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Applying to the Doctor of Pharmacy Program From High School

Introduction and Overview of the School


 Admission to the Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy is available for the fall semester of each year for both high school and transfer students into the Entry-Level Pharm.D. Program.  The Pharm.D. Program is a six-year academic program leading to the Doctor of Pharmacy degree for students applying directly from high school.

Combining course work with clinical clerkships, the goal of the program is to educate health care professionals to practice pharmacy in community, hospital, academic, managed care, and industrial pharmaceutical settings.  Students complete a well-balanced curriculum of liberal arts courses, basic sciences, and pharmaceutical, clinical, socioeconomic, and administration sciences.  Instruction includes structured clinical experiences in hospitals, nursing homes, community pharmacies, and managed care agencies, as well as in pharmaceutical manufacturing companies.

Priority Deadlines and Application Availability


Applicants from high school need to ensure a completed application is submitted online no later than December 1, during the senior year of high school for Regular Action. Students wishing to apply for Early Action should submit their application by November 1 of their senior year in high school. Early Action applicants will receive non-binding, non-restrictive online decision notification by January 30. Regular Action applicant will receive online decision notification by February 28. Once the recommended application dates have passed, students may still apply and will be considered on a rolling basis in the order that the applications and supporting credentials are received.   

The Undergraduate First Year application is the application used and is available at:

The Office of University Undergraduate Admissions requires the following information to have a completed application on file:

·         Completion of the online application form including self-reported high school grades

·         Official  SAT or ACT scores sent directly to Rutgers from the testing agency

·         Paid the current application fee

This information will be sufficient to make a decision.  No personal statement (other than the required application essay) or letters of recommendation are required. Our admissions application provides multiple opportunities for applicants to describe their accomplishments, activities, community service, employment, family obligations and personal experiences.


Basic Expectations for Admission

In general, the School will expect a student who is applying directly from high school to have completed the following courses:

·         4 years of English

·         2 years of one foreign language

·         3 years of mathematics (algebra I, algebra II, and geometry)

·         1 year of biology

·         1 year of chemistry

·         5 other academic courses (physics recommended)

Please bear in mind, however, that these are the minimum requirements for your file to be reviewed for admission.  Additional coursework in other areas of study, as well as a balance of other activities will also be considered during the review process.

Advanced Expectations for Admission

First and foremost, the admissions review will look at the type of coursework that has been completed in high school.  Above and beyond the basic requirements for graduation, they will look for college preparatory courses that challenge you as a student.  A student who pursues additional coursework in the core curricular areas will give him- or herself a better opportunity for admissions consideration because more coursework has been completed.  Courses in Advanced Placement subjects, Honors Programs, and other areas of study that demonstrate a student’s ability to manage intensive course credit loads will be taken into account.  College coursework completed while in high school will be considered as well, however, this will not be a significant determining factor in acceptance.

For example, it is fine to have completed the basic math requirement of Geometry and Trigonometry.  Students who challenge themselves with Calculus are going to better their chances.  In the same way, additional courses in the Humanities and extended coursework in the core sciences will be looked at favorably.  Our concern is not so much about a 4.000 average as it is with what courses have been taken and the credit weight of those courses that make up the average. 

Secondly, the staff of the Office of University Undergraduate Admissions is going to review your Class Rank relative to your peers at your high school.  They will also look at the strength and difficulty level of the courses you have taken in relation to your class rank.  Thus, even if your Class Rank is below the top 10, if significantly more difficult courses than your peers have been taken, that will impact the review of your application.  Again, a student may have a 4.000 average and be number one in his or her class, but if the average is made up of exceptionally easy courses, that is going to affect how the class rank is viewed.

Thirdly, extra-curricular activities will be considered.  We are not necessarily interested in a student who has “only” studied.  We look for students who have been involved in clubs, sports teams, and group activities in their high school.  Also, interaction in your community is important and will be reviewed.  Work experience, volunteerism, and other activities where interaction with others is foundational and will support the well-rounded applicant.

Ultimately, we are interested in students who have challenged themselves academically, socially, and culturally and who have been able to balance the responsibilities that are inherent in each area.

There is no specific minimum SAT score that a student needs to attain in order to gain admission to the School.  Rather, the SAT score is used as a baseline for review of a student in relation to his or her peers in high school.  Should you decide to take the SATs more than once the University will accept a combination of the highest scores received.  The average SAT score depends on the year in question.  There is no singular score that is recognized as a median.  However, as with anything else in applying to college, the higher the SAT scores, the better your chances.

The factors of the entire admissions application, from transcript to SAT scores to extra-curricular activities, to the essay are all combined to make an admissions decision.




Conditional Admission

Students admitted to Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, have several conditions placed upon them.  For high school students, the primary condition of admission is completion of the twelfth grade with strong grades in all courses and graduation from high school.  Additional conditions may be placed upon a student’s admission at the discretion of the Office of University Undergraduate Admissions.

Further Questions on Admission

Answers to additional questions about the admission process may be obtained from the Office of University Undergraduate Admissions either by visiting the Office’s website at, or by calling the RU Info Line at 1 (732) 445-4636.

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