Program Statistics

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.

GPA for Entering Class 2017

3.4 Average PharmCAS GPA
3.27 Average Science GPA
2.25-3.99 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.

Around 90% of incoming students 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!

Top Three Most Common Majors

  • Biology
  • Biochemistry
  • Chemistry

Average PCAT Scores Entering Class 2017

Composite: 78%
Biology: 76% 
Chemistry: 80% 
Quantitative Ability: 69% 
Reading Comprehension: 65%
Writing: 3.3

Composite PCAT Range: 15-99%

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 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.

Pharmacy or Health Care Experience

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.

Student Demographics

Students in all four years of the PharmD program in fall 2017:

Total Students: 673
Average Age: 26
Age Range: 21-46
Female / Male Ratio: 64%/ 35%
MN Residents: 69%
WI Residents: 11%
Out of State Students (Non-MN/WI): 10%
International/Non US Citizens: 10%
Identify as a Member of an Underrepresented Racial or Ethnic Group (U.S.-Born): 26%

Class Size

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

Graduation Rates

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

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%

Post-Graduation Placement Rate 2017

99% Placement Rate (6 months)
49% Beginning Employment
37% Beginning Residency
3%  fellowship or graduate education
10% no response
1% still seeking

Curious what our graduates are doing?  See:

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