Degree (B.A. or B.S.) from an accredited college and/or university prior to matriculation to the Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. Applicants who have not earned a degree or who will not have earned one prior to matriculation, will not be considered. Students currently enrolled in a community college must transfer to a four year college or university to complete the requirements for the Bachelor's Degree prior to application to the School.
All students are enrolled in the four-year professional program leading to the Doctor of Pharmacy degree (Pharm.D.). No students in advanced standing or transfer students from other schools of pharmacy will be accepted. All students will enter at the first year level.