VCU Honors College

Guaranteed Admission Program

Preferred Applicant Track (Pharmacy)

The Preferred Applicant Track (Pharmacy) offers pre-pharmacy honors students the opportunity to apply to the Honors College Guaranteed Admission Program (Pharmacy) at the end of your sophomore year at VCU. Upon successful completion of the Guaranteed Admission Program, students will be able to enter the School of Pharmacy without further competition.

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You will be directed to the instructions for applying, after which you can submit your application online.

Who is eligible?

All pre-pharmacy students at VCU are eligible for admission through the Preferred Applicant Track. Students who are not admitted to The Honors College prior to entering VCU must meet the requirements for admission to The Honors College and be admitted to The Honors College at the time of application.

Are transfer students eligible?

Although we are certainly delighted to have strong pre-pharmacy students transfer to VCU to complete their pre-pharmacy training, the Preferred Applicant Track (Pharmacy) is open only to students who enter VCU as freshmen. Transfer students are not eligible.

Are there any requirements for the program?

Students accepted into the Preferred Applicant Track (Pharmacy) must successfully complete the requirements of the Guaranteed Admission Program (Pharmacy).

What do I need to do to apply?

An application for admission to the Honors College Guaranteed Admission Program (Pharmacy) will be available from the Honors College during the spring semester of your sophomore year. This application, along with two letters of recommendation (one of which must come from a practicing pharmacist), must be submitted to The Honors College by the deadline date.

In order to apply, a student must be in good standing in The Honors College and have completed, or be enrolled in, the following courses: ENGL 295/UNIV 112 and HONR 200/UNIV 200, MATH 200, CHEM 101-102 and labs, BIOL 151-152 and labs, CHEM 301 and lab, and PHYS 201 or 207. Courses must be completed at VCU during either the fall or spring semesters or by dual-enrollment credit in high school. Any exception to this requires the written approval of the director of the Guaranteed Admission Programs.

What happens after my application is submitted?

Application packets will be reviewed by members of the Selection Committee for the Guaranteed Admission Program. Students selected for an interview will be notified via email. On campus interviews will take place in late September/early October.

Can I go to pharmacy school a year early?

The Preferred Applicant Track is an eight-year program — four years of undergraduate study and four years of study at the School of Pharmacy. If you wish to apply for an earlier date of admission, you must go through the standard admission process.

What if I don’t get an offer?

You will still have the benefit of an excellent pre-pharmacy education. Further, all applicants who are not offered admission in this process will be given an opportunity to receive feedback from a member of the School of Pharmacy’s Admissions Office.

What about SAT scores?

No minimum SAT score is required for this track. However, you should be aware that you will be expected to achieve well academically in a challenging curriculum. We are aware that SAT scores alone will not guarantee academic success. Therefore, for this program we are choosing to focus on your demonstrated achievement, as opposed to your test scores.

What do I have to major in?

Students are free to choose any of the undergraduate majors offered by VCU. All can accommodate the prerequisite course work for Pharmacy school and offer excellent pre-pharmacy preparation, although very structured majors may require summer school to complete the prerequisites. Your four years as an undergraduate should be a time of wonderful challenge, exciting discovery and the joy of learning — all experiences that are best achieved if you choose a major you are passionate about. Your Honors College advisor will work closely with you to help you accomplish your learning goals.

Who do I contact for more information?

Carrie G. Connolly, Ed.D.
Assistant Dean, Honors College
P.O. Box 843010
Richmond, Virginia 23284-3010
Phone: (804) 828-1803
Email: cgconnolly@vcu.edu