Admission decision FAQs

Every year, we receive more applications than we have spots in our class. Admission to our PharmD program is very competitive.

If your application was denied admission, you probably have many questions. Below are some of the most common questions we receive. If your question isn’t listed below, we would be happy to answer it: or 919-966-9429

Why was my application denied?

We do not provide specific feedback on why an application was denied. The Admissions Committee reviews each application thoroughly, and considers whether the applicant is academically qualified, a strong applicant, and a good fit for the program. There are many different reasons why an application might be denied, and it also depends on the size and strength of the applicant pool. We receive more applications than we can offer an interview (or a seat in the class), so we are selective.

Is there any more information I can provide the Admissions Committee to overturn the decision? Can I appeal my decision?

No, the Admissions Committee has reviewed your application and made an admissions decision. You cannot submit new information after the application deadline has passed. The decision is final.

Can I meet with someone to review my application?

No, we do not meet individually with students to discuss their applications, and we do not provide specific reasons for why an application was denied.

What can I do to be more competitive next year?

We recommend that you review this website to learn more about the types of students admitted to our program. You can find statistics for students previously admitted here. We will update this website with the Class of 2020’s admission information by July 1, 2016.

We also encourage you to review our Admission FAQs.

This post has recommendations for becoming a more competitive applicant. Feel free to check back on the blog in the coming months; we will post more content that will focus on being competitive.

In general, consider which aspect of your application was the weakest, and focus your efforts on improving that for the next admissions cycle. Every application and every student is different, so what might be the weakest part of your application might not be the same for your friend’s application. Sometimes the weakest part of an application is the academics (prerequisite courses, GPA, and/or PCAT). If that is the case, focus on improving your GPA, retaking any low prereq courses that you might need to review, and studying to improve your PCAT scores. Many times, it is because outside of academics, the applicant was not strong. We like to see students who are well-rounded in terms of their extra curricular involvement, who demonstrate leadership, have explored pharmacy and healthcare, and have research experience.

Is there additional coursework I can take to make me a stronger candidate?

You are always welcome to take more advanced coursework in your major or in an academic area (especially math or science) that will help you prepare for pharmacy school. We also encourage you to take courses you are interested in! If you’ve always wanted to take an art or psychology class, go for it! You will have 4 years to study science and pharmacy, so now is your opportunity to take classes outside those disciplines.
If you need coursework to fill credits, we recommend taking a research or writing-intensive class.
If you have lower grades (C- or lower) in prerequisite courses, we encourage you to retake those classes (and aim for an A or B grade). Don’t feel that you have to retake your prerequisite classes if you have above a C- in a prerequisite course. Retaking a class just to improve your GPA should not be your goal. Your goal should be to learn the material.

Can I reapply?

Yes, you are welcome to reapply. Our application for Fall 2017 entry will open in mid-July 2016.


Happy Holidays

We’ve made it through the fall semester, the application deadline, and two out of our three Candidates’ Days. Time for a break! 🙂

The School and Admissions Office will be closed December 23rd-27th and December 31st-January 3rd. The best way to contact us from now until January 4th is via email:

I hope you and your family have a wonderful holiday, and a Happy New Year!


The Office of Student Affairs is ready for the holidays – Tar Heel style!

Connect with us in October

We’ve got a lot of recruitment events coming up this month, and we hope to see you at some of them!

We’re hosting an Open House in Asheville on Monday, October 12 at 5:30pm. The following day, we’re hosting an Open House in Chapel Hill on Tuesday, October 13 at 5:30pm. You’ll learn about the admissions process, hear from a faculty member about the pharmacy profession, and meet with current students who will discuss our PharmD program. It’s a great opportunity to visit the school and learn more about pharmacy!

We will also be participating in the AACP Virtual Fair and Chat. It’s free for you to join and chat with us. We’ll have admissions folks and current students there to answer your questions from 10am-4pm  EST both October 21 and 22. Log on and say hi!

If you can’t make an Open House, we also offer Pharmacy Fridays, which are shorter sessions with an admissions representative and current students. Learn more about admissions, our program, and take a tour of the school. We have Pharmacy Fridays coming up in October and November in Asheville and Chapel Hill.

Sign up for any of our events here.