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Early Decision

Do you want to be considered an Early Decision applicant?

Check the box if you want to be considered an Early Decision (ED) applicant. The Early Decision application deadline is September 4th, 2012. In addition to completing the PharmCAS application, you must arrange for PharmCAS to receive all of your transcripts by the September 4th deadline. Contact your selected pharmacy program directly for information on Early Decision eligibility requirements.

The Early Decision program is a binding option for applicants who have decided that a particular pharmacy degree program is their first choice and they will enroll if accepted. As an Early Decision applicant, you can apply to only one pharmacy degree program. Not all participating pharmacy programs offer Early Decision status to applicants.

Admission Status for Early Decision Applicants

You may be offered early admission, denied early admission, or deferred to regular applicant status. If you are offered admission as an Early Decision applicant, you are obligated to accept the offer and you will not be permitted to apply to other PharmCAS institution during the current cycle. However, if you are denied admission as an Early Decision applicant, you may apply to other PharmCAS institutions for an additional fee. Refer to the PharmCAS application fee schedule to determine the cost of applying to each additional program. PharmCAS institutions will announce early decisions as soon as possible, and no later than Oct. 19, 2012.

Early Decision PharmCAS Schools for 2013 Enrollment

  • Albany College of Pharmacy - Albany, NY
  • Albany College of Pharmacy - Colchester, VT
  • Auburn University
  • Belmont University
  • California Northstate University
  • Campbell University
  • D'Youville College
  • East Tennessee State University
  • Ferris State University
  • Harding University
  • Howard University
  • Husson University
  • Lipscomb University
  • Marshall University
  • Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences - Manchester, NH
  • Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences - Worcester, MA
  • Mercer University
  • Northeast Ohio Medical University College of Pharmacy (NEOMED)
  • Oregon State University
  • Palm Beach Atlantic University
  • Presbyterian College
  • Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science
  • South Carolina College of Pharmacy
  • Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center
  • The University of Hawaii at Hilo
  • The University of Louisiana at Monroe
  • The University of Tennessee
  • Union University
  • University of Charleston
  • University of Colorado
  • University of Kentucky
  • University of Maryland
  • University of Missouri-Kansas City
  • University of South Florida
  • Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Washington State University
  • West Virginia University
  • Western New England University College of Pharmacy

School Application Deadlines

The PharmCAS school deadline indicates the date that your application, official transcripts, and references must be received by the PharmCAS office. This is NOT the deadline by which your verified application must arrive at your designated schools.

After you e-submit your application and your official transcripts are received, allow up to 4 weeks for PharmCAS to process your application. Whenever a deadline falls on a weekend or Federal holiday, the deadline is extended to 11:59pm EASTERN TIME on the next business day. PharmCAS will not process applications received after an institutional deadline. The PharmCAS web application will not allow you to apply to a school once its application deadline has passed. PharmCAS will still accept official transcripts and fees that arrive after the deadline date, however your selected pharmacy schools may not review your application file if your transcripts and/or fee are received late. PharmCAS does not issue refunds for missed deadlines.


Apply Early!

Participating PharmCAS programs encourage applicants to submit applications at least two weeks before their institutional deadline to avoid Web congestion due to heavy applicant and internet traffic. Submitting your materials early will insure timely processing, help avoid delays, and may improve your chances for admission to those pharmacy institutions that use a rolling admissions process. PharmCAS is not responsible for any materials lost in the mail or for delays caused by the registrar's office. Express or certified mail does not guarantee expedient processing, nor does sending transcripts express or certified guarantee receipt by PharmCAS.

November 1, 2012

  • Loma Linda University
  • Oregon State University
  • Pacific University Oregon
  • The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • University of California - San Diego
  • University of California - San Francisco
  • University of Mississippi
  • University of Southern California
  • University of the Pacific
  • University of Wisconsin
  • Wayne State University
  • West Virginia University
  • Western University of Health Sciences
  • Cedarville University
  • University of Texas

December 3, 2012

  • Drake University
  • Ferris State University
  • Howard University
  • Purdue University
  • Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
  • University of Cincinnati
  • University of Colorado
  • University of Iowa
  • University of Michigan
  • University of Oklahoma
  • University of Pittsburgh
  • University of South Florida
  • University of the Incarnate Word
  • University of Utah College of Pharmacy
  • University of Wyoming
  • Washington State University
  • University of Puerto Rico
  • Roseman University of Health Sciences
  • Texas A&M Health Science Center

January 7, 2013

  • Butler University
  • Long Island University
  • Midwestern University - Chicago Campus
  • Midwestern University - Glendale Campus
  • Nova Southeastern University
  • The Ohio State University
  • The University of New Mexico
  • University of Connecticut
  • University of Illinois - Chicago
  • University of Maryland
  • University of Nebraska Medical Center
  • University of Washington
  • University of Houston
  • South Carolina College of Pharmacy
  • Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center
  • University of Georgia

February 1, 2013

  • Chicago State University
  • Marshall University
  • Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences - Boston, MA
  • Northeast Ohio Medical University College of Pharmacy (NEOMED)
  • Notre Dame of Maryland University
  • Palm Beach Atlantic University
  • Presbyterian College
  • Samford University
  • South University (GA)
  • St. Louis College of Pharmacy
  • Temple University of the Commonwealth System of Higher Education
  • The University of Hawaii at Hilo
  • The University of Louisiana at Monroe
  • Touro University (CA)
  • University at Buffalo - SUNY
  • University of Maryland Eastern Shore
  • University of Minnesota
  • Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Western New England University
  • University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
  • University of Missouri-Kansas City
  • South University (SC)

March 1, 2013

  • Albany College of Pharmacy - Albany, NY
  • Albany College of Pharmacy - Colchester, VT
  • Appalachian College of Pharmacy
  • Auburn University
  • Belmont University
  • California Northstate University
  • Campbell University
  • Concordia University Wisconsin
  • Creighton University
  • D'Youville College
  • East Tennessee State University
  • Fairleigh Dickinson University
  • Harding University
  • Husson University
  • Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine - Erie Campus
  • Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine - Bradenton Campus
  • Lipscomb University
  • Manchester University
  • Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences - Manchester, NH
  • Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences - Worcester, MA
  • Mercer University
  • Midway College
  • Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Regis University School of Pharmacy
  • Roosevelt University
  • Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science
  • Shenandoah University
  • South College (TN)
  • St. John Fisher College
  • The University of Findlay
  • The University of Tennessee
  • Thomas Jefferson University
  • Touro College (NY)
  • Union University
  • University of Charleston
  • University of Florida
  • University of Kentucky
  • University of New England
  • University of the Sciences in Philadelphia
  • University of North Texas Health Science Center
  • University of Saint Joseph
  • West Coast University
  • Wingate University

Deadline Extensions

PharmCAS does not accept deadline extension requests from applicants. Please contact your designated pharmacy school directly to request a deadline extension. The pharmacy school will notify PharmCAS directly if it agrees to grant you a deadline extension. You have 48 hours to complete and submit your PharmCAS application once the deadline extension is granted. If you fail to e-submit your application in that time, you must contact the pharmacy school directly to request a second 48-hour deadline extension. Pharmacy schools are not obligated to grant deadline extensions or give consideration to applicants who submit application materials after the institutional deadline.

Withdrawing Your Application

If you wish to withdraw your application from consideration from one or more schools of pharmacy, you must contact the institution directly. PharmCAS will not provide a refund for a withdrawn application to a particular school of pharmacy.

Substituting or Deleting Pharmacy School Choices

PharmCAS will not accept requests to substitute or delete school choices or refund application fees. If after delivering your PharmCAS application, you wish to rescind your application to a particular pharmacy degree program, contact the school directly to remove your application from consideration.

Adding a Pharmacy School after E-Submission

You may apply to additional pharmacy programs after submission of your PharmCAS application. To apply to additional programs after you e-submit, log onto your PharmCAS application and designate additional schools. DO NOT create a new PharmCAS application to add new designations. PharmCAS must receive the appropriate fee for each additional pharmacy program you select. You cannot apply to a particular school after the school deadline date has passed.

Designating Pharmacy Schools with No ACPE Status To Date

The Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) is the national agency for the accreditation of professional degree programs in pharmacy and providers of continuing pharmacy education. Accreditation is the public recognition accorded a professional program that is judged to meet established qualifications and educational standards through initial and subsequent periodic evaluations. The essential purpose of the accreditation process is to provide a professional judgment of the quality of a college or school of pharmacy's professional program(s) and to encourage continued improvement thereof. Recognizing that the institution you have applied to has no ACPE status to date, and keeping your admissions interests in mind, you are required to apply to at least one other institution that has ACPE status.