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» Pre-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 to 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. 

How Can I Learn More about the FEAP program?

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+ - 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

Our Freshman Early Assurance Program accepts applications from:

  • U.S. citizens
  • Individuals with U.S. Permanent Resident status

+ - Courses During First Two Years

Course Units Chapman Courses
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 317/317L-Microbiology
Chemistry (General with labs) 8 CHEM 140/140L-GenChem 1, CHEM150/150L-GenChem 2
Chemistry (Organic with labs) 8 CHEM 230/230L-OrgChem 1, CHEM 331/331L-OrgChem 2
Physics with lab 4 PHYS 107/107L-General Physics 1
Genetics 4 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 102 or COM 110
English Composition 3 ENG 103-Written Inquiry, or other non-creative writing course
Electives 6 History, Political Science, Sociology, or Psychology preferred
Total 64

Chapman University School of Pharmacy only recognizes the following AP test scores in lieu of the equivalent prerequisite class:

AP Test

Minimum Score

Chapman Prerequisite

Calculus BC


MATH 110

Calculus AB


MATH 110



MATH 203



BIOL 204



PSY 101

Please contact us for questions regarding IB equivalencies.

Contact Dr. Laura Cook, Director, Pre-Pharmacy Freshman Early Assurance Program 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 one letter of recommendation from a math or science teacher (this is in addition to a recommendation letter required for applying to Chapman University in general).

+ - 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
  • Undergraduate research
  • Job placement assistance

+ - 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 (CUSP) 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.

Who is eligible to apply to the CUSP Pharm.D. program?

CUSP accepts applications from U.S. citizens and individuals with U.S. Permanent Resident status.

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 two different pathways to gain admission.

  1. High school students can apply as a “Freshman Early Assurance Program” 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 have completed their pre-requisites, with or without obtaining a BS Degree, at any accredited institution including 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 and Early Action 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?

No. Students no longer need to interview to get into FEAP, however an interview is required for entry into the Pharm.D. program.

When will I be notified of my admission status?

Early Action and Early Decision applicants will be notified of admission decisions by January 1st. Regular decision applicants will be notified by March 15th. 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 at the School of Pharmacy. 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.