Before You E-Submit
The PharmCAS application cycle begins on June 6th, 2012 for Fall 2013 enrollment. You may start your PharmCAS application as soon as it is available. The Early Decision deadline is September 4th. The first regular institutional deadline date is November 1st, 2012 and the last regular application deadline is March 1st, 2013. The PharmCAS application cycle for the 2013 Entering Class will officially close on April 1st, 2013, unless otherwise announced. PharmCAS will begin to forward complete applications to pharmacy schools in August 2012. Participating colleges and schools will report admission decisions to applicants and PharmCAS throughout the application cycle.
What Happens Next?
Review the PharmCAS Checklist to ensure you have fulfilled all requirements. PharmCAS will consider your application complete and begin to process it once the following materials are received:
- Complete PharmCAS application
- Sealed official transcripts mailed directly from every accredited U.S. postsecondary institution attended *, AND
- The correct PharmCAS application fee
It is the applicant's responsibility to review your GPAs and contact PharmCAS if there are any errors.
Also send letters of reference, foreign transcript evaluation reports, and test scores (PCAT, TOEFL, and TSE) scores to PharmCAS by the application deadline, if required by your designated pharmacy schools.
Your designated pharmacy schools may also require you to send additional fees and/or application materials directly to the institution, such as such as supplemental applications, references, and official transcripts. Failure to submit all required materials as instructed may jeopardize your eligibility for admission consideration.
PharmCAS will process your application once you submit your completed application, required fee, and all official transcript(s) to the Service. PharmCAS processing may take up to four weeks once all required materials are received.
Once your application is complete, PharmCAS will verify the accuracy of your application materials, compare your original transcripts to the self-reported course information on your application, calculate your PharmCAS GPAs, and submit your application to each of your designated pharmacy institutions.
PharmCAS will begin to forward complete applications to pharmacy schools by August 2012. (PharmCAS will not determine if an applicant has met the minimum course requirements or is eligible for admission to a particular school.) Your designated pharmacy schools may contact you about your application within a few weeks after receiving your application or only after the school deadline has passed, depending on school policy.
Participating colleges and schools will report admission decisions to applicants and PharmCAS throughout the application cycle.
CHECKING YOUR APPLICATION FILE STATUS
Check your application status on-line! To view the real-time progress of your file, regularly login to your PharmCAS application and review the Status box found on the right side of the screen.
Do not call or email PharmCAS until you have read the instructions, checked your status on-line, reviewed your email account for any PharmCAS messages, and read the FAQ section. If you still have questions, contact PharmCAS staff. Provide your PharmCAS ID Number and name in all communication. Allow up to 3 business days for PharmCAS to respond to your inquiry. PharmCAS will only discuss a file with an applicant and the applicant's designated pharmacy schools. Staff will not discuss an application file with a parent, spouse, relative, friend, or employer. Hours: Monday–Friday (9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time).
P.O. Box 9109
Watertown, MA 02471
TTY line: 617–612–2060
Email is the preferred contact method for PharmCAS customer service.
PharmCAS will make every attempt to process your application in a timely manner. At the same time, you are responsible for submitting your application and ALL other related materials to PharmCAS so they are received before the earliest deadline date established by your designated pharmacy schools. PharmCAS processing may take up to four weeks after your application, transcripts, and fee are received. PharmCAS is not responsible for any materials lost in the mail or for delays caused by the registrar's office.
After the initial submission of your completed PharmCAS application, you may only make changes to the following items:
- Full Legal Name.
- Alternate Name.
- Permanent Mailing Address.
- Current Mailing Address.
- Phone Numbers.
- Email Address.
- Fax Number.
- Password: Not transmitted to your designated pharmacy schools.
- Designate Additional PharmCAS Programs: No substitutions or deletions.
- Planned Coursework: One-time changes during the Academic Update only.
- New Fall Courses Completed: One-time changes during the Academic Update only.
- Reference Contacts: You may not delete an evaluator from your application once PharmCAS receives the evaluator's reference.
- PCAT CID
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 application fees are non-refundable. PharmCAS does not issue refunds for withdrawn applications or missed deadlines.
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 institution directly to remove your application from consideration. You will not receive a refund from PharmCAS if you choose to rescind your application after e-submission.
ADDING A PHARMACY SCHOOL AFTER APPLICATION SUBMISSION
You may apply to additional pharmacy programs after submission of your PharmCAS application. To apply to additional programs, 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 application deadline date has passed.
SHARING OF ADMISSION DECISIONS
Beginning on June 1, 2013, PharmCAS institutions will receive reports regarding the number of offers of admission made and number of offers of admission accepted for those applicants the college or school shares with another PharmCAS institution. Your designated PharmCAS institutions will know how many offers of admission you have received and how many offers of admission you have accepted at other PharmCAS institutions. PharmCAS institutions will not know how many applications you have submitted. They will also not know whether you were denied admission to another pharmacy school or be informed of any other admission actions made by other PharmCAS institutions, except offers of admission made or accepted.
ACCEPTING OFFERS OF ADMISSION
You are encouraged to make a final decision related to your matriculation as soon as possible. It is your responsibility to adhere to any deadlines for acceptances established by the institutions to which you have been offered admission. You should refer to the appropriate school page for instructions on deadlines, documents, and deposits that may be required to formally accept an offer of admission. Pharmacy institutions establish their own policies for applicants who have accepted multiple offers of admission, and reserve the right to require that accepted applicant formally decline other admission offers before finalizing their own offer. Contact your selected institutions directly for questions.
NOTICE TO APPLICANTS OFFERED ADMISSION
If you are offered and accept an offer of admission to a pharmacy degree program, you may be required to submit a second set of official transcripts from every college/university you have attended directly to the pharmacy school prior to matriculation. PharmCAS cannot forward transcripts to a school of pharmacy to fulfill this institutional requirement.
PharmCAS institutions may continue to make offers of admission to wait-listed applicants after June 1, 2013. A college or school that has placed an applicant on a wait-list will not have access to that applicant's admission status at other PharmCAS institutions. Wait-listed applicants should contact the appropriate school directly for specific information on that school's wait-list policy.
Click here to view the PharmCAS “Step-by-Step” Checklist.