PERSONAL ESSAY

Helpful Hints:
  • Do NOT personalize your essay for a particular pharmacy degree program. You CANNOT make any edits to your personal statement after you have e-submitted your completed application to PharmCAS.
  • Your personal statement should be no more than 4500 characters including spaces. If your statement is longer than that, you will not be able to save this section.
  • Prompt For Pharm.D. Programs: Your Personal Essay should address why you selected pharmacy as a career and how the Doctor of Pharmacy degree relates to your immediate and long-term professional goals. Describe how your personal, educational, and professional background will help you achieve your goals.
  • Prompt For Graduate Programs: Your Personal Essay should address why you selected pharmaceutical research science as a career path and how your future degree relates to your immediate and long-term professional goals. Describe how your personal, educational, and professional background will help you achieve your goals.

The personal essay is an important part of your application for admission and provides you with an opportunity for you to clearly and effectively express your ideas.

Enter a personal essay for each type of program you are applying to. Complete only the Pharm.D. essay if you are only applying to Pharm.D. programs, complete only the Graduate Program essay if you are only applying to graduate programs, and complete both if you are applying to both types of programs. (Please note that the personal essay section of the application will be checked as complete once you enter any one essay.)

You are encouraged to compose your essay in a text-only word processor (e.g., Notepad), review your essay for errors, then cut and paste the final version into the text box above. Click the Save button and then return to the Personal Essay to review the formatting of your text. You are limited to approximately 1 page (4500 characters, including spaces). Some formatting characters used in programs like Word (angled quotes, accents, special characters) will not display properly. Take care to review your final text and to make the necessary corrections to the format.

Each pharmacy degree program reserves the right to require additional essay responses as part of the supplemental application process.

You CANNOT make any edits to your Personal Essay after you have e-submitted your completed application to PharmCAS.

Please be aware that your admission essay may be subject to submission for textual similarity review to Turnitin for Admissions for the detection of plagiarism duplication and other potential violations of the applicant code of conduct. All submitted essays and other materials will be included as source documents in the Turnitin for Admissions reference database solely for the purpose of detecting plagiarism of such documents.

Expand All FAQ Questions

Q: What is plagiarism?

A: The Merriam-Webster online dictionary and plagiarism.org define plagiarism as:

  • to steal and pass off (the ideas or words of another) as one’ s own
  • to use (another’s productions) without crediting the source
  • to commit literary theft
  • to present as new and original an idea or product derived from an existing source

Plagiarism.org is a great source to learn about what plagiarism is and how to prevent it.

Q: What is Turnitin?

A: Turnitin is the online plagiarism checker used by PharmCAS to detect plagiarism in PharmCAS applicants’ personal statements. Turnitin scours the web to match content submitted by applicants to that found on web pages, archived student papers, and published articles. Matches are then documented into a Similarity Report. The Similarity Report shows what percentage of your personal statement matches content found on the web. When you apply through PharmCAS, your Similarity Report is provided to every degree program you apply to.

Turnitin.com will provide more information on how the service works and what you can expect.

Q: I applied through PharmCAS last application cycle. Can I use the same Personal Essay?

A: PharmCAS does NOT suggest using the same personal essay that you submitted to PharmCAS previously. Please create a new Personal Essay each time you apply through PharmCAS.

 



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