University of Colorado

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University of Colorado

  • City , State Aurora, Colorado
  • Est. Tution $125,500
  • Deadline 03/01/2022
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University of Colorado Quick Facts

Duration: 4 Years Courses: 72 Faculty: 87
Est. Applications: 629 Acceptance Rate: 26% Est. Class Size: 162

Program Description

Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences – more than 100 years of experience

  • Ranked in the top 15% of pharmacy schools in the country
  • 98.47% of 2018 graduates from our program who took the NAPLEX for the first time passed, (National pass rate was 91.64%)
  • #11 in the nation for NIH and total funding
  • Located 15 minutes east of downtown Denver in Aurora, CO
  • 15+ Student Organizations

Anschutz Medical Campus

  • A world-class medical destination at the forefront of transformative education, science, medicine, and healthcare
  • 3 of the top hospitals in the nation: University of Colorado, Children’s, and the RMR VA Medical Center
  • The state-of-the-art facility is located on a 227-acre campus
  • $500 million in research grants

Student Outcomes

Employment Rate:

  • 95% of the Class of 2018 were employed in a full-time or part-time pharmacy position, or in a residency or fellowship program within one year after graduation

Residency Rate:

  •  Current graduates from the class of 2019 applying and participating in the PGY1 2019 Residency Match, matched at a 70% success rate for combined Phase I and Phase II. (National match rate was 67%)

PharmD Program Highlights

  • Public Institution
  • Baccalaureate Not Required
  • $400 deposit to hold acceptance
  • Conducts interviews of applicants
  • Participates in Early Decision Program (EDP)
  • PCAT composite score Not Required
  • Minimum Two (2) Letters of Reference are required
  • Utilizes the Centralized Criminal Background Check (CBC)
  • No Participates in the PharmCAS-facilitated Drug Screening Service



Location:12850 E. Montview Blvd., C238 Aurora, Colorado 80045

Acceptance Rate for University of Colorado

26%: See other Schools with an acceptance rate under 26%

School Demographics (2018)

Female: 58% Male: 42% Age: 18-61


Tuition (In-State): $31,375 Per Year
Tuition (Out-State): $39,870 Per Year
Tuition Fee: $363 Per Year


PCAT Score and G.P.A

Minimum GPA: N/A Average GPA: N/A Minimum PCAT: Not Required


Program Prerequisites
Total number of college SEMESTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: 72
Total number of basic science college SEMESTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: 42
Total number of college QUARTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: 108
Applicants must successfully complete ALL course prerequisites by the end of the:
Spring 2019 term

Course Prerequisites Table

Course Title Semester/Quarter Hours
Biochemistry 3/4.5
General Biology 1 w/lab 4/6
General Biology 2 w/lab 4/6
General Chemistry 1 w/lab 4/6
General Chemistry 2 w/lab 4/6
Organic Chemistry 1 w/lab 4/6
Organic Chemistry 2 w/lab 4/6
Microbiology 2/3
Human Anatomy 3/4.5
Human Physiology 3/4.5
Physiology lab 1/1.5
Calculus 3/4.5
Physics I 3/4.5
Economics 3/4.5
English Composition 1 & 2 6/9
Public Speaking (in-person only, online public speaking not accepted) 3/4.5
Humanities / Social Science 9/13.5
General Education 9/13.5
Total 72/108

Letter of Recommendation Requirements

General Information Two (2) recommendation forms are required as part of the PharmCAS application. Letters submitted in lieu of completing the form will not be accepted. The applicant should seek recommendations attesting to his/her academic performance (academic recommendation) or on the applicant’s professional skills and potential for success in a rigorous professional degree program (professional recommendation).
LOR types that are REQUIRED: Professor of Math and Science
LOR types that are RECOMMENDED: Employer, Faculty Advisor, Health Care Professional, Pharmacist, Pre-Health Advisor, Professor of Liberal Arts, Math and Science, Supervisor
LOR types that are CONDITIONALLY ACCEPTED: Clergy, Co-Worker, Teaching Assistant
Note: please verify the institution-specific details regarding CONDITIONALLY ACCEPTED LOR types.
LOR types that are NOT ACCEPTED: Politician, Family or Friend
Are Committee Letters accepted?
A Committee Letter is:
Does it count as more than one LOR?
A composite Letter is:
Does it count as more than one LOR?

Interview Information

Interview Format: Individual applicants with one interviewer
Interview Dates:
Details: New for 2019-20, applicants that are invited to interview will have the option to complete a virtual interview and be eligible for an offer of admission. Candidates are strongly encouraged to attend an onsite interview day that also includes an overview of the program by the Dean of Students, lunch and tour with student ambassadors, and presentations from faculty and the Office of Experiential Programs.

Qualified applicants that complete an on-site interview are eligible for partial travel reimbursement.



March 1, 2022

General School Information


Dual Degree Program? Yes
Part of an academic health center? Yes
Pharmacy observation hours required? No
Supplemental application requirement? No
Baccalaureate degree preferred for admissions? No
Follows the AACP Cooperative Admissions Guidelines? Yes
Is preference given to in-state applicants vs. out-of-state applicants? No

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