Learn more about interviewing for our program!

Screening for an interview

Applications are reviewed for an interview invitation based primarily on academic achievement, using the following criteria.

Automatic interview invitation

  • Overall PharmCAS GPA of 3.3 or higher
  • Overall PharmCAS GPA of 3.0 to 3.29 with 50% or higher PCAT
  • Overall PharmCAS GPA below 3.0 with 70% or higher PCAT

Reviewed for an interview invitation

  • Overall PharmCAS GPA below 3.3 without PCAT scores
  • Overall PharmCAS GPA below 3.3 with PCAT scores lower than listed above

All applicants are strongly encouraged to apply; last year, over 90% of applicants were selected to interview! Reviewers will evaluate an applicant's overall GPA, science GPA, prerequisite GPA, GPA trends, and PCAT scores (if submitted), along with challenges the applicant has faced and barriers they have overcome, to identify applicants selected to interview.

Interview Location

Interviews will be conducted virtually over Zoom for the 2021-2022 admission cycle.

Typically, interviews are held on both our Duluth and Twin Cities campuses. The location of your interview has no bearing on your campus assignment if you are offered admission. We are unable to accommodate all location preferences for the interview due to facility and interviewer availability limitations.


The University of Minnesota Twin Cities’ Pre-Health Student Resource Center offers a number of free-to-the-public resources that can help you prepare for an interview. They are:

Interview Day

Be sure to dress professionally (ie, suits, ties, no sneakers, etc.) and join on time (meaning neither late nor excessively early)! Prior to your interview, we will mail you a packet of materials. Please have these on hand during your interview day.

The following are our scheduled virtual interview days for 2021-2022 application cycle:

  • September 29, 2021
  • November 3, 2021
  • November 17, 2021
  • December 8, 2021
  • January 12, 2022
  • January 18, 2022
  • February 1, 2022
  • February 22, 2022
  • March 22, 2022

Note that space is limited at each interview day and we reach capacity quickly. Please keep in mind it is advantageous to applicants to interview as early in the admissions process as possible. We do not schedule interviews before an application is considered complete and has been reviewed for an interview invitation.

Sample Schedule

While our precise schedule varies, our general schedule for the Fall 2022 admissions cycle is reflected below. Not only do we interview you, but we also consider it an opportunity for you to “interview” us! You’ll want to get know the programs you’re considering, so we want to be sure your questions are answered and you get a thorough overview of what it’s like to be a student here!

  • Welcome from the deans
  • Interviews (two one-on-one 25-minute interviews with College representatives)
  • Current student panel
  • Faculty panel
  • About the Minnesota PharmD
  • Admissions overview