MCPHS: Acceptance Rate and Admissions Statistics

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Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (MCPHS) is a private university with an acceptance rate of 84%. The college uses the Common Application, and applicants must submit at least one letter of recommendation, an essay, and scores from either the SAT or ACT. 

Considering applying to MCPHS? Here are the admissions statistics you should know, including average SAT/ACT scores of admitted students.

Why MCPHS?

  • Location: Boston, Massachusetts
  • Campus Features: Located in the city's Longwood Medical and Academic Area, students have easy access to several major medical research and clinical institutions. MCPHS has additional campuses in Worcester, MA and Manchester, New Hampshire.
  • Student/Faculty Ratio: 15:1
  • Athletics: No varsity sports
  • Highlights: MCPHS is near dozens of Boston area colleges, and the school wins high marks for the earning power of its graduates. Students can choose from over 100 programs across the school's three campuses.

Acceptance Rate

During the 2016-17 admissions cycle, Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences had an acceptance rate of 84%. This means that for every 100 students who applied, 84 were admitted, making MCPHS's admissions process moderately selective.

Admissions Statistics (2016-17)
Number of Applicants 5,526
Percent Admitted 84%
Percent Admitted Who Enrolled (Yield) 17%

SAT Scores and Requirements

Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences requires that all applicants submit either SAT or ACT scores. During the 2016-17 admissions cycle, 76% of admitted students submitted SAT scores.

SAT Range (Admitted Students)
Section 25th percentile 75th percentile
ERW 520 620
Math 520 650
ERW=Evidence-Based Reading and Writing

This admissions data tells us that most of MCPHS's admitted students fall within the top 35% nationally on the SAT. For the evidence-based reading and writing section, 50% of students admitted to MCPHS scored between 520 and 620, while 25% scored below 520 and 25% scored above 620. On the math section, 50% of admitted students scored between 520 and 650, while 25% scored below 520 and 25% scored above 650. Applicants with a composite SAT score of 1270 or higher will have particularly competitive chances at Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences.

Requirements

MCPHS does not require the SAT writing section. Note that MCPHS considers the highest SAT score from a single test date. Subject tests are not required for admission to Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences.

ACT Scores and Requirements

MCPHS requires that all applicants submit either SAT or ACT scores. During the 2016-17 admissions cycle, 23% of admitted students submitted ACT scores.

ACT Range (Admitted Students)
Section 25th percentile 75th percentile
Composite 22 28

This admissions data tells us that most of MCPHS's admitted students fall within the top 37% nationally on the ACT. The middle 50% of students admitted to MCPHS received a composite ACT score between 22 and 28, while 25% scored above 28 and 25% scored below 22.

Requirements

MCPHS does not require the ACT writing section. Note that MCPHS does not superscore ACT results; your highest combined score from a single test administration will be considered.

GPA

Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences does not provide data about admitted students' high school GPAs.

Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph

Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences Applicants Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph
Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences Applicants Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph.  Data courtesy of Cappex.

The admissions data in the graph is self-reported by applicants to the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. GPAs are unweighted. Find out how you compare to accepted students, see the real-time graph, and calculate your chances of getting in with a free Cappex account.

Admissions Chances

Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, which accepts over three-quarters of applicants, has a slightly selective admissions process. If your SAT/ACT scores and GPA fall within the school's average ranges, you have a strong chance of being accepted. The most qualified applicants to MCPHS will have taken 4 years of math including calculus or pre-calculus, AP Biology and/or AP Chemistry, four years of English, and at least one history course. Success in challenging coursework, including AP, IB, Honors, and dual enrollment classes is one of the best ways to demonstrate college preparedness.

In the graph, the blue and green data points represent accepted students. The graph presents very little rejection and waitlist data (the red and yellow dots, respectively), but we can see the typical range of grades, SAT scores, and ACT scores for admitted students. Most admitted students had grades that were in the "B" range or higher, and almost no students were accepted with grades in the "C" range.

The university has holistic admissions, which explains why some students with grades and scores below the norm were admitted, and why a few students who seemed to be on target for admission did not get in. The admissions folks will take into consideration letters of recommendation, Common Application essay, and an additional required supplemental essay explaining your reasons for wanting to attend MCPHS to study for a future career in health.