Before You Apply

We invite you to explore the resources on this page for information about the pharmacy profession, opportunities to get your questions answered, and ways to become a strong applicant.

Meet with a pre-pharmacy/admissions advisor

Prospective students are encouraged to connect with our Pre-School of Pharmacy advisors via in-person or phone advising appointments to learn more about the PharmD program and requirements, career opportunities, curriculum, selection criteria, and application procedures.  Please contact our Student & Academic Affairs Office to set up an advising appointment, and be sure to review the pre-pharmacy advising information prior to your appointment.

Attend a Preview Day (for high school students)

Are you a junior or senior in high school who is interested in learning more about what pharmacy is?  Learn more at our annual Pharmacy Preview Day:

Attend an Open House (for undergraduates)

If you’re an undergraduate student who is interested in learning more about the UW-Madison Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) program, we encourage you to attend our biannual Open House event for undergraduate students:

Join a Pre-Pharmacy Club

Students at the University of Wisconsin-Madison can join the Pre-Pharmacy Club to hear from pharmacist guest speakers, network with current pharmacy students, learn about pharmacy technician jobs, or participate in volunteer opportunities and social events with other pre-pharmacy students.  If your school does not have a Pre-Pharmacy Club, consider starting one – it would be a great leadership opportunity!

Participate in the Pharmacy Summer Program (PSP)

This 3-day residential summer program is for rising high school juniors and seniors interested in exploring pharmacy careers, the UW-Madison Doctor of Pharmacy program, and the UW-Madison campus. PSP activities include compounding lab activities/demonstrations, therapy lab activities/demonstrations, faculty/student panels, pharmacy tours, admissions info-session, and more. The Pharmacy Summer Program is intended for underrepresented students in the health sciences. High school students who identify as African-American/Black, Native American/American Indian, Latino/a, Laotian, Vietnamese, Hmong, and/or Cambodian are especially encouraged to apply.  Information is available at

Take Undergraduate Pharmacy Courses

The following are elective courses that are available to undergraduate students who are interested in learning more about pharmacy and health care:

  • Pharmacy Practice 305: Consumer Self-Care & Over-the-Counter Drugs
    Fall Semester, 2 cr.
    Spring Semester, 2 cr. (on-line)
  • Pharmaceutical Science 310: Drugs and Their Actions
    Spring Semester, 2 cr.

Browse our Admissions Process

See our admissions process for this current cycle.  Please note that each subsequent cycle might have slight admission alterations.

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