Cedarville University uses a direct entry approach, allowing new freshman and transfer students to compete for preferred admission to the school of pharmacy. If you gain preferred admission as a new student, you will not need to compete for admission to the final four years of advanced professional-level education. Your admission will only be contingent upon successfully maintaining the academic and personal requirements of the program, including a professional interview in the fall of the last year of prepharmacy study. This approach enables you to focus on enjoying your undergraduate education, not competing for admission to pharmacy school.
Gaining preferred admission to the school of pharmacy involves two steps. First, you must obtain admission to the University. Second, you must compete for preferred admission to the school of pharmacy. That competition begins with an invitation by the Pharmacy Admissions Committee. Those invitations are based upon the following criteria:
For freshman students applying directly from high school:
- Declared interest in pharmacy
- High school curriculum
- Cumulative high school grade point average of at least a 3.25 on a 4 point scale
- Class rank
- ACT composite and subscores of at least 23 (or SAT subscores of at least 530)
For transfer students who have studied full-time at another university:
- Declared interest in pharmacy
- Collegiate course work
- Cumulative grade point average (3.0 required)
The Pharmacy Admissions Committee typically begins inviting students to apply by the first week of December. An Early Interview Option is available. The application process involves submitting an essay and scheduling an interview with the Pharmacy Admissions Committee. Your final selection will be based upon performance in the interview and on the essay.
While most students apply prior to March 1, there is no firm application deadline. Applicants are considered as long as there is room in the class. Students typically receive notification concerning their admission within two weeks of their interview with the Pharmacy Admissions Committee.
If you do not initially qualify for preferred admission you may enroll at the University as a prepharmacy student, taking the recommended prepharmacy curriculum. Working with a pharmacy faculty advisor, you may develop a plan to pursue admission to the Cedarville University School of Pharmacy or another pharmacy program. Typically and depending upon space in the class, you will be considered for preferred admission to the Cedarville University School of Pharmacy when your spring semester cumulative Cedarville grade point average exceeds 3.0.
Advantages of Preferred Admission
- By achieving preferred admission, you can plan ahead that you will be attending pharmacy school, as long as you meet the program continuation requirements.
- You can focus on learning, not competing for a place in pharmacy school. We screen students in the admission process, not as a part of the academic experience. Consequently, your professors will focus on helping you learn and realize your full potential, not on weeding you out. Cedarville University has achieved national recognition for providing a supportive learning environment and a focus on undergraduate teaching. We want you to succeed!
- You have a significantly higher probability of your gaining admission to pharmacy school and realizing your goal to be a pharmacist at Cedarville. Nationally, the average ratio of applicants to available spaces in pharmacy school classes is 8 to 1, giving you about a 12 percent chance of gaining admission at other schools.
- You will take a pharmacy course each semester in the prepharmacy curriculum, gaining valuable insights into the profession. Many schools wait until the graduate portion of the curriculum to cover this content.
- Your academic advisor will be a pharmacy faculty member, a pharmacist who knows the profession and who will provide excellent career counseling as well as academic and personal input into your life. Our faculty members, all committed Christians seeking to honor God, take their mentoring roles seriously, desiring you to reach your full potential in Christ and in your profession
- You can enjoy a variety of pharmacy-related projects and activities sponsored by the school of pharmacy or one of the pharmacy student organizations. Field trips to area pharmacies, special presentations by practicing pharmacists, pharmacy research projects with fellow students or professors, service projects in the region, and medical missions trips are just a few examples of the experiences that can enrich your undergraduate experience.
- Your prepharmacy experience will include PCAT preparation sponsored by the school of pharmacy during your second year.
To continue as a prepharmacy student and move into the advanced professional-level, pharmacy portion of the curriculum, you will need to meet the following requirements:
- Earn a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.00 at the end of each prepharmacy year.
- Earn a "C" or higher in all courses
- Complete all of the curricular requirements of the prepharmacy program.
- Obtain a PCAT score (Pharmacy College Admissions Test) at the 50th percentile or above.
- Interview successfully with the faculty of the school of pharmacy.