Do prerequisite courses expire?
No, we do not require that your prerequisites be completed within a recent time-frame. However, it does strengthen your application if there is some recent coursework.
My bachelor’s degree will not be completed until after the admissions cycle closes. However, I have completed all other prerequisites. Can I still apply?
No. In order to meet all prerequisites, your degree must be awarded and appear on an official transcript at the time of application submission.
Do I need to take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE)?
The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is not required, but applicants can elect to submit their scores at the time of testing using the designated institution (DI) code 7363. If you have previously taken the GRE and would like to submit your scores, University of the Pacific’s GRE code is 4065. Scores are valid for 5 years per ETS website.
How do you calculate my GPA?
We use CASPA calculated GPAs, specifically the Overall Total GPA and Overall Science GPA. We will not recalculate GPAs for admissions purposes. It is therefore very important that all grades have posted and appear on your transcript prior to submitting your application. Learn more about how CASPA calculates GPAs.
Are pass/fail courses acceptable for prerequisite courses?
Pass/fail courses are acceptable to meet prerequisite courses if taken at an accredited US institution. Please note, pass/fail courses do not affect your GPA per CASPA’s GPA calculation policy. Learn more about how CASPA calculates GPAs.
Is there a minimum grade for prerequisite courses?
The minimum allowable grade for prerequisite courses is a C-. Prerequisite courses may also be met with pass/fail courses.
Can AP/CLEP courses be used to meet prerequisites?
AP/CLEP courses can be used to meet non-science prerequisites. AP/CLEP credit must show on a college transcript for credit. Simply taking an AP/CLEP course or exam is not sufficient. Note: AP/CLEP credits cannot be used to meet science prerequisites.
If AP credits are lumped together on your transcript without course credit equivalencies (i.e. AP credits – 12.0), please request a letter of explanation for AP credits from your university’s Registrar. Once obtained, please upload the letter to CASPA to accompany your application materials. The letter must be on university letterhead or bear the seal of the institution.
I have vertebrate (or another type of) anatomy. Will that satisfy the Human Anatomy requirement?
No, we require Human Anatomy to satisfy the Human Anatomy prerequisite requirement.
I have one composition class and one literature class. Do I need to take another composition class to satisfy the English requirement?
No. As long as you have successfully completed at least one composition course, we will accept a literature, writing-intensive, or composition course to complete the requirement. AP/CLEP credit (if recorded on a transcript) may also be used to fulfill the English requirement.
I am an international medical graduate. Which services do you accept for academic evaluation?
We will only accept the World Education Services (WES) evaluation of foreign training. CASPA will also accept the WES evaluation of transcripts so this is the required service for our program. For more information visit www.wes.org.
Is the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) required? If so, what is the cut-off score?
Please consult the TOEFL flowchart. The TOEFL cut off score is 100. TOEFL scores are valid for two years after the test date per ETS website. IELTS scores can be substituted for the TOEFL exam with a cut-off score of 7.0.
CASPA allows up to 5 letters of recommendation, but your program only requires 2. If I submit 5, will they all be considered, or will you pick only 2 to read?
Our admissions committee considers the letters of recommendation as a whole, so if you have more than 2, they will all be considered. It is neither an advantage nor a disadvantage to your application if you have more than the 2 required letters.