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School of Pharmacy

Preferred Admission Entry Path

Six or Seven-Year Pharmacy Path

With a strong academic performance in high school, you may be admitted to Cedarville as a Preferred Admission pharmacy student. This means a seat will be reserved for you in our Doctor of Pharmacy program before you complete your undergraduate studies. You can earn your PharmD degree in as little as six years. A seven-year pathway is also available.

There is no firm application deadline. Your entry into our early assurance pharmacy program will be considered as long as there are seats available in the class.

If you do not initially qualify for Preferred Admission, you may still enroll at Cedarville as a Pharmaceutical Sciences student. Working with a pharmacy faculty advisor, a plan will be developed for you to pursue admission to the School of Pharmacy. If your Cedarville spring semester cumulative GPA is higher than 3.0, you may apply for the direct entry PharmD program at this time.

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 to any other undergraduate scholarships you may receive, per financial aid regulations.

Direct Entry Pharmacy Application Process

  1. Gain admittance to Cedarville University
  2. Complete and submit your  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.
  3. Indicate your program of interest as Pharmaceutical Sciences on your application.​
  4. Participate in an interview with the School of Pharmacy to be considered for scholarships.
  5. Accept your Preferred Admission status.​

Recommended Minimum Qualifications

For freshmen students accepted at Cedarville directly from high school, direct entry 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. Cedarville does not require a standardized test score as a requirement for admission. For more information, visit the Test Optional FAQs page.

Advantages of Preferred Admission

  • By achieving Preferred Admission to the pharmacy program, you can plan with confidence for pharmacy school, provided you meet the program continuation requirements.
  • You can focus on learning, not competing for a place in pharmacy school. We screen students during the admission process, not as a part of the academic experience. Therefore, your professors will focus on helping you learn and realize your full potential, not on weeding you out.
  • Cedarville has achieved national recognition for providing a supportive learning environment and a focus on undergraduate teaching. We want you to succeed! 

Direct Entry Continuation Requirements

To continue as a prepharmacy student and move into the PharmD 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