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School of Pharmacy

Preferred Admission Entry Path

Preferred Admission Entry Admission Path: 2+4 or 3+4

Preferred Admission students may be admitted to the University based on demonstrated strong academic performance in high school. If the required academic, professional, and other standards are met, each student will have a seat reserved for them in the Doctor of Pharmacy program. Both a six-year and a seven-year pathway to the Pharm.D. are available.

There is no firm application deadline. Applicants using the Preferred Admission entry path are considered as long as there are still seats available in the class. If you do not initially qualify for Preferred Admission, you may enroll at the University as a pharmaceutical sciences student, taking the recommended prepharmacy curriculum. Working with a pharmacy faculty advisor, a plan will be developed to pursue admission to the Cedarville University School of Pharmacy. Typically, you may be considered for Preferred Admission to the Cedarville University School of Pharmacy when your spring semester cumulative Cedarville grade point average exceeds 3.0. 

Students who receive a Preferred Admission entry invitation are eligible to receive a renewable scholarship up to $5,000. The award amount is determined by academic performance and the results of your scholarship interview. This scholarship will be added on top of any other undergraduate scholarships you may receive, per financial aid regulations.

Application Process

  1. Gain admittance to Cedarville University
    Complete and submit the undergraduate application for admission. You may begin this process as soon as your high school posts your final junior year grades. The undergraduate application opens on June 1.
  2. Indicate your program of interest as "Pharmaceutical Sciences" on your application.​
  3. Participate in an interview with the School of Pharmacy to be considered for scholarships.
  4. Accept your Preferred Admission status.​

Recommended Minimum Qualifications

For freshmen students accepted at Cedarville University directly from high school, Preferred Admission invitations are based on:

  • Declared major on application: Pharmaceutical Sciences.
  • High school curriculum.
  • Cumulative high school weighted grade point average of at least a 3.25.
  • Recommended: ACT composite of at least 23 or SAT composite of at least 1130 (Due to limited availability of standardized testing during the COVID-19 pandemic, Cedarville will not require a standardized test score as a requirement for admission for students entering any term through spring 2023. For more information, visit the Test Optional FAQs page.)

Advantages of Preferred Admission

  • By achieving Preferred Admission to the Pharm.D. program, 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!

Continuation Requirements

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
  • Successful interview with School of Pharmacy faculty during fall semester of final prepharmacy year