Elements We Search For In Candidates
While pre-pharmacy GPA and PCAT scores are important aspects of an applicant’s profile, the UGA Doctor of Pharmacy program employs a holistic and comprehensive process when reviewing an application to our program. An applicant’s personal strengths, unique talents, and life experiences also play a role in determining admission to our program.
In addition to the factors listed above, successful candidates should possess the following attributes:
- A desire to help others and make positive change
- Act in a professional, ethical, and responsible way
- Display leadership skills and the ability to effectively communicate and collaborate with others
- Have a love of learning, attention to detail, academic adaptability, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills
When reviewing an application to determine an applicant’s eligibility an admissions interview, we consider each applicant’s academic achievements and PCAT exam performance. To determine admission into the program, we evaluate the applicant’s interview, along with an applicant’s letters of recommendation; extracurricular and co-curricular activities, volunteer experience, and employment; experiences in pharmacy; and other personal achievements.
Admissions Process & Procedures
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: Choose to take the Pharmacy College Admission Test (PCAT)
For the 2020-2021 Application Cycle, applicants to the professional program may choose to take the Pharmacy College Admission Test (PCAT). For the 2020-2021 application cycle, the PCAT exam is recommended, but not required. Applicants who may wish to strengthen their application should consider taking the PCAT exam. 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 optional 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
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, optional 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.
Applicants should have optional PCAT scores 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 and spring semesters.
To apply early decision, applicants must have submitted their complete PharmCAS and UGA applications by the deadline. The deadline to apply for the binding Early Decision is September 8, 2020. Applicants will learn their ED status by October 23, 2020. For Regular Decision applicants, the preferred application deadline for scholarship consideration is February 1, 2021, and the final application deadline is April 1, 2021. PharmCAS must receive all materials by that closing date.
The PharmCAS and UGA College of Pharmacy applications open on July 14, 2020. Individuals may submit applications anytime thereafter. This year, the UGA College of Pharmacy will employ a rolling admissions process. With rolling admissions, we will review applications, invite candidates to campus to interview, and offer acceptances on a continuous basis throughout our admissions process. This means that interested applicants should submit their applications as early as possible.
Step Four: Apply online to the College of Pharmacy
Applicants must have started the PharmCAS application before going online to complete the College of Pharmacy online Supplemental Application. For Early Decision applicants, the deadline to submit the supplemental application and pay the fee is September 8, 2020. For Regular Decision applicants, the preferred application deadline for scholarship consideration is February 1, 2021, and the final application deadline is April 1, 2021. 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.
Important Dates & Timeline
July 14, 2020 – PharmCAS (http://www.pharmcas.org) and the University of Georgia College of Pharmacy Supplemental application open.
September 8, 2020 – Early Decision applications deadline for PharmCAS and UGA College of Pharmacy. Both applications have the same deadline.
Mid-September 2020 – Admissions interviews begin
October 23, 2020 – Early Decision notifications sent to applicants
February 1, 2021 – Preferred application deadline for scholarship consideration.
April 1, 2021 — Regular Decision applications deadline for PharmCAS and the University of Georgia College of Pharmacy. Both applications have the same deadline.
May 2021 – Admissions interviews end
April/May/June 2021 – Advising sessions for incoming students
August 2021 – New Student Orientation
August 2021 – White Coat Ceremony
August 18, 2021 – Classes Begin
PCAT Testing Dates
Test dates are offered in July, September, October, November 2020, January, February and March 2021. Visit the PCAT website at https://www.pcatweb.info/ for details.
For information about the required pre-pharmacy coursework, please review the checklist here:
Pre-Pharmacy Course Equivalency
The pre-pharmacy course equivalency guides below are provided to help applicants take the appropriate pre-pharmacy courses at institutions outside of the University of Georgia. There may be other courses that meet the qualifications for the UGA College of Pharmacy prerequisites, but the courses listed here are the most common at the respective institution. Pre-pharmacy courses can be taken at any accredited institution, not just the ones listed. If the institution you are attending or planning to attend is not listed, please use our UGA Pharm.D. Pre-Pharmacy Checklist and the UGA Undergraduate Admissions Transfer Equivalency Guide to see if your institution offers an equivalent pre-pharmacy course. Course descriptions for the UGA Pharm.D. pre-pharmacy courses can be found on the University of Georgia Bulletin and can also be used as a guide when looking for equivalent pre-pharmacy courses at your institution. If you have any questions or concerns regarding the equivalency of a pre-pharmacy course at your institution, please contact Mr. Erik Dennison at PharmDadmissions@uga.edu.
For the 2020-2021 Application Cycle, applicants to the professional program may choose to take the Pharmacy College Admission Test (PCAT). Either a summer or fall test date is recommended when taking the PCAT for the first time. Admissions decisions are based upon a comprehensive and holistic evaluation of a candidate’s application and the interview.
Qualified applicants will be invited to campus for interview on a rolling basis until the class is filled. Candidates invited for interviews will meet with members of the Admissions Committee, faculty, staff and currently enrolled Pharm.D. 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 activities. Verbal and written communication skills also will be evaluated.
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Frequently Asked Questions
- Check out our list of Frequently Asked Questions. Your question might already be answered here!
- Application tips
- International Application Guidelines
> Qualified students with a B.S. in Pharmaceutical Sciences from UGA may obtain a guaranteed admission interview. Completing the undergraduate Pharmaceutical Sciences degree with a preferred GPA of at least a 2.5 (subject to change depending on admissions cycle) in the 69 hours of included pre-pharmacy coursework makes you a priority applicant for the professional Pharm.D. degree.
> We have partnered with various other institutions allowing students guided pathways into UGA’s Pharm.D. program. Students can spend the beginning of their college careers at an initial institution followed by the remaining years (depending on the agreement) in our Doctor of Pharmacy program.
- 3+4 Georgia College Chemistry BS/UGA Pharm.D. Agreement
- Additional partnerships coming soon!
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