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Elements We Search For In Candidates

The UGA Doctor of Pharmacy program employs a holistic and comprehensive process when reviewing an application to our program. An applicant’s academic experiences, 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 for an admissions interview, we consider each applicant’s academic achievements and PCAT exam performance, if available. 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.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to review the Admissions Procedures and Frequently Asked Questions before applying.

Admissions Process & Procedures

Applicants are strongly encouraged to review the Admissions Procedures and Frequently Asked Questions before applying.

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)

For the 2021-2022 application cycle, the PCAT exam is recommended, but not required. Applicants who may wish to strengthen their application should consider taking the PCAT exam.  Summer or fall test dates are recommended when taking the PCAT for the first time.

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 UGA College of Pharmacy. Once applicants have submitted a PharmCAS application, they will receive a PharmCAS identification number that will be needed when completing the UGA 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.

The admissions application process has two different deadlines: Priority Deadline and Application Deadline. The Priority Deadline is December 1, 2021.  Applicants who submit both their PharmCAS and University of Georgia College of Pharmacy application by December 1, 2021 will be eligible to waive their University of Georgia College of Pharmacy Supplemental application fee ($55), be given priority consideration for scholarship consideration, and be given priority consideration for 2+2 campus preferences.

The final Application Deadline is May 2, 2022. PharmCAS and UGA Pharm.D. Supplemental applications and supplemental application fee must be submitted by this deadline. PharmCAS must receive all materials (e.g., transcripts) by that closing date.

The PharmCAS and UGA College of Pharmacy applications open on July 14, 2021. 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 Supplemental Application (opens  July 14, 2021). The Priority Deadline to submit the supplemental application to waive the supplemental application fee and receive priority consideration for scholarships and 2+2 campus preferences, is December 1, 2021. Applicants must submit the PharmCAS application and supplemental application fee by the final deadline of May 2, 2022.

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, 2021 – PharmCAS (http://www.pharmcas.org) and the University of Georgia College of Pharmacy Supplemental application open.

Mid-September 2021 – Admissions interviews begin

December 1, 2021 – Priority Deadline for PharmCAS and the University of Georgia College of Pharmacy. Both applications have the same deadline.

April/May/June 2022 – Advising sessions for incoming students

May 2, 2022 – Application Deadline for PharmCAS and the University of Georgia College of Pharmacy.  Both applications have the same deadline.

June 2022 — Admissions interviews end

August 2022 – New Student Orientation

August 2022 – White Coat Ceremony

August 17, 2022 — Classes Begin

PCAT Testing Dates

Test dates are offered in July, September, October 2021, and January, February and March and April  2022. Visit the PCAT website at https://www.pcatweb.info/ for details.

Prerequisite Checklist

For information about the required pre-pharmacy coursework, please review the checklist here:

College of Pharmacy Prerequisites

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 the 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.

Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College

Albany State University

Augusta University

Columbus State University

Dalton State University

Georgia College and State University

Georgia Gwinnett College

Georgia Southern University

Georgia State University

Kennesaw State University

University of Florida

University of North Georgia

Valdosta State University


For the 2021-2022 Application Cycle, applicants to the professional program may choose to take the Pharmacy College Admission Test (PCAT). Summer or fall test dates are 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.

Test dates are offered in July, September, October 2021, and January, February and March and April  2022. Visit the PCAT website at https://www.pcatweb.info/ for details.

Application Information

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.

Paying for Pharmacy School
Frequently Asked Questions
  1. Check out our list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ).  Your question might already be answered here!
  2. Application tips
  3. International Application Guidelines
  4. Pharm/D. Admissions Blog
Affiliation Agreements

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.

For More Information

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Pharm.D. Admissions
Office of Student Affairs
College of Pharmacy
The University of Georgia
Pharmacy South 115
250 W. Green Street
Athens, GA 30602
Phone: 706-542-5150
Email: PharmDadmissions@uga.edu

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