Direct Admit Program

Admission Information

UIW invites exceptionally qualified high school students to pursue our Direct Admit option, which leads to a Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) degree. The four-step process includes: general admission to UIW; application and acceptance to Direct Admit; satisfactory completion of undergraduate degree; acceptance into the Feik School of Pharmacy.

This program is only available for first-time undergraduate freshman admitted to the University of the Incarnate Word interested in the Doctor of Pharmacy degree (Pharm.D.). Students need to maintain specific requirements throughout two years of undergraduate study at UIW in order to guarantee an interview for admission to the four-year professional pharmacy program.  Successful candidates are exempt from taking the PCAT (Pharmacy College Admissions Test) and are eligible for a first year scholarship subject to fund availability upon matriculation into the pharmacy program.

  • Cumulative high school GPA of 3.7
  • High school math GPA of 3.5 and high school science GPA of 3.5
  • Minimum SAT math of 550, combined math/verbal SAT of 1140 or ACT math 22 minimum score
  • Successful interviews with Pharmacy faculty

The Direct Admit program is designed to provide guidance and enhanced opportunities in preparation for application and acceptance into the Feik School of Pharmacy. Upon selection as a Direct Admit student, the following expectations shall be adhered to:

  • Adherence to the UIW Student Code of Conduct
  • Professional, courteous and leadership-in-nature conduct in all interactions with UIW peers/students, staff, faculty and administrators, and community-at-large at all times
  • Participation in events/meetings as designated by Dr. Amy Diepenbrock, Assistant Dean of Student Affairs, and Mrs. Candace Gonzalez, Pre-Pharmacy Counselor and Pre-Pharmacy Association (PPA) Advisor of the Feik School of Pharmacy
  • Maintain a 3.5 Math & Science and 3.5 overall GPA over the course of each academic year of undergraduate studies
  • Complete all Feik School of Pharmacy pre-requisites in two years
  • Active participation in the Pre-Pharmacy Association (PPA), which is defined as meeting these membership, per-semester requirements:
    • Attendance/participation in two (2) PPA monthly meetings
    • Completion of ten (10) hours of community service at PPA-designated events
    • Attendance/participation in two (2) PPA planned pharmacy events
    • Active participation in PPA fundraisers
  • All Direct Admit pre-pharmacy students are required to submit their applications to the Feik School of Pharmacy by the early admissions date of September 1st of their second year of undergraduate coursework.

A successful two-year track Direct Admit pre-pharmacy student is guaranteed an interview at the Feik School of Pharmacy. It is the goal of the pre-pharmacy advising program to help you meet all requirements for successful transition into the professional program.

For further information, contact Candace Gengenbacher at or (210) 829-2703. 

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Direct Admit FAQs

No, the direct admit program is only available for first-time freshmen entering the university.

No, the FSOP Direct Admit Program is a two year program that allows first-time freshmen accepted into the program to complete pre-pharmacy requirements within two years and then begin at the Feik School of Pharmacy in the Doctor of Pharmacy degree program.

High school seniors are invited to apply to the FSOP Direct Admit program. Interviews are typically held in January, therefore students are encouraged to apply by the end of December of their senior year in high school.

  • First-time freshman
  • Minimum SAT math of 550, combined math/verbal SAT of 1140 OR
  • ACT math 22 minimum score
  • Cumulative high school GPA of 3.7
  • High school math GPA of 3.5 and high school science GPA of 3.5

When you submit your application to UIW, you will be able to indicate your interest in applying as a Direct Admit candidate. The Office of Admission will then verify your eligibility for the Program and forward your application to the Feik School of Pharmacy for consideration and an interview.

Direct Admit students must maintain:
  • An overall GPA of 3.5 or higher
  • A math and science GPA of 3.5 or higher
  • Membership in the Pre-Pharmacy Association with good standing

If you apply and are not accepted, you can still attend UIW as a pre-pharmacy track student.

Yes, to set up a meeting, contact Mrs. Candace Gonzalez, Pre-Pharmacy Advisor, 210-829-2703 or

All pre-pharmacy requirements must be completed within two years to remain in the Direct Admit program.

The Direct Admit program includes two years at the undergraduate level, and four years of Pharmacy School.

No, this is a full-time program.

For additional information about the FSOP Direct Admit Program, contact Mrs. Candace Gengenbacher, Pre-Pharmacy Advisor, 210-829-2703 or