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Assured Admission into the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy

You want to study at the #1 Pharmacy School in the nation.

If this sounds like you, then you should consider the following Excel@Carolina opportunity.*

Academic Program Overview
The UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy is known for cutting-edge research, rigorous academic programs, and outstanding faculty, staff, and students. The Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) program was named the #1 PharmD program in the nation by U.S. News & World Report. With an enriched curriculum and the support of recent gifts, the School prepares students to become leaders and innovators in pharmacy practice, education, and research.

Degree Specifics: The doctor of pharmacy requires at least two years of undergraduate study, followed by four years of study in the professional program.

Possible Careers: During your time at the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy, you will discover the diverse opportunities available to graduates of the program  ─ from working as a pharmacist in a hospital or clinic to specializing in nuclear pharmacy to being a researcher in nanotechnology to serving the government to leading at a biotechnology or pharmaceutical company.

Assured Admission Details
Students in the assured admission program will complete their prerequisite coursework in the College of Arts and Sciences, developing a strong foundation in math and science through the general education curriculum. After completing prerequisite coursework, students in the assured pharmacy program can begin their studies in the School of Pharmacy as early as their third year at Carolina, provided they maintain an acceptable GPA and complete other requirements as established by the program.

Only the top students receive an Assured Admission position at the School of Pharmacy. The Assured Admission program includes:

  • A spot in the competitive PharmD program. Last year, only 150 of the 600 students who applied were admitted, and the average undergraduate GPA of admitted students was 3.5.
  • Invitation to a special monthly seminar – from meeting alumni, to sessions on research and pharmacy shadowing opportunities to getting to know Pharmacy faculty and staff, these seminars can be crucial to building your network.
  • Mentoring from Pharmacy faculty and staff as well as from a current Pharmacy student who Assured Admission students are paired with in the fall semester.

First-year students who take advantage of this program are under no obligation to pursue the PharmD degree if their interests lead them elsewhere.

* Assured Admission to Pharmacy is only available to students is only available to students who apply for and are admitted through Early Action.

Please visit the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy to learn more about the PharmD program.

From recent Assured Admission students:

“I chose the Assured Admission program because I wanted to take advantage of every opportunity that might possibly open doors to pharmacy as a future career. It’s been a great way to obtain early exposure to the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy and pharmacy in general. In particular, the monthly seminars have helped me connect with the other students in the Assured Admissions program, meet faculty at the pharmacy school, and provide me with insight as to all of the opportunities that would be available to me in pharmacy school and beyond.” — Kelsey Fletcher, PharmD Candidate, Class of 2019

“I really love how the Assured Admission program for pharmacy has very clear and reasonable requirements that have helped me plan and schedule my courses. The monthly seminars and the staff involved in the program have also been extremely helpful in exposing me to pharmacy and helping me determine if I wanted to continue with the Assured Admission program.” — Kristie Chow, PharmD Candidate, Class of 2019

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