Applicant Responsibilities

You are responsible for properly completing your application, sending your supporting documentation and fees to PharmCAS on time, AND regularly checking the status of your file online by logging onto your PharmCAS web application. PharmCAS applicants to colleges and schools of pharmacy agree to abide by certain rules and requirements. All applicants should read the PharmCAS Applicant Code of Conduct.

PharmCAS applicants will:

  • Be responsible for learning the application procedures and admission prerequisites of each designated pharmacy program.
  • Arrange for official transcripts from all U.S. institutions attended to arrive at the PharmCAS office by the school’s application deadline.
  • Use the PharmCAS Transcript Request Form to arrange for all official U.S. and English Canadian transcripts to be sent to PharmCAS. (Electronic transcripts are also accepted from selected institutions.)
  • Provide all required information on the PharmCAS application accurately and in a timely manner.
  • Abide by the PharmCAS program’s application deadline.
  • Request a course-by-course foreign transcript evaluation from WES for any non-U.S./non-English Canadian coursework completed.
  • Compose an original personal essay without assistance from others.
  • Respond immediately to ALL notices and questions received from PharmCAS and each program to which they apply (Applicants are responsible for checking their personal email and PharmCAS accounts for these important notices and questions!).
  • Download and/or print a copy of the completed PharmCAS application before e-submitting the form to PharmCAS.
  • Agree to submit the correct PharmCAS application fee and any additional program supplemental fees that may be required on time.
  • Arrange for up to four (4) evaluations (“recommendations” or “letters of reference”) to be sent to PharmCAS.
  • Provide ALL required information on the supplemental application, if required by the program you are applying to, accurately and in a timely manner.
  • Notify programs of any criminal violation or institutional action (i.e. academic sanction, etc.) that occurs after submission of the PharmCAS application.
  • Check application status online by logging onto the PharmCAS web application.
  • Contact programs directly regarding questions about admission decisions, institution-specific admissions criteria, and other program-specific information.
  • Log off the application after each session to protect against unauthorized access.
  • Promptly notify PharmCAS of any change in contact information before June 1.
  • Promptly notify all designated Pharm.D. programs of any change in contact information after June 1.

Cooperative Admissions Guidelines for Applicants

Some pharmacy schools voluntarily participate in the AACP Cooperative Admissions Guidelines (CAG), also known as admissions traffic rules. The guidelines for applicants are below. Download a list of colleges and schools participating in the CAG during the current application cycle. Applicants who are accepted to a Pharm.D. program and decide not to enroll for any reason are instructed to immediately notify the school of their decision, regardless of the school’s CAG participation status.

As per the guidelines, applicants should respond promptly to a school or college’s invitation for interview. If an applicant cannot appear for a previously scheduled interview, applicants should notify them immediately that they need to cancel via the school or college’s preferred method. Click here to view frequently asked questions about the CAG.

Prior to March 1:

  • In fairness to other applicants and pharmacy programs, if you have decided before March 1 not to attend a pharmacy school or college that has offered you admission, promptly withdraw your application from that (those) program(s) using the school or college’s preferred method.
  • You may choose to hold multiple acceptances until March 1.
  • When a school or college extends an offer of admission prior to March 1, a maximum $200 holding deposit may be required.
  • Schools and colleges may not require a second deposit prior to March 1. After March 1 they will set the dollar value for the second deposit, if applicable.

After March 1:

  • After March 1, you may hold only a single acceptance.
  • If you have accepted an admissions offer from more than one school, you must choose the school at which you will enroll by March 1.
  • By March 1, promptly withdraw your application from all other schools that offered you an acceptance using the school or college’s preferred method.
  • Additional admission offers may continue as needed after March 1.
  • If you receive and choose to accept an offer after March 1, you must rescind your acceptance at the school where you had previously accepted an offer prior to accepting the offer at the new school.
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