Step One: Complete the pre-pharmacy requirements
To be admitted to the professional program in the College of Pharmacy, a student must complete pre-pharmacy requirements. At the University of Georgia, the pre-pharmacy program is administered through the College of Arts and Sciences. Pre-pharmacy education requires satisfactory completion of not less than 69 semester hours of academic work counting toward the pharmacy degree.
Please refer to the Pre-Pharmacy Checklist for more information.
Step Two: Take the Pharmacy College Admission Test (PCAT)
Applicants to the professional program must take the Pharmacy College Admission Test (PCAT). Either the summer or fall test date is recommended when taking the PCAT for the first time. In addition to the applicant’s grade point average, the selection process will utilize PCAT scores, recommendations and an on-campus interview. The College of Pharmacy accepts students into its professional program for beginning classes only in the fall semester.
Step Three: Apply online to the Pharmacy College Application Service (PharmCAS)
Applicants to the professional program must submit an application with the Pharmacy College Application Service (PharmCAS) prior to completing the College of Pharmacy supplemental application. All transcripts, PCAT scores, and letters of recommendation must be sent directly to PharmCAS; such materials will not be accepted if sent to the College of Pharmacy. Once applicants have submitted a PharmCAS application, they will receive a PharmCAS identification number that will be needed when completing the College of Pharmacy application. The PharmCAS deadline is December 1, 2017; the application must be submitted and all materials must be delivered to PharmCAS by that date.
Applicants should have PCAT courses sent directly to PharmCAS (Code 0104). Each course for which students have earned AP or IB credit must be listed individually in the PharmCAS application as courses completed during their first semester in college. During the PharmCAS Academic Update period, applicants must submit grades for courses taken during the fall semester.
Step Four: Apply online to the College of Pharmacy
Application to the College of Pharmacy must be submitted by December 15, 2017. Students may apply to the College of Pharmacy before they have completed the entire pre-pharmacy curriculum, provided that they have finished at least 35 hours of that curriculum and will be able to complete the rest of the hours before matriculation. However, some students have already completed the entire pre-pharmacy core and may be working toward a major when they apply to the College of Pharmacy. Others may have already earned a degree or plan to complete one before matriculating. Applicants who are accepted but do not attend for the accepted term must repeat the admission process for a future date.
Applicants for admission to the College of Pharmacy who are known to have been officially dismissed from another pharmacy program will not be accepted. A student who gains entrance to the College by misrepresentation of facts may be dismissed immediately.
Admissions FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)
Please review the FAQ below carefully for recent changes to the admission process, especially the limit on courses taken in the summer prior to beginning the Pharm.D. program
- Admissions Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Important Dates and Timeline
- PharmCAS (www.pharmcas.org)and the College of Pharmacy online application(www.rx.uga.edu/index.php/admissions/online_application) will open in July 2017.
- July–Summer administration of the PCAT.
- Fall–Submit online application and related materials; files completed by the first of September will be considered for early interview dates. Fall PCAT administered in September, October and November.
- December–The PharmCAS application deadline is December 1, 2017; students also must have submitted all related materials (e.g., transcripts, letters of recommendation, PCAT scores) by that date. The deadline for the College of Pharmacy application is December 15, 2017.
- January–Winter PCAT administration; scores will still be considered for the current admissions cycle.