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Admission Criteria

The SIUE School of Pharmacy is a public institution established to provide pharmaceutical education, research and service. Admissions are determined annually based on available resources.

Admission Procedures
Admissions to the professional program of the SIUE School of Pharmacy are limited and competitive - it is anticipated that the instructional resources available to the School will enable 80 new students to be admitted each fall term. For this reason, achieving the minimum pre-pharmacy subject and grade criteria does not guarantee admission.

In selecting students for admission, the School will consider the applicant's cumulative grade point average (GPA), pre-pharmacy curriculum GPA, and GPA in science and mathematics courses. (View Pre-Pharmacy curriculum equivalencies between SIUE and other colleges and universities.)

Other criteria will include the Pharmacy College Admissions Test (PCAT), review of letters of recommendation, and an on-campus interview. The interview will include a writing assessment. Specific admission criteria are determined annually by the Admissions Committee as approved by the faculty and may be changed without notice.

Minimum Pre-Pharmacy Requirements
All courses listed in the pre-pharmacy curriculum must be completed with a minimum grade of "C" prior to enrollment in the professional program of the SIUE School of Pharmacy. The Admissions Committee considers all grades earned through the fall term proceeding the term for which the student is applying. For example, a student who seeks admission for the fall of 2014 and who earns a grade of "D" or "F" in a pre- pharmacy course during the fall semester of 2013 will not be eligible for consideration for admission.

In order to be considered for admission to the professional program, applicants must have a minimum grade point average of 2.75 (on a 4.0 scale) in each of the following:

  • Cumulative GPA for all post-secondary courses attempted (excluding graduate courses)
  • Pre-pharmacy curriculum GPA
  • Pre-pharmacy science and mathematics GPA

All courses listed in the pre-pharmacy curriculum subject listing must be completed with a minimum grade of "C." In order to be considered for admission to the professional program, the minimum cumulative, pre-pharmacy, and pre-pharmacy science and mathematics grade point averages are 2.75. Attaining these minimums does not guarantee consideration , and specific minimums may be modified depending on the size of the applicant pool.

Applications for admissions are evaluated based upon grades earned through the fall semester proceeding the term for which the student is applying. Students cannot use the spring or summer terms to repeat grades earned through the fall semester proceeding the term for which they are applying. So, if a student earns a "D" or "F" in a pre-pharmacy course in the fall of 2013 they are denied admission for the fall of 2014.

Students are required to have completed all pre-pharmacy courses in the spring term proceeding the intended start date. For example, students applying to enter the SOP in the fall of 2014 must complete all pre-pharmacy courses in the spring of 2014.

Students who have a total of five or more repeated courses within the pre-pharmacy curriculum will not be considered for admission to the program.

Attaining these minimums does not guarantee consideration, and specific minimums may be modified depending on the size of the applicant pool.

Pharmacy College Admission Test (PCAT)
Students who are applying to enter the SIUE School of Pharmacy must take the PCAT no later than September prior to admission. For example, students applying for the fall of 2014 should take the PCAT in September 2013.

Resident Status
Non-Illinois resident applicants are considered for admission to the SIUE School of Pharmacy. However, the School gives strong preference to residents of Illinois. The Dean may admit exceptional non-resident applicants to the pharmacy program as determined by academic qualifications, personal and professional characteristics, and upon recommendation of the Admissions Committee.

Professional Program Application
Students should begin the application process one year before their anticipated enrollment in the SIUE School of Pharmacy. The SIUE School of Pharmacy uses the PharmCAS application. Applications are submitted at http://www.pharmcas.org. PharmCAS is a centralized application service that most schools of pharmacy in the United States use.

Applicants will be reviewed based upon the following:

  • Cumulative grade point average
  • Pre-pharmacy courses grade point average
  • Pre-pharmacy science and mathematics grade point average
  • PCAT scores
  • Letters of recommendation
  • Academic transcripts

Professional Program Interview
Professional program application materials will be assembled to form an individual applicant file for consideration by the SIUE School of Pharmacy Admissions Committee. Selected applicants (selection to be based on academic performance and strength of application) will be invited to SIUE for an on-campus interview. Each applicant will be interviewed by selected SIUE School of Pharmacy faculty and pharmacy practitioners who will assess the applicant's motivations and suitability for pharmacy. In addition to being interviewed, each applicant will participate in a writing assessment. All selected applicants must participate in the on-campus interview process.

Admission Decision
Following completion of the professional program interview, the Admissions Committee will consider all aspects of the applicant's file and make recommendations to the Dean regarding admission to the SIUE School of Pharmacy. Only at this point will applicants be notified of their admission status.

Apply for Admission to SIUE
Only students who have completed the approved pre-pharmacy curriculum and who have met the aforementioned admission criteria may apply for admission to the SIUE School of Pharmacy.

For information about applying for undergraduate admission to SIUE, contact SIUE Admissions or call 800-447-SIUE from Illinois and local Missouri locations, or 618-650-3705 from anywhere.

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