Student Success and Demographics

The class size each year is approximately 168 students, with 60 students at the Duluth campus and 108 at the Twin Cities campus.

Take a look through the tabs below to see our averages for all students in the PharmD program.


Fall 2017

For Fall 2017 admission, the University of Minnesota received 624 PharmCAS applications. Of those, 343 applicants were interviewed, and 73% of all interviewed applicants were offered admission!


Average PharmCAS GPA: 3.4
Average Science GPA: 3.27
GPA Range: 2.25-3.99
Approximately 90% of incoming students have a bachelor's degree

Top three most common majors: Biology, Biochemistry, Chemistry


Composite: 78%
Biology: 76% 
Chemistry: 80% 
Quantitative Ability: 69% 
Reading Comprehension: 65%
Writing: 3.3
Composite PCAT Range: 15-99%

The average amount of paid work experience in pharmacy or health care for students starting the PharmD program is about 22 months, full or part-time.

When reviewing these statistics, it is important to keep in mind that the admissions committee considers our 8 selection criteria using a holistic process. Academic achievement includes many factors; applicants who have been admitted with a low GPA or PCAT score have typically demonstrated strong academic potential in other areas of their academic background.


Fall 2016 Incoming Student Profile

Total: 169
Average Age: 24
Age Range: 21-46
Female / Male Ratio: 66%/ 33%
MN Residents: 75%
Wisconsin Residents: 9%
Other Out-of-State Residents: 12%
International Students: 5%
Identify as a Member of a Diverse Racial or Ethnic Group: 30%

Student Demographics

Students in all four years of the PharmD program in Fall 2016

Total: 672
Average Age: 26
Age Range: 21-46
Female / Male Ratio: 64%/ 35%
MN Residents: 69%
Wisconsin Residents: 11%
Other Out-of-State Residents: 10%
International Students: 10%
Identify as a Member of a Diverse Racial or Ethnic Group: 26%



Graduation/NAPLEX Rates

Graduate Rate

2012: 98.06%
2013: 96.32%
2014: 99.29%
2015: 98%
2016: 98%
2017: 98.16%

Passing Rate of First Time Candidates on NAPLEX

2012: 98.06%
2013: 96.32%
2014: 99.29%
2015: 95.10%
2016: 91%
2017: 97.4%


Success of Graduates

Post-Graduation Placement Rate 2015: At the time of graduation in 2015, out of 117 graduates who completed a college survey, 46% found employment, 34% entered residency, and 3% will go on to a fellowship or graduate education.

Curious what our graduates are doing? Take a look at a list of their employers and job titles in 2017.