PharmD Application Process and Instructions
Early Decision Deadline:
PharmCAS and UK Supplemental Application due: September 8, 2015
Early Decision is encouraged if UK is your first choice for pharmacy school.
PharmCAS and UK Supplemental Application due: March 1, 2016
All students are encouraged to apply July-September, well before the posted deadlines.
Step 1: Complete PharmCAS Application by deadline
All students are encouraged to e-submit a Pharmacy College Application Service (PharmCAS) application July-September of the year prior to intended entrance. Please note that PharmCAS requires 4-6 weeks for verification purposes before an application is forwarded to individual colleges of pharmacy. Instructions for submitting an application, reference forms and PCAT scores are available on the PharmCAS site.The PharmCAS admission cycle is expected to open the week of July 14. Due to UK COP's rolling admissions process, seats begin to fill quickly after interviews are held in October and November. For this reason, UK COP recommends applying between July-September. All applicants are highly encouraged to apply Early Decision (ED). October interview seats will be filled by ED applicants with remaining seats being filled with Regular Decision applicants. International students should submit TOEFL scores and transcript evaluations (www.wes.org) to PharmCAS. Attend a UK COP Advising Session to receive information about the application and interview process. NOTE: It is not necessary to wait for the arrival of references, transcripts, fall grades or PCAT scores to e-submit your PharmCAS application. Attend a UK COP Advising Session to receive information about the application and interview process. Please review Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's).
PharmCAS Application AND UK Supplemental Applications are due:
Early Decision: September 8, 2015 (Learn more about Early Decision if UK is your top choice! Highly recommended!)
Regular Decision: March 1, 2016 (Students are encouraged to apply July-September or as soon as possible thereafter.)
Step 2: Complete UK Supplemental Application & Download Prerequisite Course Checklist by deadline (available mid-August)
The UK Supplemental Application will become available mid-August. We will make an announcement via our website, the prepharmacy listserv, and the Facebook page for UK College of Pharmacy Admissions & Prepharmacy when the application is available.
Students are encouraged to complete the UK COP Supplemental Application by the end of August of the year prior to intended entrance. The Supplemental Application will be posted on the UK COP Admissions web site from mid-August through March 1, 2016. Applicants cannot be considered without online submission of a UK Supplemental Application. Mailed applications will not be accepted. Submit supplemental fee payment ($80.00)* online using a credit card, MasterCard or Visa (checks not accepted). Use the STATUS link on the PharmCAS application to verify receipt of your Supplemental Application 7-10 business days after your PharmCAS verification date.
*The Supplemental Fee may be waived for students who are granted a PharmCAS Fee Waiver. Please contact Candace Smigla for further information.
Upon pressing SUBMIT on the UK COP Supplemental Application, a page will appear with a link to the Prerequisite Course Checklist form. Download and save the form immediately before proceeding.
Students must download, complete and submit the Prerequisite Course Checklist form which will be provided to you in a link immediately after you submit the UK Supplemental Application. After downloading and saving the form, enter your UK COP prerequisite courses and associated information. Students should plan to submit this form within 48 hours of submitting the Supplemental Application, or as soon as possible thereafter. Students should evaluate completion of UK COP prerequisites by utilizing the UK Courses from Other Colleges resource page. Applicants cannot be considered for an interview without online submission of the Prerequisite Checklist form. Use the Supplemental Items link on your PharmCAS application to verify receipt of your completed form 7-10 business days after your PharmCAS verification date.
Only competitive applicants are invited to interview. Interview selection is based on a holistic review of the application file when it is received. To be considered for an interview, it is strongly suggested that applicants apply July-September or as soon as possible thereafter. Interviewees will be invited via email approximately 2 weeks in advance of the below 2015-2016 interview dates. Approximately 250 students were interviewed last year.
Early/Regular Decision Interviews: October 2 & 5 (any remaining interview seats will be filled by Regular Decision applicants)
Regular Decision Interviews: November 14 & 16, January 15 & 16, February 19 & 20, and March 21 (All interview dates are tentative.)
Step 5: Complete PharmCAS Academic Update Window in early December
PharmCAS requires students to submit updated fall transcripts, enter updated fall grades and anticipated spring courses during the Academic Update Window beginning mid-December. Students should request for these transcripts to be mailed by their Registrar's office immediately after final grades are posted in December (mark hold for fall grades). The Admissions Committee needs the updated information by early-January to be considered for a January, February, or March interview. Since in December it takes PharmCAS approximately 4-6 weeks to verify transcripts,your updated transcript may not be included in the decision-making process regarding interview selection if you wait until PharmCAS' February deadline to submit the Academic Update.
Students can be notified of their admission decision via email within several weeks or several months after their interview date, given the rolling admissions process. The UK COP Admissions Office will provide you with an update after each Admissions Committee meeting (October-April). The majority of admission decisions are made October-April. All students admitted will be conditionally admitted until they have met several requirements (Criminal Background Check, Final Transcript Submission, Coursework Completion, etc.). Conditionally accepted students are expected to maintain their GPA from the time of application and report any academic or law charges/offenses within 10 days, in writing, which occur prior to matriculation.
Questions? Contact the University of Kentucky Pre-Pharmacy Advisor.