For all steps in the application process, it is your responsibility to follow all instructions and meet all deadlines. Failure to do so might result in your application being canceled. It is highly recommended that you apply early to ensure that all of your application materials are received by the December deadline.
Preparing to complete the Application
We recommend that you review the application process completely before entering data or filling out forms so that you’re aware of all the information you need to gather and how much time the entire process will take. Visit the PharmCAS Web site at www.pharmcas.org and review the “Before You Apply” tab. Then review the Checklist, PharmCAS Instructions, and the Applicant Code of Conduct links. Review the time line for the application process: Admissions Calendar
Complete Pre-professional Courses and Minimum Eligibility Requirements: Math & Science course requirements must be completed by the end of spring term of year of admission and all other courses must be completed before the fall term. NOTE: Early Decision applicants must have all of the preprofessional required course work completed and letter grades recorded on official transcripts by the PharmCAS Early Decision deadline of September 9, 2016.
Register to take the PCAT (Pharmacy College Admission Test): Visit the PCAT web site for registration deadlines for test dates and register as early as possible since the test sites have a limited number of examinee seats for each exam date. Register to take the PCAT (recommended test dates include July and/or September, October/November) and have your scores sent to PharmCAS, code 104. Applications are not complete until PCAT scores are received. Only completed applications are eligible for review for an interview invitation. NOTE: January PCAT scores will not be received until after interviews are offered.
Completing the Application Process
The application process consists of 2 applications. Both applications are required.
PharmCAS (Pharmacy College Application Service): This is a service that enables you to generate one primary application that can be submitted to multiple PharmD degree programs. For the University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy the application must be electronically submitted on or before midnight Eastern Standard Time on December 1.
To eliminate any unforeseen problems, it is recommended that you submit your application early; i.e., November 1. This will ensure eligibility to update fall grades and if any issues arise, they can be investigated and resolved before the December deadline.
Supplemental Application: This is an online application that the University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy requires. The supplemental application must be submitted online by January 5. A supplemental application fee of $65.00 must be submitted to the School of Pharmacy via credit card, check or money order by January 5. Check or money order must be made payable to the University of Pittsburgh and mailed to:
University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy
Curran Center for Pharmacy Students
3501 Terrace Street
904 Salk Hall
Pittsburgh PA 15261
It is beneficial to submit an application early so that any problems or discrepancies can be resolved before the deadline. NOTE: Late supplemental applications are not accepted under any circumstances.
After electronically submitting the PharmCAS application and the Supplemental application and fee for the PharmD program, there are follow-up steps that applicants must address to be certain that all the required documents (such as transcripts to PharmCAS) have been received on time.
Please utilize the PharmCAS status tool that provides information on the following:
- GPA calculation,
- Date PCAT scores are received,
- Date transcripts are received,
- Date payment is received, and
- Date references are received, and
- Supplemental information