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University Of Alberta 2019 Pharmacy Applicants - Class Of 2023

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Does anyone know if anyone has gotten in with advanced degrees (MSc/PhD) etc... and how they view/evaluate graduate degree work? I'm fairly positive it doesn't factor into GPA at all (due to full course loads etc), but if anyone has any info that would be great! 

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Hi. I've applied to UofA PharmD as well. It sounds like they will conduct an online interview. Is it video based like a Skype call? I was wondering if anyone has more I formation on this. Thank you 

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14 hours ago, Mspharm said:

Hi. I've applied to UofA PharmD as well. It sounds like they will conduct an online interview. Is it video based like a Skype call? I was wondering if anyone has more I formation on this. Thank you 

It is online but not like Skype. More like just videoing yourself answering questions that are timed. Nobody on the other side. It's a bit odd. 

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Anybody know of the kind of questions they will be asking? 

Should I expect very much like "what is your biggest weakness?"  Or more like"what is your opinion on (insert obscure pharmaceutical topic)"

Just got an interview invite as well!

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8 minutes ago, Daria.Strel said:

Anybody know of the kind of questions they will be asking? 

Should I expect very much like "what is your biggest weakness?"  Or more like"what is your opinion on (insert obscure pharmaceutical topic)"

Just got an interview invite as well!

HI, I'm not sure what the questions will be like but in the email they mentioned that there are practice questions available 

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15 minutes ago, Mspharm said:

HI, I'm not sure what the questions will be like but in the email they mentioned that there are practice questions available 

I saw that! It just also states that the practice questions won't be like the real test questions so was wondering if there should be things I should consider :)

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17 hours ago, LethyPharm said:

did they say there were 4 questions this year??

last year there were 2 verbal questions and 1 written.... does anyone know if this will be the same?

In the invite email it says there are four questions so if I had to guess, they made do 3 verbal and 1 written? Completely guessing though, I'm not sure if they have to ask a written question or if they can do all verbal etc.

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On 3/28/2019 at 8:54 AM, LethyPharm said:

Well they didn't tell me anything until mid august or something, so I guess I was a late rejection. When I got the rejection they told me I was on a waitlist but it didn't sound like there was much of a chance to get in and they didn't tell me which position I was in. Yeah last 2 years (when applied last year) was 3.75GPA but I think the reason I didn't get in was due to having a lower course load. They want you to have full 30 credits for at least one year. So this year I've done that with a 4.0GPA and my last 2 years should be about 3.94 so am hoping this year I can get in! And also I am an in province applicant. 

Hey @LethyPharm, lol, you didn't mention that you had a 3.1 GPA year for your first year (I saw your other comment on the UBC thread), so that in combination with your lower course load resulted in your rejection last year?

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1 hour ago, InterinPharm said:

Hey @LethyPharm, lol, you didn't mention that you had a 3.1 GPA year for your first year (I saw your other comment on the UBC thread), so that in combination with your lower course load resulted in your rejection last year?

to me it sounded like mainly the course load was the issue since they only emphasized last 2 years courses GPA in the rejection letter. 

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On 3/25/2019 at 11:12 PM, TiramisuGirl said:

@InterinPharm Not sure about average GPA, but we were told that the minimum incoming GPA was 3.3-3.4 at orientation. Not sure if this was cGPA, pGPA, or most recent 2 years. 

@zoonoticpathogen LethyPharm is right, it seems that all applicants receive an interview and pre-requisites, LOI, and GPA are checked later. I also feel that this makes it harder for applicants to know what their chances are, but it definitely makes sense from the faculty's point of view! 

 

Hello @TiramisuGirl, do you think that the "3.3-3.4" minimum incoming GPA is real, meaning have you even heard of anyone actually having that low of a GPA and getting in? But then again, I guess there was no reason to lie to you guys...

The reason I am asking is because all successful applicants (based on previous years' threads and from what I've heard) have had a GPA of 3.5+

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@franky @Pharm98 @pharmlife  @nicolelk @Lynn123 @John17 @PharmCat @RX0 @Riley103 @datboy1999 @Pharmuofa98 @Boboeat

Just wanted to ask to the successful applicants from last year, do you actually know of anyone who had a 3.3-3.4 GPA that got in? That GPA seems too low to be competitive yet apparently people were told that at orientation. 

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On 4/14/2019 at 7:47 PM, LethyPharm said:

to me it sounded like mainly the course load was the issue since they only emphasized last 2 years courses GPA in the rejection letter. 

Oh so, your 3.1 prereq GPA was acceptable?

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