Process & Procedures
Application Guidelines for All Pharm.D. Professional Program Applicants
- Applicants must submit the online application by December 15. The earlier the application is submitted, the sooner it will be processed. The fall 2018 application cycle begins in July. The link below to our online application for fall 2018 is will be available from July through December 15, 2017. All U.S. applicants, including reapplicants and current UGA students, will be required to apply online and pay the non-refundable $55.00 processing fee.
- Americans with Disabilities Act: The application for admission will be made available in accessible formats upon request. Please call 706-542-5278 for further information.
- All applicants must take the Pharmacy College Admission Test (PCAT) and have their scores sent to PharmCAS. The fall test date is preferred so that students have the opportunity to re-take the test in January if they desire. Students may take the PCAT as many times as they wish without penalty. Individual percentile scores as well as Composite percentile scores are reviewed by the Admissions Committee. Contact your prepharmacy advisor for information on review books and courses for the PCAT. You might also want to visit http://www.testprepreview.com/ for free online PCAT practice questions.
- Applicants must submit official transcripts of course work taken at any institution of higher learning directly to PharmCAS.
- All applicants should be prepared for an on-campus interview with members of the Admissions Committee and currently enrolled pharmacy students. During the interview, students may be asked to discuss their academic background, reasons for selecting pharmacy as a profession, plans upon graduation, work experience, leadership experience, and extracurricular/entrepreneurial experiences. Verbal and written communication skills will also be evaluated by the committee.
- All applicants should familiarize themselves with the Required and Recommended Immunizations. Students who matriculate in Fall 2018 must satisfy these requirements to attend the University of Georgia.
- If you are a Permanent Resident, you must send a photocopy of your Alien Registration Card to be used for residency and tuition purposes. Please send the copy directly to UGA College of Pharmacy, Admissions Office, Athens, GA 30602.
Additional International Application Guidelines
Applicants Who Have Never Attended a College or University in the U.S.
Applicants who have never attended a college or university in the United States should apply to the University of Georgia, College of Arts and Sciences. You may apply to the College of Pharmacy once you are enrolled in Arts and Sciences and have consulted with your pre-pharmacy advisor to determine the best strategy for completing pre-pharmacy requirements. Follow the links listed below for complete information on applying to the University of Georgia and immunization requirements:
Applicants Who Have Attended a College or University in the U.S. or are Currently Enrolled in One
If you have attended a college or university in the United States, or are currently enrolled in one, you must first complete a Certificate of Finance form and send it directly to the College of Pharmacy. You should also follow the other links below for complete information on attending UGA as an international student, including immunization requirements. After completing the required Certificate of Finance form and familiarizing yourself with the UGA Admission Criteria and Immunization Requirements, you may apply online for pharmacy school.
- Certificate of Finance Form (Required)
- UGA Admission Information for International Students
- UGA Immunization Requirements
If you are a Permanent Resident, you must send a photocopy of your Alien Registration Card to be used for residency and tuition purposes. Please send the copy directly to UGA College of Pharmacy, Admissions Office, Athens, GA 30602.
Due to software changes, those individuals who applied to the Pharm.D. program last year will not be able to simply update their information but will need to submit a complete application again this year. ALL applicants need to fill out the entire Fall 2018 application available at the link below:
Click here to go to the online application. (available in July 2017)
Questions? E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call 706-542-5278.
Important Dates & Timeline
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.
- 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 (see PCAT website here for application and exam dates, times and locations)
- 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.
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
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