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Choosing a pharmacy school

So you've decided you want to pursue a career in pharmacy? Good for you!

Now you need to choose a pharmacy school that's right for you.

With so many personal, academic, geographic and financial factors to consider it may seem impossible to decide!

Do you like the idea of being in a big school with large auditoriums where you are one in a crowd, or would you prefer a smaller, more intimate and interactive environment where professors know you by name?

Do you want to live in a big city or a smaller one? Do you want to live at home or on campus? And what about tuition fees? How much can you afford to pay?

The following chart provides a look at some of the options offered by the 10 pharmacy schools in Canada that may help you when making your choice.

** Please Note: Memorial University of Newfoundland does not take responsibility for the accuracy of information presented in this chart. Students are strongly encouraged to consult the links of the schools provided to obtain the most up-to-date information.

  Number of students admitted into first year pharmacy program Minimum
percentage of seats reserved for in province applicants

First year pharmacy school tuition costs

Total cost of residence per year (approx.) Total undergraduate population of university (approx.)

Memorial University of Newfoundland






Dalhousie University






Université de Montréal






Université Laval






University of Toronto***






University of Waterloo






University of Manitoba






University of Saskatchewan






University of Alberta






University of British Columbia






Why is Memorial University significantly cheaper?

Since 2003, the goverment of Newfoundland and Labrador has highly subsidized post-secondary education in the province.

Click here to read an article from about why students are "Flocking to the Memorial University" where we have "rock bottom prices on The Rock"





*The majority of, if not all seats are preferred to in-province applicants. In the event additional seats need to be filled, out of province applicants will be considered.

** Six seats are reserved for out-of province applicants as follows: three from New Brunswick, two from Ontario and one from Nova Scotia.

*** Tuition is for Entry Level Pharm D. The BSc. Pharmacy program is no longer offered.


Is it true the Pharmacy Program will be expanded to accommodate 60 students per year?

Yes, the provincial government has announced its support to expand the program. However, the School has reached its capacity so it will only expand once space comes available. Right now, there is only room for 40 new students each year. Plans are ongoing to make additional space to support an increase in the number of students.

How many seats are reserved for residents of Newfoundland and Labrador?

A minimum of 75% of the seats available for admission in any given year will be reserved for residents of Newfoundland and Labrador. For example, out of a class of 40 seats, a minimum of 30 seats are reserved for residents of this province. The remaining seats the remaining seats are open for competition amongst Newfoundlanders and students from out of province.

What is the definition of a Newfoundland and Labrador resident?

The following criteria will be used to determine resident status. Individuals will be deemed residents of Newfoundland and Labrador if they:

  • Are currently residing or have a permanent address in the province and attended school for five years during primary to high school inclusive, or
  • Are currently working full-time in the province for one year, or
  • Have been attending a post-secondary educational institution in the province for three years continuously, as of September 1 of the year in which admission is being sought, or
  • Are currently residing and have a permanent address in the province for one year because of family relocation, or
  • Are currently residing and have a permanent address in the province for one year because of obtaining Landed Immigrant status.

Applicants who are living or have lived in Newfoundland or Labrador and do not meet these criteria will be reviewed on an individual basis.

All applicants are expected to claim the same place of residency on applications to all Faculties/Schools of Pharmacy.