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Our students have prepared a presentation to walk you through the process.
Application Dates and Timeline for the Fall 2017 Admission Cycle:
2016 Fall Semester: Complete and submit PharmCAS Application including all required supplemental documentation. Submit official transcripts of all completed post-secondary coursework to PharmCAS in order to initiate PharmCAS verification process (this would include any college coursework completed during high school)
January 5, 2017: PharmCAS Application Deadline for all Pharm.D. applicants. Supplemental materials are due to the School of Pharmacy Professional Program Office.
January 2017: Last opportunity to take the PCAT for fall 2017 enrollment.
November 2016 through March 2017: Competitive interview process takes place for Pharm.D. Admissions. (Interviews will be prioritized according to prerequisite and application completion and competitiveness – so complete and submit your application EARLY)
February, 2017: End of academic update period in PharmCAS.
April 1, 2017: Application deadline for the Undergraduate Transfer Supplemental Application and all supporting documents (e.g. application fee, official high school and post-secondary transcripts, etc…) Please visit our Transfer Information Page to determine if you are considered a transfer student.
April 15 – June 26: Update PharmCAS application with your spring and summer courses during the academic update window. For decision-making purposes, please complete this academic update as soon as your grades become available. (See PharmCAS Academic Update Instructions for more information)
July 1, 2017: Application deadline for readmission to the Dean of Students Office, however, please submit this application as soon as you learn your Pharm.D. admission status if this process is appropriate for you
The School of Pharmacy is an upper-division school and students must complete prerequisite course work prior to making application. Applications to the School of Pharmacy are only accepted through the Pharmacy College Application Service (PharmCAS). All eligible applicants, both UConn and transfer applicants, will be required to submit their application through PharmCAS no later than January 5th. In certain cases, applicants may have special application instructions as appropriate to their situation. More information on PharmCAS may be found on their website.
To be eligible for admission, applicants must have completed their pre-pharmacy curriculum at regionally accredited, degree-granting institutions of higher education and must meet all application requirements for the School of Pharmacy and, if transfer applicants, the University of Connecticut. Students must also meet the Technical Standards of the program. Please read the application instructions which provide detailed information about the application process. All ineligible applications will be promptly denied without consideration.
Admission to the School of Pharmacy Pharm.D. Program is competitive and based upon the following elements:
- Cumulative grade point average in the math and science prerequisites
- Overall academic performance
- PCAT score
- Non-academic experiences (e.g. organizations, healthcare / science / clinical – related experience, certifications, work experience, etc.)
- Outreach and service
- Personal statement
Up to 100 students are accepted into the Pharm.D. Program each year. After carefully considering academic achievement, PCAT scores, extracurricular activities and personal motivation, a required interview may be extended to select applicants. An outstanding academic record may be one of the components used to prioritize student interviews. If invited to interview, the applicant’s personal attributes such as professional and social awareness, communication skills, self-knowledge and maturity, ethics and integrity, professional nature, and problem-solving ability are assessed.
The Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy Studies is awarded in the course of study for the Doctor of Pharmacy degree. Only students who are admitted into the Doctor of Pharmacy Professional Program receive the Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy Studies degree. Applicants should refer to the application information for the Pharm.D. degree as it is the same program of study. High school students should refer to the information pertaining to the pre-pharmacy program.
It should be noted that the Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy Studies is not a licensing degree in Connecticut or in any other state. The only degree offered by the UConn School of Pharmacy that will allow a student to sit for licensure in Connecticut, or in any other state, is the Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.).
Transfer applicants should download the Transfer Admission Information & Plan of Study brochure.
For More Information:
Would you like to learn more about the Doctor of Pharmacy Professional Program and the Pharm.D. admissions process at UConn? Are you interested in pharmacy and want to make sure that you are on the right track? Are you currently in another major, or do you have coursework from another institution, and would like to develop an individualized strategy that considers the transferability of your courses and meets your academic goals?
To ask any questions or to schedule a meeting, please contact Jenna Henderson, Director of Student Support and Learning Development / program administrator.
Have a Question? Ask a UConn Pharmacy Student.
UConn pharmacy students who are members of the School of Pharmacy Diversity Committee are happy to answer your questions about their experiences as a pharmacy student. Please remember that the opinions expressed by our students do not necessarily reflect those of the UConn School of Pharmacy.