Letters of Reference
School Reference Requirements
Enter up to four (4) evaluator names on your PharmCAS application.
Evaluators can submit electronic letters of reference (eLORs)
or paper references to PharmCAS. Review the School Pages to learn the number and types
of evaluators required and not accepted by each institution.
PharmCAS will NOT determine if you have met the reference
requirements for a particular pharmacy school.
• PharmCAS will not forward references to pharmacy
schools that do not accept them.
• A few pharmacy schools prefer that applicants
send references directly to the institution. Review the
School Pages for details. PharmCAS will forward up to
four references to all of your designated pharmacy schools,
regardless of the school’s preference.
STRONGLY ENCOURAGE YOUR EVALUATORS
TO SEND ELECTRONIC LETTERS OF REFERENCE (eLORs) to
PharmCAS. Alert your evaluator to watch for an automated
email from PharmCAS with the subject "PharmCAS Reference
Request". PharmCAS will send you an e-mail confirmation when the rquest is sent to your evaluator's e-mail address.
Some email filters may interpret PharmCAS emails as "spam"
and automatically delete or route them to a “junk”
or “spam” folder. If your evaluator does not
receive an email from PharmCAS, ask your evaluator to check
all spam and junk email file folders or provide you with
an alternate email address.
Paper references take longer to duplicate and send to your designated pharmacy schools. If the evaluator does not have Internet access, login to your application and print the PharmCAS Evaluation Form. The evaluator should complete the paper form and attach it to a reference letter. Pharmacy schools may not accept paper references unless a completed form and letter are attached. PharmCAS does not verify your references are complete. Paper references must be mailed to PharmCAS in a sealed envelope on the evaluator's signed official institutional or business stationery. The letter of reference and PharmCAS reference form must arrive together in a single envelope. PharmCAS will not accept paper references mailed by applicants. Arrange for only one paper reference to be sent to PharmCAS per evaluator. PharmCAS will provide a copy of your paper reference to each of your designated pharmacy schools.
Committee and Composite Letters
Each of your designated pharmacy schools will decide whether a committee or composite letters may count as more than one reference. “Composite” letters typically represent a compilation of letters collected from various individuals. “Committee” letters generally represent a single letter with the collective thoughts of a group of designated individuals usually written by the chair or a designee. PharmCAS will accept the name of a college pre-health profession advisor in lieu of the evaluator(s).
Arrange for PharmCAS to RECEIVE all of your references by
the application deadline date set by your designated pharmacy
schools. Pharmacy schools may not consider applicants who
submit late materials. PharmCAS does NOT enforce reference
deadlines and will forward the references to your designated
schools even if they arrive late.
PharmCAS Mailing of References
PharmCAS will begin to forward your references to your designated
pharmacy schools once your file is complete. PharmCAS will
NOT hold your application for missing references.
Check Reference Status
You can check the status of your letters of reference at any time. To view the status of your
references, login to your PharmCAS web application and click on References in the Status Box found on the
right side of the screen.
Do NOT send more than four (4) references to PharmCAS.
Send any additional references directly to your designated
pharmacy schools. Pharmacy schools may not consider extra
PharmCAS will not verify an evaluator's identity. If a pharmacy school suspects an evaluation is falsified, the pharmacy school will contact the applicant or evaluator to investigate. PharmCAS will share any suspected cases of falsified evaluations reported by a pharmacy school with the applicant and the applicant's other designated pharmacy schools without comment regarding appropriate action. PharmCAS will not attempt to verify the accuracy of the school investigation results.
Editing Your List of References
If one or more of your evaluators is unresponsive or declines
your invitation to submit a letter of reference on your
behalf, you may edit your evaluator contact information
on your PharmCAS application before or after you e-submit
your application to PharmCAS. You cannot make edits to your
evaluator’s information once the evaluator’s
reference is received.
The Family Education Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA) gives applicants the right to access letters of reference written unless they choose to waive their right of inspection and review. Prior to requesting a reference from an evaluator, you are required to indicate whether you wish to waive your rights. PharmCAS will release your decision to waive or not waive access to this reference to your evaluator and your designated pharmacy schools. Pharmacy schools may interpret references as more honest and candid if you waive your right to see the letters. If you retain access, you may be asked to explain your reasons for your choice during interview(s).
In order for PharmCAS to process your letters of reference,
you must certify the following statements:
• I hereby give PharmCAS permission to contact
the evaluator below via email to request the completion
of the PharmCAS reference form and letter of reference.
If my evaluator does not submit a paper or online evaluation
form to PharmCAS in response to the email request, it
is my sole responsibility to contact the evaluator directly
to ensure all references required by my designated pharmacy
schools are received by the deadline.
• I understand that the pharmacy schools to which
I am applying may contact the evaluator either to verify
the information provided and/or for further clarification
of the information provided, and I hereby give permission
for the schools or PharmCAS to do so.
List of PharmCAS Questions for Evaluators
Do NOT print this page! The list of PharmCAS reference form questions is provided for informational purposes only. It is intended to help you select the evaluators who can best respond to these reference questions on your behalf. To submit the official PharmCAS reference forms, you MUST login to your PharmCAS web application and go to the "Reference" section.