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University of Pittsburgh    
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog 
  Jun 13, 2024
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog

School of Pharmacy


Chartered in 1878, the School of Pharmacy has a tradition of developing leaders and innovators that drive the future of pharmacy. We investigate, discover, and create ways to improve patient health and, through partnerships, change practice and improve efficiency of care.  We also use computational and bench research methods to discover and develop drugs and drug delivery systems, and optimize drug therapy. The School of Pharmacy leads the way in education, personalizing education and getting students to expert faster. The School of Pharmacy is among the oldest pharmacy schools in the country. Pitt Pharmacy is in the top tier of schools of pharmacy in US News & World Report rankings and NIH-funded research.

The School of Pharmacy is committed to improving health through excellence, innovation, and leadership in education of pharmacists and pharmaceutical scientists, in research and scholarship, in care of patients, and in service to our communities.

To be an outstanding school of pharmacy renowned for excellence in discovery and advancement of science-based use of medicines and other interventions to enhance the vitality and quality of life.

Integrity guides our daily work. We foster:
Passion, commitment, and diligence
Creativity and personal growth
Collaboration and teamwork
A culture of respect for the individual.

Contact Information

University of Pittsburgh
School of Pharmacy
3501 Terrace St
Pittsburgh, PA 15261
Admissions: 412-383-9000


The School of Pharmacy admits students to its programs under one of two statuses - guarantee or open. The guarantee admission status is detailed below:

Pharmacy Guarantee First Year Admission

All students should first submit an application to the University of Pittsburgh, Office of Admissions and Financial Aid. The School of Pharmacy does not directly admit first year students to the professional program. Rather, candidates who specify pre-pharmacy on their application, demonstrate academic success in high school, and score 1330 or higher on the SAT I (Math and Critical Reading sections), with a minimum of 660 in the Math section, will be offered a pharmacy guarantee if available.  Students who receive the guarantee are expected to perform well in their pre-professional courses.  In order to secure a place in the PharmD Program, students must earn:

  • a letter grade of a C or better in all preprofessional courses with no repeated courses
  • a 3.25 or greater overall GPA in preprofessional courses
  • a competitive Math and Science GPA of 3.0

NOTE: Required Math and Science courses must be taken at the University of Pittsburgh (AP credits are acceptable).

Test optional applicants are eligible for this guarantee.

To exercise the Pharmacy guarantee, all applicants must:

  • submit a completed PharmCAS application and fee
  • participate in a satisfactory interview prior to School of Pharmacy Admission
  • submit the Pharmacy College Admissions Test (PCAT) scores (PCAT for Fall 2023 Admissions see below)
  • writing assessment

Pharmacy Guarantee students who meet these performance criteria will be admitted into the PharmD Program.

The PCAT is optional for the Fall 2022 Admissions cycle and will be considered in the holistic application review process for applicants who have reported scores. Applicants who are unable to complete an exam or choose not to report exam scores will not be disadvantaged.

All students interested in applying to the pharmacy program should also consult the Application for Admission of the Graduate and Professional Catalog.

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