Preferred Admission For Freshman and Transfer Students
Through our preferred admission program, undergraduates and transfer students who qualify may be granted automatic admission to our Doctor of Pharmacy program. With acceptance rates at professional pharmacy programs around 12 percent, the Cedarville direct entry option streamlines your goal of becoming a pharmacist.
Preferred admission is determined by a competitive process and begins with an invitation by the Pharmacy Admissions Committee.
Pharmacy application invitations are based upon the following criteria:
For freshmen students accepted at Cedarville University 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 570)*
For transfer students who have studied full time at another university:
- Declared interest in pharmacy
- Collegiate course work
- Cumulative grade point average (3.0 minimum required)
* SAT Test Scores: Based on SAT tests taken March 2016 and afterwards.
The Director of Pharmacy Admissions will begin extending invitations to incoming freshman and transfers after they have been admitted to the university. University applications are available for students to begin July 1st. Students should apply to Cedarville and choose Pharmaceutical Sciences as their intended major. Once admitted to the university your credentials will be reviewed and qualified students will begin to be invited to interview starting in early October. The School of Pharmacy conducts interviews in November and January.
There is no firm application deadline. Applicants to the preferred admission track are considered as long as there are still seats available in the class. Students typically receive notification from the School of Pharmacy Admissions Committee concerning their preferred admission status within a month of their interview.
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 with confidence for 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 gaining admission to pharmacy school and realizing your goal of becoming a pharmacist. Nationally, the average ratio of applicants to available spaces in pharmacy school is 8-to-1, giving you about a 12 percent chance of admission at other schools.
- You will take a pharmacy course each semester in the prepharmacy curriculum, providing 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, who will provide excellent career counseling as well as academic and personal input for your life. Our faculty members, all committed Christians seeking to honor God, take their mentoring roles seriously, and desire to help 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 of the experiences that can enrich your undergraduate education.
- 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 Doctor of Pharmacy program, you will need to meet the following requirements:
- Grade point average of at least 3.00 at the end of each prepharmacy year
- "C" grade or higher in all courses
- Completion of all prepharmacy curriculum
- PCAT score (Pharmacy College Admissions Test) at the 50th percentile or above
- Successful interview with School of Pharmacy faculty during fall semester of final prepharmacy year