Admissions Statistics

What Are My Chances?

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! 

The class size each year is approximately 168 students, with about 60 students at the Duluth campus and 108 at the Twin Cities campus. Take a look through the tabs below to see our average GPA and PCAT for 2017 admission and other statistics including all students in the PharmD program.

58% were offered admission


GPA for entering class in fall 2017:

Average PharmCAS GPA: 3.4
Average Science GPA: 3.27
GPA Range: 2.25-3.99

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

Keep in mind that 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:

Pharmacy College Admissions Test (PCAT)

Average PCAT scores for the entering class in fall 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.

Student Demographics

Students entering the PharmD program in fall 2017:

Total students: 167
Average age: 24
Age range: 21-42
Female / male ratio: 60%/40%
MN residents: 69%
WI residents: 5%
Out of state students (non-MN/WI): 16%
International/Non US Citizens: 10%
Identify as a member of an underrepresented racial or ethnic group (U.S.-born): 19%

Class of 2017:

On-time graduation rate: 98%
Post-graduation placement rate: At the time of graduation in 2017, out of ### graduates who completed a college survey, ##% found employment, ##% entered a residency program, and ##% will go on to a fellowship or graduate education. (2017 survey data pending)
First-time pass rate on licensure exam (2017): 97%  (national average: 90%)


Pharmacy or Health Care

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.