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Admissions - Frequently Asked Questions

General Information

How many applicants do you accept each year?

Each year, we accept 70 students from a pool that has ranged as high as 1000 applicants. Competition can be affected by the size and composition of the applicant pool for a particular year.

Do you give preference to applicants from California colleges?


Do you have rolling admissions?

No. Applicants are reviewed after the deadline and receive equal consideration.

Do you offer an advanced standing program?

No. All students enter our program at the first-year level. No student in advanced standing or transfer students from other schools of pharmacy will be accepted. All students will enter at the first year level.

Are you on a quarter system or a semester system?

Quarter system.

Do you offer tours of your school?

There are opportunities for tours during interviews.

What GPA do I need for admission to your program?

A minimum overall GPA of 3.0 is required for application. In addition, a minimum average GPA of 3.0 is needed for each category of required science courses (Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, Biology and Physics).

What is the average GPA and GPA range of the students who matriculate into the PharmD program?

  • Class of 2022
    • Average: 3.67 (Range: 3.25 – 4.00)
  • Class of 2021
    • Average: 3.67 (Range: 3.36 – 3.97)
  • Class of 2020
    • Average: 3.71 (Range: 3.36 - 3.99)
    • Median: 3.74
  • Class of 2019
    • Average: 3.68 (Range: 3.24 – 3.98)
  • Class of 2018
    • Average: 3.71 (Range: 3.29 – 4.00)
  • Class of 2017
    • Average: 3.66 (Range: 3.26 – 3.97)

Is a BA or BS degree required for admission?

Yes. Starting with the class entering in the fall of 2011, a BS or BA degree is required by the time of matriculation.

Do I have to take the PCAT or GRE?

No. We do not require any standardized test.

Do I have to take the TOEFL examination?

No. We do not require any standardized tests.

Do you accept online coursework?

Yes. Only for the non-science required courses except for Public Speaking.

Can I enter in the Winter or Spring quarter?

No, we accept applications for only the fall quarter each year.

I'm changing courses that aren't related to the pharmacy prerequisites. Must I notify your office of these changes?


When can I expect to hear about an admissions decision?

We try to notify all applicants before March 1st.

How do spaces in the entering class become available?

Financial issues, personal issues, or medical issues sometimes prevent an applicant from accepting an offer. Every year some applicants are also administratively canceled. This could be for failing a prerequisite, not completing all the prerequisites, or not submitting documents or other verification materials required by the University.

Where am I on the waiting list?

Please do not contact the office to ask this question. We will contact you immediately if we are able to offer you a place in the entering class.

What are my chances?

Unfortunately, it is impossible to predict how many accepted applicants will decline their admission offer or be canceled.

How soon will I know?

Unfortunately, it is impossible to predict when accepted applicants will decline our offer or be canceled. The waiting list remains open until the first day of classes. If your name is on the waiting list, but you are not offered admission by this day, your application will be formally denied via e-mail.

How many alternates are accepted each year?

Since the reasons for declining an admission offer or for being canceled are often related to personal or unexpected situations, it is impossible to predict the number of alternates that will be offered admission in any given year. However, our experience has been that some of the applicants each year are offered admission from the waiting list.

If I am offered admission, how will I be contacted?

We immediately contact you by e-mail or telephone if we are going to make you an offer. Therefore, it is very important for you to keep us informed of any changes in your contact information. If we cannot reach you by telephone or e-mail, or if you do not reply within the allotted timeframe, we assume you are no longer interested in attending UCSD.

May I appeal a decision of denial?

Only if you feel an error has occurred. Unfortunately, because of our small class size and large applicant pool, most applicants receive denials. We can only accept 70 students each year.

May I apply again in a future application cycle?

Yes. You will have to submit a new application through PharmCAS as well as a new Supplemental Application. We do not save records from previous years so you will need to submit your application as a new applicant.