PharmD admission stats & FAQs

How many applications do you receive, and how many enroll in the PharmD program?

We receive approximately 400 applications for 90–100 seats. Keep in mind, though, that nearly 80 percent of applicants will be invited for an interview.

Can I use AP credit to satisfy pre-pharmacy course requirements?

Yes. Advanced Placement (AP) courses taken in high school may be used to fulfill pre-pharmacy requirements. In the event that the AP course(s) is not indicated on the college transcript, you may be requested to submit the AP score report.

Can I take the PCAT more than once?

PCAT will allow you to register for the test up to five times. If PCAT scores are provided, we predominantly consider the best score when reviewing an applicant.

Effective April 2020, CUWSOP is a PCAT optional instutition and does not require it as part of the application. Students are encouraged to reach out to the pharmacy admissions team at pharmacy@cuw.edu to discuss the strength of their application and determine if they should take the PCAT in order to be the most competitive applicant possible.

Who can I ask if I have questions about my pre-pharmacy coursework?

The Office of Student Affairs is here to answer any questions you may have about your pre-pharmacy coursework, regardless of where you completed it. Please contact us at pharmacy@cuw.edu or 262.243.2728.

I have a pharmacy degree from a foreign institution. Do I need to complete the pre-pharmacy course requirements?

Yes. All students should complete the pre-pharmacy course requirements. Foreign pharmacy coursework may partially or fully replace pre-pharmacy course requirements, at the discretion of the associate dean for academic affairs.

How does the Early Decision process work?

Early Decision is a great option if you know that CUW is the right university for you. By applying for Early Decision, you’re agreeing to accept CUW’s offer of admission, should you be admitted.

Do I have to be an exceptional applicant to apply for Early Decision?

All applicants, whether Early Decision or regular status, are encouraged to be as competitive as possible during the admission process. Early Decision applicants are reviewed using the same selection criteria as regular applicants, and don’t have a more rigorous selection process than regular applicants.

What percentage of CUW School of Pharmacy graduates find work immediately after graduation?

Concordia University Wisconsin pharmacy graduates have 99 percent employment placement and 29 percent were matched to a residency program - nearly double the national average of all pharmacy programs, according to the most recently available data.

What type of pharmacy work can I specialize in as a CUW School of Pharmacy graduate?

After graduating from our PharmD degree program, you can take your career-ready knowledge and skills to a variety of practice areas upon graduation—including, but not limited to, ambulatory care, clinic pharmacy practice, community pharmacy, hospital pharmacy, academic pharmacy, and pharmaceutical sciences.

What makes a PharmD education different at Concordia?

Good question! It's not just one aspect that makes graduates satisfied with their experience at CUW. CUW SOP scores 13% higher than the national average of pharmacy school graduates who feel “If I were starting my pharmacy program over again, I would choose the same School of Pharmacy.” CUW’s Doctor of Pharmacy degree program was awarded AACP’s 2015 Award for Excellence in Assessment of learning outcomes. We put the focus on clinical practice—40 percent of program learning happens in real-life clinical settings. In addition, our pharmacist and pharmaceutical science instructors serve both you and patients on a daily basis, offering you unparalleled support as you work in hospitals and community pharmacies, and get the hands-on interdisciplinary exposure you need to succeed.

What the students say: “Ultimately, I chose CUWSOP because of the mission statement the school presents. My goal is to not only be a pharmacist, but a servant leader in the healthcare community. Through my career, I want to improve the lives of others, while advancing the profession and creating better outcomes. The people and environment at CUW will confidently help me reach these goals.” -Jason Chladek, class of 2021

Is a bachelor’s degree required for admission to Concordia University Wisconsin’s pharmacy programs?

To begin our PharmD program, a bachelor’s degree isn’t required. Applicants only need to have completed the minimum undergraduate pre-pharmacy coursework by the end of the summer prior to the fall semester of the first year.

What is the campus environment like at CUW?

The Concordia University Wisconsin School of Pharmacy offers an inspired, supportive atmosphere that complements the University mission by nurturing the mind, body, and spirit of each student. While we’re a Christian institution, we openly welcome students of all faiths to learn to serve their future patients as pharmacists.

And as part of our commitment to the development of pharmacists who are servant leaders, we offer you a number of ways to get involved in student organizations for networking, social, and collaborative learning, plus other aspects of CUW student life.

What the students say: “CUW is a wonderful university that strives to make students short and long-term goals a reality. The staff and programs are diverse and open up many doors for every student and the experiences that I gained I will carry throughout my entire career as a pharmacist.” – From AACP Graduating Student Survey 2019

What the students say: “CUW really cares about their students in every aspect. They teach us to be well rounded people and I appreciate that very much. I love CUW and I was blessed to have gotten my education from here. The professors are beyond dedicated and I appreciate that a lot, it truly makes a difference with the positive morale that CUW has!” – From AACP Graduating Student Survey 2019

What’s the local area like?

Mequon, Wisconsin is 20 minutes north of downtown Milwaukee. Enjoy the smaller community and rural feel of Mequon and surrounding cities, such as Cedarburg and Grafton. Located in Ozaukee County along Lake Michigan, there are numerous community events throughout the year, as well as great recreation. It’s the perfect balance of opportunities in a large city with the cost of living and experiences of more intimate communities.

If you prefer an urban feel, Milwaukee is host to major professional sports teams, museums, theaters, and numerous independent restaurants.

Does Concordia University Wisconsin offer graduate/professional student housing?

We do offer on-campus housing for graduate/professional students based on availability. On-campus housing is for students only, we cannot accommodate spouses or families. If you are interested in on-campus housing, please contact the Office of Student Affairs first at 262.243.2728 or pharmacy@cuw.edu.

Most students choose to live in areas 10-25 miles from campus, such as Mequon, Grafton, Cedarburg, Port Washington, Fox Point, Bayside and Whitefish Bay. Applicants who are admitted to the program will have opportunities to make roommate and housing connections before moving to Mequon.