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Question 1: Does it matter that I'm older than your average applicant?
Definitely not. We find that students of all ages make unique contributions to the class. We encourage applications from qualified applicants regardless of age.

Question 2: Do you give preference to California residents?
No. Although a significant portion of our student body is from California, this is merely a reflection of our overall applicant pool.

Question 3: Can international students apply?
Yes we do consider international students. Please keep in mind that any coursework taken out side of U.S. must be submitted to an approved evaluation service for review. All foreign transcripts must be evaluated course-by-course with letter grades, pass/fail, or credit/no credit, and must specify which courses are considered undergraduate, graduate and professional. For additional international student information, please visit the international student website.

Question 4: Is tuition the same for in-state and out-of-state residents?
Yes. We are a private institution, therefore the tuition assessed is the same for in-state, out-of-state and international students. For more information on tuition, scholarships and loan options please visit the financing my education page.

Question 5: Do you have an early decision process?
No, the College of Pharmacy currently does not have an early decision process.

Question 6: How does the committee decide which applicants are offered seats?
Applications, including all supporting application materials, will be reviewed starting September 1st for the spring semester (January) and April 1st for the fall semester (August). Completed applications which arrive before or after the deadline may be considered on a rolling basis.

Question 7: When are acceptance letters and final notification letters mailed?
Applicants are usually notified of the committee's decision within two-three weeks of review of application.

Question 8: Can I request an application packet?
Please visit the apply now page to download application documents or request hard copy application forms.

Question 1: Is a bachelor's degree required to apply?
Yes. You must have earned a Bachelor of Science degree in pharmacy, chemistry, biology or related scientific area from an accredited college or university. Exceptions will be made on a case by case basis. For a complete list of requirements, please visit the view requirements page.

Question 2: Do you require a minimum GPA to apply?
Yes. The minimum overall GPA requirement is a 2.5. For a complete list of requirements, please visit the view requirements page.

Question 3: Do you require any standardized tests?
Yes. For details, please visit the view requirements page.

Question 4: Can I talk to a counselor if I have questions?
Feel free to contact us should you have questions regarding your application.

Question 1: How do I check my application status online?
You can check your application status by visiting the application status page.

Question 2: What if I want to change information on my application after I have completed it?
You may not change answers or documents submitted with your application, but you may upload additional, supplemental materials. To do so, visit the application status page and use the "Upload Materials" section of the page to submit your supplemental materials.

Question 3: What if I want to apply to more than one program? Do I need to create a new account?
You can apply to multiple programs using a single account. Visit our online application, log in, and click "Start New Application" at the bottom of the page.

Question 4: What address should I use if I need to mail any additional application materials?
For official documents (transcripts, etc.) please mail to:
Western University of Health Sciences
Attn: EDS/program you are applying for (MSMS, MSNE, MSPS, etc.)
309 E Second Street
Pomona, CA 91766

For unofficial documents, please upload to the online application as indicated in the application instructions.

Question 5: How do I pay my application fee?
All application fees require payments made by credit card. Only cards with Visa and Master Card logos will be accepted. No checks, money orders, or cash will be accepted for payment of application fees.

Question 6: What if I do not have a Visa or Master Card?
Payment may be made with a Visa or Master Card prepaid gift card which can be purchased at many major chain stores or online. Please be aware that the gift card must contain a balance sufficient to cover the application fee in one full payment.

Question 7: Are fee waivers accepted?
Fee waivers are applied after application submission and before application payment. To qualify for an application fee waiver, you must contact Admissions for instructions and approval. Please include your legal name, email address, and program you applied for.

Question 8: Will I receive notification that my application was received?
Yes, once your application is processed we will send an email confirming it was received. Please be sure to check your "Junk Mail" folder for this email and allow emails from the domain 'westernu.edu' to avoid any delay of its delivery. For more information on adding WesternU to your email whitelist, please review these Email Whitelist Instructions. If you need additional assistance, please email EDS@westernu.edu. Please include your legal name, email address and program you applied for.

Question 1: Is there an opportunity to do research while attending WesternU?
Yes, students may participate in research with faculty in both the basic and clinical sciences and it is likely that you will be able to find a faculty member who is working on a research project that is of interest to you. We also have state-of-the-art wet labs available for bench research. However, research is usually limited to summer breaks and vacations because of the intensity of the curriculum. Faculty from all programs, are regularly published in prominent journals; students who work with them are also often recognized for their contributions to the research. Visit the research website for more information.

Question 2: Can I visit campus?
We would love for you to visit campus! Attend Preview Day where we will provide you with detailed information on the curriculum and profession as well as the admissions process. You will also have the opportunity to hear from the dean/upper administration and chat with current WesternU students as they tour you through the facilities.

Question 3: How can I learn more about the financial aid available to me?
For more information regarding tuition, scholarships, and loans please visit the financing my education and financial aid pages.