University of Hawaii at Hilo

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University of Hawaii at Hilo

  • City , State Hilo, Hawaii
  • Est. Tution $96,384
  • Deadline 06/01/2022
  • Apply Now


University of Hawaii Quick Facts

Duration: 3-4 Years Courses: 66 Faculty: 28
Est. Applications: 194 Acceptance Rate: 44% Est. Class Size: 85

Program Description

The University of Hawaii at Hilo (UH Hilo) was founded in 1947 and is one of three universities in the University of Hawaii System.  UH Hilo’s diverse population combined with its unique location provides a supportive environment that prepares students to work with a wide variety of patients and situations.  The College of Pharmacy received full accreditation in June 2011 after the first group of PharmD students graduated in May 2011.  In 2013, the College was named the Daniel K. Inouye College of Pharmacy (DKICP) in honor of the late US Senator.

DKICP embraces the Institute of Medicine’s five core competencies for healthcare professionals as key components of the curriculum.  These include providing patient-centered care, working in interdisciplinary teams, applying evidence-based practice, implementing quality improvements, and utilizing information technology.  Pharmacy practice areas of drug information, therapeutics, pharmaceutical care, and experiential education permeate each year.  The curriculum incorporates community outreach and service learning while embracing Hawaii’s cultural values.

PharmD Program Highlights

  • Public Institution
  • Baccalaureate Degree Prefered
  • $50 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
  • No Utilizes the Centralized Criminal Background Check (CBC)
  • No Participates in the PharmCAS-facilitated Drug Screening Service



Location: 200 W. Kawili Street, Hilo, Hawaii 96720

Acceptance Rate for University of Hawaii

44%: See other Schools with an acceptance rate under 44%

School Demographics (2018)

Female: 62% Male: 38% Age: 18-61


Tuition (In-State): $24,096 per year
Tuition (Out-State): $41,040 per year
Tuition Fee: $448 per year


PCAT Score and G.P.A

Minimum GPA: N/A Average GPA: N/A Minimum PCAT: Optional


Program Prerequisites
Total number of college SEMESTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: 66
Total number of basic science college SEMESTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: 36
Total number of college QUARTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: 99
Applicants must successfully complete ALL course prerequisites by the end of the:
Spring 2020 term

Course Prerequisites Table

Course Title Semester/Quarter Hours
English (one course in composition) 6/8
Humanities 6/8
Social/Behavioral Sciences 6/8
World Cultural Diversity 3/4
Economics 3/4
Speech/Communication 3/4
Calculus I 3/4
General Biology w/lab 8/12
Human Anatomy and Physiology 8/12
Microbiology w/lab 4/6
General Chemistry w/lab 8/12
Organic Chemistry w/lab 8/12
Total 66/99

Letter of Recommendation Requirements

General Information
LOR types that are REQUIRED:
LOR types that are RECOMMENDED: Employer, Health Care Professional,Pharmacist, Supervisor, Professor of Science and Math
Note: please verify the institution specific details regarding CONDITIONALLY ACCEPTED LOR types.

Pre-Health Adviser
Advisor must have 2+ years of familiarity with the applicant and have 10 plus years advising experience and limit the number of such LOR’s they deliver to a top specified percent of advisees.

LOR types that are NOT ACCEPTED: Family or Friend
Are Committee Letters accepted? No
A Committee Letter is: Not Accepted
Does it count as more than one LOR?
Are Composite Letters accepted?

Does it count as more than one LOR?

Not Accepted


Interview Information

Interview Format: Individual applicants with two or more interviewers
Interview Dates:
Details: Once all of the required application components are received, the complete file will be reviewed by the DKICP Admissions Committee.  Interviews can be conducted in-person or via video conference and are closed file.  In closed file interviews, the interviewer is not provided with any information about the candidate except for their name. This approach was selected by the Admissions Committee as it helps remove preconceived biases based on students’ experiences, grades, personal statements, etc.



June 1, 2022

General School Information


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

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