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» Pharmacy Freshman Early Assurance Program

  • 2+3 Pharm.D. – The Pre-Pharmacy Freshman Early Assurance Program (FEAP) is a 2+3 Pharm.D. Degree Program for academically exceptional graduating high school students interested in the profession of pharmacy.
  • Orange Campus: undergraduate studies - Students who are accepted into this program would complete the Chapman University School of Pharmacy (CUSP) course pre-requisites in 2 years at Chapman University in Orange, CA, and receive a conditional acceptance into the CUSP PharmD program.
  • Irvine Campus: Pharm.D. program - After completion of the pre-requisites and fulfillment of the Special Admission Requirements, students would matriculate into the 3-year Doctor of Pharmacy Program at the Rinker Health Science Campus in Irvine. 
  • 5 years to Pharm.D. - Graduating students will receive their PharmD in five years. 

+ - Admission Requirements

This is a competitive program and we expect the freshman admitted group will have the following characteristics:

  • Exceptional high school mathematics and science credentials, such as significant AP credits
  • Strong record of extracurricular activities
  • Demonstrated ability and readiness to meet the discipline of a rigorous pre-pharmacy and pharmacy professional curriculum
  • Composite SAT scores anticipated to be greater than 1250 (ACT 29)
  • GPA equal to 3.5 or more
  • Excel in the first of two required interviews by multiple CUSP faculty to explore professional potential

+ - Courses During First Two Years

**General Biology with lab 4 BIOL 204/204L-GenBio 1
Human Anatomy with lab 4 HESC 210/210L-Human Anatomy
**Physiology with lab 4 HESC 366/366L-Principles of Physiology
Microbiology with lab 4 BIOL 417/417L-Microbiology
**Chemistry (General with labs) 8 CHEM 140/140L-GenChem 1, CHEM150/150L-GenChem 2
Chemistry (PharmOrganic with labs) 8 CHEM 230/230L-OrgChem 1, CHEM 331/331L-OrgChem 2
Physics with lab 4 PHYS 101/101L-General Physics 1 or PHYS 107/107L
Genetics 3 BIOL 208-Human Genetics
***Calculus 3 MATH 110/110L-Calculus
**Statistics 3 MATH 203-Intro Statistics
Psychology or Sociology 3 PSY 101-Intro to Psychology or SOC 101-Intro to Sociology
Economics (Micro or Macro) 3 ECON 200-MicroEcon, ECON 201-MacroEcon
Communications/Speech 3 COM 101 or COM 110 or COM 211
**English Composition 3 ENG 208-Written Inquiry, or other non-creative writing course
Electives 6 History, Political Science, Sociology, or Psychology preferred

** May be waived with a 4.0 on the AP or IB exam.

***May be waived with a score of “4 or higher” on Calculus AB, or with a score of “3 or higher” on calculus BC.

Contact Dr. Lawrence Brown, Associate Dean of Student & Academic Affairs with any questions about prerequisites

+ - How to Apply

To apply to the Chapman School of Pharmacy Freshman Early Assurance Program:
  • Complete the Common Application at
  • Choose Chapman University as your college and complete the Chapman University Questions. Priority will be given to students applying by the Nov. 1 Early Action deadline. Applicants applying after that date will be reviewed holistically on a space-available basis.
  • Choose Pharmacy as your major and complete the additional essay on why you feel you would make a good pharmacist.
  • Submit two additional letters of recommendations from 1) a math or science teacher, and 2) a health professional who is knowledgeable of your character (preferred) or an additional teacher who is knowledgeable of your character.

+ - Perks of the Program

  • A conditional guarantee of admission to the Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) program as an entering undergraduate
  • Mentoring by renowned faculty
  • Seminars and social events
  • Exposure to several types of pharmacy environments and pharmacists
  • An outstanding traditional college experience at Chapman’s undergraduate school in Orange for two years
  • Earning a Doctor of Pharmacy Degree in just five years

+ - Is the 2+3 program right for you?

  • Are you passionate about a career in Pharmacy where you can help patients improve their health through the proper use of medications?  Are you interested in a career in the pharmaceutical or medical device industry?
  • Do you take challenging classes (honors, AP, IB College-level classes)?
  • Do you do well academically?
  • Do you perform exceptionally well on standardized tests (SAT, ACT)?
  • Do you have strong leadership skills and/or other special talents?
  • Do you have a strong history of community service/extracurricular activities?

+ - Under the Conditional Guarantee, what are the requirements for matriculation to the professional Pharm.D. program?

To matriculate to the professional Pharm.D. program, an accepted FEAP student must:

+ - Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Is the School of Pharmacy on the Chapman University Campus in Orange, CA?

No. Chapman University School of Pharmacy is located on the Harry and Diane Rinker Health Science Campus in Irvine, CA. The campus is 15 miles south of the Chapman Main campus in Orange and currently consists of 3 buildings at 9401, 9501 and 9701 Jeronimo Road.  The School of Pharmacy is conveniently located 1.5 miles east of the I-5 Freeway, off of Alton Parkway, and within 2 miles of the Irvine Spectrum.

Am I required to live on the Orange campus for the first two years?

No.  Many Freshman Early Assurance Program students commute.  If you choose to live in the dorms, you will be guaranteed dorm housing your freshman year.

What are the criteria for admission?

The Freshman Early Assurance Program admission criteria include academic strength, motivation to pursue pharmacy, maturity, communication skills, and community involvement.

What is the School's likely SAT minimum and GPA requirements for admission and continuing work?

Most qualified applicants will have SAT scores greater than 1250 (ACT 29) and a weighted High School GPA of at least 3.8. Students will be required to maintain a 3.0 average to continue in the program with no grade below a C in any required course.

Is the Freshman Early Assurance Program the only option for admission into the Chapman University School of Pharmacy?

Chapman University School of Pharmacy has three different pathways to gain admission.

  1. Students can apply as a “Freshman Early Assurance” admission directly to the Doctor of Pharmacy Program via the Common Application with a guaranteed seat provided they maintain academic standards and complete their pharmacy school pre-requisite courses in two years at Chapman University. These students would then continue into the pharmacy program following a second interview in their third semester as long as they fulfill the pre-requisite requirements and Special Admission Requirements for admission before starting the pharmacy program the next fall. Freshman Early Assurance students in our Pre-Pharmacy program will not receive a Bachelor of Science (BS) degree and will receive the terminal Doctor of Pharmacy degree in 5 years if they continue to meet the academic and professional standards of the program.
  2. Students who are already attending Chapman could complete their pre-requisite courses at Chapman in any number of years and then apply to the School of Pharmacy through PharmCAS. 
  3. Students who have completed their pre-requisites, with or without obtaining a BS Degree, at an institution other than Chapman can apply using the PharmCAS system. For more detailed information, see the Chapman University School of Pharmacy Admission page.

What classes should I take in high school to be competitive?

Competitive applicants take Honors, AP, or IB classes when available.  Math level should be at least up to Pre-Calculus.

How many students are accepted each year?

The Freshman Early Assurance Program continues to grow each year.  We expect between 35-40 students in future cohorts. 

Is preference given to California residents?

No. The School uses the same criteria to evaluate out-of-state applicants as California residents.

Do California residents pay less tuition than out-of-state students?

No.  Chapman University is a private university; therefore, tuition and fees are the same for all students regardless of state or country of residence.

Do you have a rolling admission?

No. It is advisable to submit your application as early as possible.  Early Decision applicants are given priority and may fill our cohort.   

I already have a bachelor's degree or some of the prerequisites completed.  Can I still apply to the Freshman Early Assurance Program?

No.  The Freshman Early Assurance Program is for true freshmen.  We encourage you to complete your prerequisites at Chapman and apply to the School of Pharmacy through standard admission.

Do I need an interview?

Yes.  To be accepted into the Freshman Early Assurance Program, you must be interviewed in person.  However, due to the large number of students who apply, not all applicants will be invited to be interviewed.

How do I know if I am selected for a Freshman Early Assurance Program interview?

If you are selected for an interview, you will receive an E-mail invitation two to three weeks prior to the interview date.

What should I expect during the interview?

The interview consists of three parts: the oral interview, a small group case study presentation, and a larger group session. The purpose of the interview is to assess your oral communication skills, leadership attributes, and your motivation or potential to be a pharmacist.

What if I have a conflict with both of the interview dates? 

If you are invited to interview and can’t attend either date, your Freshman Early Assurance Program application will be canceled. However, your application will go back to Admissions for review for your second choice major at Chapman. Qualified Early Action applicants usually interview the first Saturday in December.  Qualified Regular Decision applicants usually interview the second Saturday in February – subject to change. 

How should I dress for the interview?

Professional attire is recommended.

When will I be notified of my admission status?

All applicants will be notified by mail or email approximately four weeks after the interview date by the Office of Admissions.  Chapman University does not release status information over the telephone.  If you are not offered admission into the Freshman Early Assurance Program, your application will automatically be considered for your second choice major at Chapman.

If I am accepted into the Freshman Early Assurance Program, do I have to take the PCAT exam and apply to the School of Pharmacy through PharmCAS?

Yes.  For accreditation purposes, all students entering Chapman University School of Pharmacy must take the PCAT and apply through PharmCAS.  Freshman Early Assurance Program students may take the PCAT the summer before entering the School of Pharmacy. 

Will my undergraduate Chapman University merit scholarship/award continue during my years in the professional program at the School of Pharmacy?

No.  Undergraduate awards do not carry over to professional programs, including Chapman University School of Pharmacy.  Students who perform well academically in their pre-requisite classes will be awarded a tuition scholarship.  There are also several fellowships available that students can apply for based on financial need.

What if I change my mind about pharmacy during the first two undergraduate years?

If a Freshman Early Assurance Program (FEAP) student wishes to change majors during the first 2 years of the program, we will help facilitate the change.  Chapman reserves the right to deny a change of major based on poor academic performance or violations of any Chapman University policies.

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