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Permanent and/or Legal State of Residency

U.S. residents and citizens should enter only one state of residency. The state listed should be the state of legal residence at the time of application; NOT at the time of anticipated enrollment in a pharmacy degree program. Contact your selected pharmacy colleges and schools directly if you wish to claim multiple states of residency. If you do not have a legal residence in the United States, Puerto Rico, or U.S. territories, select “No State” from the menu list. Not all pharmacy colleges and schools consider out-of-state residents. PharmCAS does not make residency determinations.

Number of Years Residing in State

Enter number of years you have continuously lived in your designated permanent state of residency. If your answer is one year or less, answer this question regarding your previous state of residency. Contact your selected colleges and schools directly if you have questions about your residency status.


Current Citizenship / Residency Status

Select citizenship status at the time of application. Do not designate “permanent resident” unless you currently possess a valid Alien Registration Receipt Card (Green Card). If you are in the process of applying for an Alien Registration Receipt Card, but it has not yet been granted, you must select “Foreign Citizen”. Not all pharmacy colleges and schools consider out-of-state residents, foreign pharmacy applicants and/or foreign permanent residents for admission. It is your responsibility to review the individual School Pages via the PharmCAS Directory, or contact your designated pharmacy institutions directly for residency requirements. PharmCAS will not determine if you meet the residency requirements for a particular institution.

Country of Citizenship

Select country of citizenship. If the country is not listed, contact PharmCAS.

If a Foreign Citizen, Type of Visa

If you are a non-immigrant, select from the following list the type of visa you hold at the time of your application. Non-immigrant applicants who do not currently hold a valid visa type should select “None” from the list. Contact your designated pharmacy institutions directly if your visa status changes after you submit your PharmCAS application.

Foreign students who are required to obtain a visa to attend in a U.S. college or university are encouraged to begin the visa application process as soon as possible. The U.S. visa application process may take several weeks or months to complete.

Place of Birth

City, State, Country

If the country is not listed, contact PharmCAS.

Date of Birth

PharmCAS uses your date of birth to help verify your identity. Pharmacy schools may use data of birth information to generate student identification numbers.


Select male or female. (Optional - Used for Statistical Purposes Only)

Ethnicity and Race

You may indicate your racial and ethnic identity by selecting one of the categories below, as provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. If none of the racial categories apply, select “other” and enter your preferred racial or ethnic designation in the box provided. (Optional - Used for Statistical Purposes Only).




Military Experience

If you have served in the U.S. armed services, select “yes”.

Have You Previously Enrolled in a Pharmacy Degree Program?

Select “Yes” if you previously matriculated into a professional B.S. of Pharmacy or Pharm.D. degree program anywhere in the world, regardless of whether you completed a term or degree. Pharmacy technician and pre-pharmacy programs do not qualify.

Are you eligible to return to the pharmacy degree program?

Yes or No. This should only be marked if you have previously been enrolled in a pharmacy degree program. Your designated pharmacy institutions may require additional information.

Have you previously applied through PharmCAS?

Select “Yes”, if you submitted a PharmCAS application within the past two years. Repeat applicants must begin a new application IF the applicant did not apply in cycle immediately preceding the current cycle. PharmCAS does not carry over applications for more than one cycle.