MCPHS Admissions Statistics

Learn About the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences

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Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (MCPHS) has an acceptance rate of 84 percent and moderately selective admissions. The college uses the Common Applications, and applicants must submit at least one letter of recommendation, an essay, and scores from either the SAT or ACT. 


  • 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.

MCPHS Admissions Statistics 2017-18

For students who entered the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Science in the 2017-18 academic year, the acceptance rate was 84 percent. Below you'll find SAT score and ACT score data for admitted students organized by score percentile.

SAT Score Percentiles
Section 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
ERW 520 620
Math 520 650
ERW=Evidence-Based Reading and Writing

An average SAT score is a little over 500, so you can see that MCPHS students tend to be average or better.

ACT Score Percentiles
Section 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
English - -
Math - -
Composite 22 28

The SAT is much more popular than the ACT among MCPHS applicants, and as a result the school reports ACT composite scores only, not the scores for each section. An average ACT score is 21, so as with the SAT, successful applicants tend to have average or better scores.

MCPHS GPA, SAT Score, and ACT Score Graph

GPA, SAT score, and ACT score data for admission to the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
GPA, SAT score, and ACT score data for admission to the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences.  Graph courtesy of Cappex

The GPA, SAT score, and ACT score data for the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences is self-reported by applicants to the school. Grades are unweighted. You can see the real-time graph and calculate your own chances of getting into MCPHS with a free Cappex account.

Discussion of MCPHS's Admissions Standards

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 down in the "C" range. "A" students will have plenty of company at MCPHS.

On the standardized test front, the great majority of successful applicants had combined SAT scores of 1000 or higher, and an ACT composite of 20 or better. As those scores go up, so do your chances of receiving an acceptance letter. "A" and "B" students with a combined SAT score of 1200 are almost guaranteed admission assuming other pieces of the application don't raise any red flags.

The university has holistic admissions, and that 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 your letters of recommendation, your Common Application essay, and an additional short answer essay on your reasons for wanting to enter a career in health and attend MCPHS. If these documents are strong, they can help make up for less-than-ideal test scores or grades.

Finally, realize that your academic record will be the most important part of your application. The strongest applicants to MCPHS will have taken math through calculus or pre-calculus, AP Biology and/or AP Chemistry, four years of English, and at least a couple years of social sciences. Success in challenging AP, IB, Honors, and dual enrollment classes is one of the best ways to demonstrate your college preparedness.

More MCPHS Information

The Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Science certainly does well with graduating students who go one to successful careers, but the education does come at a price. The school's typical grant aid covers just a fraction of the total cost, and students tend to graduate with a higher debt burden than average.

Enrollment (2017)

  • Total Enrollment: 7,208 (3,882 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 29 percent male / 71 percent female
  • 93 percent full-time

Costs (2017 - 18)

  • Tuition and Fees: $32,590
  • Books: $1,172 (why so much?)
  • Room and Board: $16,400
  • Other Expenses: $3,200
  • Total Cost: $53,362

Massachusetts College of Pharmacy Financial Aid (2016 - 17)

  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 99 percent
  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 99 percent
    • Loans: 73 percent
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $11,210
    • Loans: $15,562

Academic Programs

Graduation and Retention Rates

  • First Year Student Retention (full-time students): 83 percent
  • Transfer-out Rate: 9 percent
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 51 percent
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 68 percent

If You Like MCPHS, You May Also Like These Schools

Applicants to the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences often apply to other Boston area colleges that have strong programs in health-related fields. Some popular choices include Northeastern University, UMass Boston, and Boston University. Note that Northeastern and BU have more selective admissions than MCPHS, and admissions standards at UMass Boston are similar to MCPHS.

Applicants also tend to look at other specialized institutions such as Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences and University of the Sciences in Philadelphia. Note that fields such as nursing are offered at hundreds of colleges and universities across the country, so applicants have plenty of options.

Data Source: Graph courtesy of Cappex; all other data from the National Center for Education Statistics