Pre-Pharm Application Process
The majority of U.S. pharmacy schools require students to apply through the Pharmacy College Application Services: PharmCAS. This entails completing one standardized application, which is then processed and sent to the individual pharmacy schools you have designated.
PharmCAS application opens on or around June 1
PharmCAS applications closes on or around April 1
Plan on completing the PharmCAS application during the summer of the year preceding admission. Each school has a specific application deadline. Consult each pharmacy school’s website for the most accurate deadline dates. Since many pharmacy schools have a rolling admission process, it is to your best interest to submit your application early. Don’t procrastinate!
Supplemental Application Process
After submitting your PharmCAS application, be sure to check with the schools to which you are applying to find out the required supplemental materials and fees. Most schools have supplementary materials, these may include: letters of recommendation from faculty & supervisors, additional essays, employment information, etc. You should have all of this information completed and returned as early as possible after a school requests the information. A few pharmacy schools have individual applications that must be obtained directly from the schools. Those schools are indicated on the PharmCAS form; you need only call the schools to obtain their application form.
An official transcript is required to be submitted from each college/university you have attended. The PharmCAS Transcript Request Form needs to be given to ALL colleges attended (including post secondary option courses, summer school classes, and even courses from which you withdrew). This form will help PharmCAS properly match your official transcripts to your PharmCAS application.
Letters of Reference
To request letters you need to complete the: Gustavus Letter of Recommendation Online System
You may enter up to four evaluator names on your PharmCAS application. Evaluators can submit electronic letters of reference (eLORs) or paper references to PharmCAS. Review the PharmCAS School Reference Tableto learn the number and types of evaluators required and not accepted by each institution.
If all goes well, you’ll have an opportunity to interview at some of your selected pharmacy schools from October through March of your senior year. Plan on financing trips to these schools, as you are responsible for all costs of transportation and lodging. Because the interviews occur during the academic year, it will necessitate making arrangements with your professors regarding absence from class.
U of M shortcourse: Interviewing for a Health Profession
Get interview feedback from students interviewing at the various Pharmacy Schools @ the Student Doctor Network
InterviewStream is a great place to practice.
Notification of Acceptance:
December to May is the typically timeline for notification.
*Special Note: for those who decide to apply following their senior year of college, their timeline will just be shifted accordingly. There is NO disadvantage to applying later than your junior or senior year…and many of our current students in pharmacy school have done just that. Sometimes it is advantageous to acquire more experience, and giving yourself an extra year (s) can often allow this to happen.
Updated 4/2/2014 HAB