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: 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
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.
Applicants should have 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.
The admissions application process has two different options: Early Decision and Regular Decision. The Early Decision (ED) program is a binding option for applicants who have decided that the University of Georgia College of Pharmacy Pharm.D. program is their first choice, and that they will enroll if accepted. ED applicants can only apply to one Pharm.D. program; if they are deferred to the regular admissions process or if they are denied admittance, they are then able to apply to other programs during the regular admission process. 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 3, 2019. Applicants will learn their ED status by October 19, 2019. For Regular Decision applicants, the application deadline is February 3, 2020. PharmCAS must receive all materials by that closing date.
The PharmCAS and UGA College of Pharmacy applications open on July 18, 2019. 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 3, 2019. For Regular Decision applicants, the deadline is February 3, 2020. 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 18, 2019 – PharmCAS (http://www.pharmcas.org) and the University of Georgia College of Pharmacy Supplemental application open.
September 3, 2019 – Early Decision applications deadline for PharmCAS and UGA College of Pharmacy. Both applications have the same deadline.
Late September 2019 – Admissions interviews begin
October 18, 2019 – Early Decision notifications sent to applicants
February 3, 2020 – Regular Decision applications deadline for PharmCAS and the University of Georgia College of Pharmacy. Both applications have the same deadline.
April 2020 – Admissions interviews end
April/May/June 2020 – Advising sessions for incoming students
August 2020 – RxDawgs Boot Camp/New Student Orientation
August 2020 – White Coat Ceremony
August 20, 2020 – First Day of Classes
PCAT Testing Dates
Test dates are offered in July, September, October, November 2019, January and February 2020. Visit the PCAT website at https://www.pcatweb.info/ for details.
For information about the required pre-pharmacy coursework, please review the checklist here:
Applicants to the professional program must take the Pharmacy College Admission Test (PCAT). Either a 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.
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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