Application Instructions 2019

Apply now - Pre-Pharmacy 

High school students interested in pre-pharmacy should apply through UConn's undergraduate admissions office. You may select entry into our Special Program in Pharmacy (an honors level program) or take pre-pharmacy classes within the Academic Center for Exploratory Students (ACES).

 

Apply now - Ph.D.

Ph.D. applicants can find instructions on the following Pharmaceutical Sciences page.

 

Apply now - Pharm.D. 

PharmD applicants have completed pre-pharmacy requirements.

The University of Connecticut School of Pharmacy participates with PharmCAS, the Pharmacy College Application Service.PharmCAS requires four to six weeks to verify an application before forwarding it on the Schools of Pharmacy. The deadline to submit via PharmCAS is January 7, 2019. Applicants are encouraged to complete applications as soon as possible for earlier review and consideration by the School. UConn's School of Pharmacy offers rolling admissions.

You are eligible to fill out the application for the Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) Professional Program upon meeting the following criteria:

    • Complete required prerequisite courses by the end of the spring semester.
    • The PCAT is required and must be taken no later than January of the year in which you are seeking enrollment. Please review the PCAT Strategy Review power point presentation developed by our Pharm.D. students.
    • Submit a valid TOEFL IBT with a total score of 102 or higher, and with a speaking sub-score of 25 or higher, or an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) speaking band score of 7.5 or higher, if English is not your native language or primary language of secondary instruction.
    • PharmCAS application
    • Transfer applicants must complete an application with the University of Connecticut Office of Transfer Admissions by April 1st.
    • If you have any questions regarding your particular situation, please contact the Professional Program Office directly at (860) 486-2216.

Admission to the School of Pharmacy is considered holistically and is based upon the following criteria:

  1. Math/science prerequisite GPA
  2. Academic record
  3. PCAT score
  4. Non-academic experiences (e.g. organizations, healthcare / science / clinical related experience, certifications, work experience, etc.)
  5. Service and outreach
  6. Recommendations & personal statements
  7. Interview

Note to Transfer Students
In addition to filing the School of Pharmacy Application through PharmCAS, you are required to submit a separate application to the University of Connecticut Undergraduate Admissions Office (Please refer to the Transfer Student Page to see if this applies to you!). The university application must be filed with all supporting documents as required by the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. More information regarding the university admissions policies and procedures for transfer students may be found on the Transfer Admissions website.

More Pharm.D. – Materials Must be Submitted Directly to PharmCAS

Personal Statement

Your personal statement should be an essay, clearly and concisely written, articulating your educational and professional pharmacy goals. You are limited to approximately 1 page (4500 characters, including spaces).  The personal statement is an important part of the application process because it can add a dimension that cannot be obtained from transcripts, application forms, or recommendation forms. A well-written personal statement is an opportunity for you to convey a more complete view of who you are as an individual. Include your background and past experiences that relate to the professional pharmacy program. The Admissions Committee is looking for evidence of commitment, motivation, and compatibility with the goals of our professional program.  (Please see PharmCAS Instructions for further detail.)

Official Post Secondary Transcripts

You must submit transcript(s) of all collegiate work completed to date, including a UConn transcript and official transcripts for work completed at other institutions (including college courses taken during high school) through the fall semester.  It is strongly recommended to submit your official transcript during the fall semester and then update once it becomes final, so not to miss important deadlines. Any applicant who has completed coursework at an international university or college MUST have their foreign transcripts evaluated by one of the foreign transcript evaluation services.  DO NOT send foreign transcripts directly to the School of Pharmacy.

Recommendation Forms

Two recommendation forms are required as part of your application and are available as part of your PharmCAS application.  At least one of the two recommendations must be from an academic professor or teaching assistant.

PCAT

Official scores must be submitted from the Pharmacy College Admissions Test (PCAT) by all applicants.  The last opportunity to take the PCAT exam for the fall application cycle will be January of that year.  Without jeopardy, applicants may take the PCAT more than once, with the highest score being considered for admission purposes.  For more information and registration details, please refer to the PCAT website.

English Proficiency Examination Scores (IELTS and/or TOEFL)

All applicants whose native language is not English, or whose primary language of instruction while in high school was not English, must submit official scores from either the academic version of the IELTS (International English Language Testing System) or the TOEFL.  A minimum score of 7.5 is required on the IELTS. Information regarding this test may be found on the IELTS website. The minimum acceptable score on the TOEFL (internet-based) is within the range of 102-109, with a minimum speaking sub-score of 25.  Applicants who declare on the application that English is not the Native Language or the Primary Language of Instruction and who do not take either the IELTS or TOEFL, or who do take these tests and receive scores below the minimum requirement, will not be considered for admission to the professional program.

More Pharm.D. – After Acceptance into the Professional Pharmacy Program

Criminal background checks will be conducted on all accepted students.  In some cases, applicants may want to contact the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy to determine if their criminal offense(s) will prevent them from participating in curriculum-based pharmacy practice experiences or from obtaining a license to practice pharmacy in a particular state.