Program Statistics

Incoming Student Stats

90% have a BA/BS degree

Most students choose a major in science because the prerequisites often overlap with the required courses for science majors.

Every year the College of Pharmacy has students from over 60 different majors. Students in the program have backgrounds in communication, business, theater, history and more, so pick the best option for you!

Most Common Majors

  • Biology
  • Biochemistry
  • Chemistry


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.

If you are not able to get any work experience in pharmacy or health care, be sure to have volunteer and job shadowing experience as an alternative. It’s also very common for applicants to have many different work experiences outside of pharmacy or health care to develop different professional skills.

Entering Class Stats

Class Size

The class size each year is approximately 150 students, with about 50 students in Duluth and 100 in the Twin Cities.

2018 GPA

3.38 Average PharmCAS GPA
3.24 Average Science GPA
2.0-4.0 GPA Range

The PharmCAS GPA includes all college courses you have taken, including original and repeated grades.

GPA is just one part of a student’s academic achievement, and as long as you meet the minimum academic requirement your application will be considered for admission. Review all factors in academic achievement in the list of selection criteria.

2018 Demographics

Average Age: 26
Age Range: 20-44
Female / Male Ratio: 65%/ 35%
MN Residents: 70%
WI Residents: 7%
Out of State Students (Non-MN/WI): 23%
International/Non US Citizens: 4%
Identify as a member of a population that is underrepresented in the PharmD program: 5%

Graduate Stats

Graduation Rates

2012: 97%
2013: 98%
2014: 98%
2015: 98%
2016: 96%
2017: 99%

Post-Graduation Placement Rate 2018

97.5%  Placement rate (6 months)
42% Pharmacy employment
46% Residency
3% Fellowship or graduation education
2% Non pharmacy/other pursuits
2% Still seeking
5% No response 

Curious what our graduates are doing?  See:

NAPLEX First Time Candidates Passing Rate

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

Average PCAT Scores For 2018 Entering Class

Composite: 72%
Biology: 72% 
Chemistry: 76% 
Quantitative Ability: 66% 
Reading Comprehension: 57%
Writing: 3.0
Composite PCAT Range: 3-99%

Check out our PCAT page for test dates, exam blueprint, study tips, and prep courses available. Remember to select PharmCAS (code 104) as the recipient of your scores when you register for the PCAT.

When reviewing these statistics, it is important to keep in mind that the admissions committee considers our 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.

Current Graduate Job Titles

Ambulatory Care PGY1 Resident PGY1-Behavioral Health Services Resident
Clinical Outcomes Pharmacist PGY-1 Resident
Clinical pharmacist Pharmaceutical Care Leadership Resident
Community Pharmacist Pharmaceutical Care Resident
Fellowship & PhD Student Pharmacist
Global Pharmacy Engagement, Education and Research Fellow Pharmacist in Charge
Hospital Pharmacist Pharmacy Manager
Lieutenant Pharmacist Retail Pharmacist
Managed Care Pharmacy Resident Retail/Hospital Pharmacist
PGY1 Community Pharmacy Resident SAPh PhD Student
PGY1 Hospital Resident Staff Pharmacist
Visiting Scientist - Global Pricing, Reimbursement, and Access