Before You E-Submit
The PharmCAS application cycle begins on July 15th, 2016 for Fall 2017 enrollment. You may start your PharmCAS application as soon as it is available. The Early Decision deadline is September 6th, 2016. The first regular degree program deadline date is November 1st, 2016 and the last regular application deadline is March 1st, 2017. The PharmCAS application cycle for the 2017 Entering Class will officially close on June 24th, 2017 unless otherwise announced. Participating degree programs 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. post-secondary institution attended
- The correct PharmCAS application fee
It is the applicant’s responsibility to review your GPAs and contact PharmCAS if there are any errors.
Send foreign transcript evaluation reports and test scores (PCAT and TOEFL) to PharmCAS by the application deadline, if required by your designated pharmacy degree programs.
Your designated pharmacy degree programs may also require that you send additional fees and/or application materials directly to the institution, 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 we have received your completed application, required fee, and all official transcripts. 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 coursework information on your application, calculate your PharmCAS GPAs, and submit your application to each of your designated pharmacy degree programs.
PharmCAS will begin to forward complete applications to pharmacy degree programs as soon as they are verified. (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 degree programs may contact you about your application within a few weeks after receiving your application or only after the degree program deadline has passed, depending on the degree program’s policy.
Participating degree programs will report admission decisions to applicants and PharmCAS throughout the application cycle.
Checking the Status of Your Application
Check your application status on-line regularly! To view the real-time progress of your application, 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 that they are received before the earliest deadline date established by your designated pharmacy degree programs. 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 pharmacy degree programs, you must contact the degree program(s) 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 degree program 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 degree program 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 Degree Program After Application Submission
You may apply to additional pharmacy degree programs after submission of your PharmCAS application. To apply to additional programs, log onto your PharmCAS application and designate additional degree programs. Do NOT create a new PharmCAS application to add new designations. PharmCAS must receive the appropriate fee for each additional pharmacy degree program you select. You cannot apply to a particular degree program after the application deadline date has passed.
Sharing of Admission Decisions
On a dynamic basis, PharmCAS degree programs will receive reports regarding the number of offers of admission made and number of offers of admission accepted for those applicants the degree program shares with another PharmCAS degree program. Your designated PharmCAS degree programs will know how many offers of admission you have received and how many offers of admission you have accepted at other PharmCAS degree programs. PharmCAS degree programs will not know how many applications you have submitted. They will also not know whether you were denied admission to another pharmacy degree program or be informed of any other admission actions made by other PharmCAS degree programs, 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 degree programs to which you have been offered admission. You should refer to the School Directory for instructions on deadlines, documents, and deposits that may be required to formally accept an offer of admission. Pharmacy degree programs 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 degree programs 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 degree program prior to matriculation. PharmCAS cannot forward transcripts to a pharmacy degree program to fulfill this institutional requirement.
PharmCAS institutions may continue to make offers of admission to wait-listed applicants after June 1, 2015. A degree program which has placed an applicant on a wait-list will not have access to that applicant’s admission status at other PharmCAS degree programs. Wait-listed applicants should contact the appropriate degree program directly for specific information on that degree program’s wait-list policy.
Click here to view the PharmCAS Checklist.