University of Connecticut
Undergraduate Admissions

Special Program in Pharmacy

The Special Program in Pharmacy links two years of pre-requisite and general education coursework with four years of professional pharmacy education resulting in two degrees: a BS in Pharmacy Studies and a Pharm.D. Students are connected to UConn’s School of Pharmacy during their first two years of study through special seminars, research opportunities, mentorship, and health-profession events, all aimed at supporting the achievement of curricular and career goals. The purpose of this program is to nurture a diverse group of highly motivated students to succeed with more flexibility and enrichment in their undergraduate and professional studies.

Students accepted to the Special Program in Pharmacy will be invited to join UConn's Honors Program.

Admissions Requirements and Deadlines

Applicants must be entering as first-semester freshmen and must demonstrate exceptional performance in academics, including advanced preparation in mathematics and laboratory sciences. There are no state residency requirements. UConn is committed to attracting members from under-represented populations to its pharmacy program.

To be considered, applicants should have:

  • An overall high school grade point average of 3.4 (4.0 scale);
  • SAT combined score of 1350 or an ACT composite score of 29. SAT II Subject Tests are not considered;
  • A completed application to the University, which includes all supporting documents, the responses to the program-specific essay questions, and an optional resume.  All documents must be received by December 1. A secondary school profile should also be submitted along with the secondary school transcript;
  • Two additional letters of recommendation, received by December 1;
  • Interviews with the School of Pharmacy late January through Skype - by invitation only.

In addition, extracurricular activities and commitment to the health profession are also considered.

Upon completion of undergraduate course prerequisites, it is expected that the student will be accepted into the School of Pharmacy providing that the additional criteria are met:

  • Completion of PharmCAS application;
  • Completion of math science prerequisites by spring semester in the year of application;
  • A college cumulative grade point average of 3.4 (4.0 scale);
  • A prerequisite math and science grade point average of 3.4 (4.0 scale);
  • A PCAT composite percentile score of 60 or higher;
  • Participation in clinical, research, and/or community services activities;
  • Favorable admission interview during the Pharm.D. application phase (not during the freshman application phase).

Students who decide not to enroll in the Special Program in Pharmacy are still eligible to be part of the pre-pharmacy applicant pool.

How to Apply:

Students can apply to the Special Program in Pharmacy directly through the Common Application. The Supplemental Application is also available for students who will not be using the Common Application to apply to the University as well as for those who have already submitted the Common Application. The University does not have a preference to which application is used.

Applicants must:

  • Indicate their interest in the program under the “Academics” tab in the University of Connecticut questions section.
  • Answer the program-specific questions and name their recommenders under the “Member Questions” tab in the “Writing Requirements” section.
  • Refer to the statement on recommendation letters below for additional information.

The optional resume can be uploaded as an attachment within the Common Application.

Applicants must:

  • Indicate their interest in the program on their application to the University if the application has not yet been submitted.
  • Answer the program-specific questions and name their recommenders on the Supplemental Application. Essays questions must be saved in a single Word or PDF document and uploaded to the supplemental application. Remember to include your name and date of birth in the document’s header. Please do not use your Social Security Number.
  • Refer to the statement on recommendation letters below for additional information.

The optional resume can be uploaded through the supplemental application.

Supplemental Application

Recommendation letters should address the student’s current academic status, extracurricular achievements, personal qualities, and potential for future success in/contributions to the field of pharmacy practice/health care and the community. Applicants will be asked to name their recommenders as a part of the application. Recommendation letters may be sent via:

  • Fax to (860) 486-1476. The fax coversheet should be sent attention to "Special Program in Pharmacy."
  • Email to The subject line should read "Special Program in Pharmacy Recommendation."