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Apply to UConn School of Pharmacy

The UConn School of Pharmacy provides students the opportunity to pursue highly regarded degrees, focus in the concentrations they want, and continue learning though dynamic graduate programing, all within a vibrant and diverse community. Deadlines for applications are outlined below. Please email pharmacy@uconn.edu with any questions.

Application Instructions

Pre-Professional Program for incoming freshmen Fall 2021

Deadline for Merit and Honors consideration: December 1, 2020

All other applications deadline: January 15, 2021

High school students interested in pharmacy should apply through UConn's undergraduate admissions office. You will have an opportunity to select a B.S. in Pharmacy Studies major.

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Ph.D. in the Pharmaceutical Sciences with Fall 2020 entry

Deadlines (rolling admissions):

for  fall 2020 entry -

  • Applications currently being accepted
  • Applications close July 29, 2020

for spring 2021 entry -

  • Applications open February 3, 2020
  • Applications close December 16, 2020

Please contact any of our faculty within your focus area to discuss a program that best suits your interests,

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Pharm.D. for Fall 2021

Fall 2020 deadlines have passed. If you are already at UConn and interested in fall 2021 apply at PharmCAS.
If you are a transfer submit an undergraduate transfer application and submit to PharmCAS. Please see more detail below in the drop down menus.

The Deadline: January 2021 via PharmCAS (rolling admissions). If you are a transfer your undergraduate transfer application is due April 1, 2021.

PharmCAS is the Pharmacy College Application Service. PharmCAS requires four to six weeks to verify an application before forwarding it on to your requested School(s) of Pharmacy. 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.
  • Take the PCAT no later than January of the year in which you are seeking enrollment.*

*Please note, due to COVID-19 related concerns surrounding the availability of testing sites, the PCAT test requirement will be waived for pre-professional students (including transfers) applying to the UConn School of Pharmacy’s professional program with a fall 2021 start date.

  • 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

Please email us if you need any guidance, pharmacy@uconn.edu. We are here to help!

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Additional Information

Detailed Information for TRANSFERS to our programs

The UConn School of Pharmacy welcomes applications to the first professional year of the Pharm.D. program. A transfer applicant is someone who has never been enrolled at UConn, has completed post-secondary coursework at institutions outside of UConn, and is seeking direct admission to the Doctor of Pharmacy Professional Program. Applicants who have received prior degrees from institutions other than UConn are considered to be transfer students under this definition and MUST complete an undergraduate transfer application with the Office of Undergraduate Admissions.

To be eligible, transfer students must have completed their pre-professional/pre-pharmacy curriculum at regionally accredited, degree-granting institutions of higher education and must have met all application requirements for both the School of Pharmacy and University of Connecticut.

Transfer students should submit their application with the University of Connecticut’s Office of Transfer Admission by April 1.

If you have any questions regarding the transfer application or would like to apply to UConn, please contact the Undergraduate Admissions Office:

Phone: 860-486-3137
E-Mail: Beahusky@UConn.edu
Website: admissions.uconn.edu

You may apply for transfer admission to UConn using the online application. Be prepared to submit the following supplemental documentation along to the Undergraduate Admissions Office by the April 1 deadline:

· Application Fee

· All official post-secondary transcripts from each institution attended

· Official High School Transcripts or GED records (special guidelines exist for home schooled applicants)

See Transfer Application Details for special guidelines and instructions for the following:

· Standardized Testing Results

· Military Credit

· Toefl or IELTS scores

· Permanent Resident Card

Please Note: Your application to UConn is a separate process from your PharmCAS application to the School of Pharmacy.

Transfer Course Equivalencies for Coursework Taken at Connecticut Institutions

The University’s Undergraduate Transfer Admission Office is responsible for transfer credit evaluations. From the Transfer Course Equivalencies website you may select a Connecticut institution from a list to search for transferable courses.

For Transfer Students to the Pre-Professional Undergraduate Program

If you have already met pharmacy program prerequisites, you are not eligible for admission to the pre-professional program. Transfer applicants to the pre-professional program should have completed no more than one year of college-level study in pharmacy program prerequisites:

· General Chemistry 1 & 2 (with labs)

· Foundations in Biology (organismal)

· Physics

· College writing

· Calculus

Please note that admission to transfer students to the B.S. in Pharmacy Studies pre-professional program, or to UConn ACES, is not a guarantee of eventual admission into the School of Pharmacy.

Application Elements: Personal Statement, Transcript and Recommendations

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.

What we look for

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

  • Cumulative GPA in the math and science prerequisites
  • Overall academic performance
  • PCAT scores
  • Non-academic experiences (e.g. organizations, healthcare / science / clinical – related experience, certifications, licenses, work experience, etc.)
  • Outreach and service
  • Recommendations
  • Personal statement
  • Interview

Additionally, we look for demonstration of any of the following:

  • Personal insight
  • Responsibility and initiative taken for learning and growth
  • Communication, collaboration, and teamwork skills
  • Creativity, curiosity, and innovative thinking
  • Flexibility and adaptability
  • Serving others and the greater good

Background Checks

Criminal background checks are conducted on all students accepted to the Pharm.D. program. This is because of the nature of pharmacy work in the community. 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.