University of Iowa

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University of Iowa

  • City , State Iowa City, Iowa
  • Est. Tution $106,688
  • Deadline 02/01/2022
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The University of Iowa Quick Facts

Duration: 4 Years Courses: 72 Faculty: 58
Est. Applications: 267 Acceptance Rate: 40% Est. Class Size: 107

Program Description

The University of Iowa’s College of Pharmacy has a superb national reputation. Its PharmD program is ranked 17th in the nation by U.S. News & World Report.

The college is the fourth-oldest pharmacy college at a state-supported university and has been educating pharmacists since 1885. In that time, it has developed nationally and internationally recognized research programs in pharmaceutics, medicinal and natural products chemistry, clinical pharmaceutical sciences, pharmaceutical socioeconomics, and pharmacy practice. Its faculty is recognized worldwide.

The PharmD program is widely known for its personalized atmosphere and emphasis on individual attention – a result of its low student-to-faculty ratio – and its location on a world-class health sciences campus. It is adjacent to University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, one of the nation’s largest public university teaching hospitals.

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PharmD Program Highlights

  • Public Institution
  • No Baccalaureate Required
  • $250 deposit to hold acceptance
  • Conducts interviews of applicants
  • Participates in Early Decision Program (EDP)
  • PCAT composite score 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: 115 S. Grand Ave. 127 Pharmacy Building, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1112

Acceptance Rate for The University of Iowa

40%: See other Schools with an acceptance rate under 40%

School Demographics (2018)

Female: 64% Male: 36% Age: 18-61


Tuition (In-State): $26,672 per year
Tuition (Out-State): $43,148 per year
Tuition: $1,703 per year


PCAT Score and G.P.A

Minimum GPA: 2.5 Average GPA: 2.5 Minimum PCAT: N/A


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: 40
Total number of college QUARTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation:
Applicants must successfully complete ALL course prerequisites by the end of the:
Spring 2019 term

Course Prerequisites Table

Course Title Semester/Quarter Hours
Rhetoric 4
Principles of Chemistry I 4
Principles of Chemistry II 3
Calculus 4
Statistics 3
Biology I 4
Biology II 4
Basic Physics 4
Organic Chemistry I 3
Organic Chemistry II 3
Principles of Human Anatomy 3
Human Physiology
Principles of Microeconomics 4
Biochemistry 3
Microbiology 4
12 semester hours of General Education coursework 3/4
Total 72

Letter of Recommendation Requirements

General Information
LOR types that are REQUIRED:
LOR types that are RECOMMENDED: Co-Worker, Employer, Faculty Advisor, Health Care Professional, Pharmacist, Supervisor, Professor of Liberal Arts, Science and Math, Teaching Assistant
LOR types that are CONDITIONALLY ACCEPTED: Pre-Health Advisor
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: Friend, Family, and Politician
Are Committee Letters accepted?
A Committee Letter is:
Does it count as more than one LOR?
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Are Composite Letters accepted?

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Interview Information

Interview Format: Individual applicants with two or more interviewers
Interview Dates:
Details: Selected applicants will be invited to interview via email from September to February. Interviews will be held in this same time frame. Interview day consists of a 30 minute closed-file interview with 2 – 3 interviewers, a written essay, and a tour of the Pharmacy Building given by current pharmacy students.



February 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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