Application Cycle

Application Cycle

The PharmCAS application cycle begins in mid July 2017 for Fall 2018 enrollment. You may start your PharmCAS application as soon as it is available. The Early Decision deadline is September 5, 2017. The first regular application deadline date  is November 1, 2017 and the last regular application deadline is March 1, 2018. The PharmCAS application cycle for the 2018 Entering Class will officially close on June 1, 2018, unless otherwise announced. PharmCAS will begin to forward complete applications to Pharm.D. programs in August 2017. Participating Pharm.D. programs will report admission decisions to applicants and PharmCAS throughout the application cycle

What Happens Next?

Review the PharmCAS Checklist to ensure you have fulfilled all requirements. PharmCAS will consider your application complete and begin to process it once the following materials are received:

  • Complete PharmCAS application
  • Sealed official transcripts mailed directly from every regionally accredited U.S. postsecondary degree program attended *, AND
  • The correct PharmCAS application fee

Also send letters of reference, foreign transcript evaluation reports, and test scores (PCAT and TOEFL) to PharmCAS by the application deadline, if required by your designated Pharm.D. program.

Your designated Pharm.D. programs may also require you to send additional fees and/or application materials directly to the Pharm.D. program, such as such as supplemental applications, references, and official transcripts. Failure to submit all required materials as instructed may jeopardize your eligibility for admission consideration.


PharmCAS will process your application once you submit your completed application, required fee, and all official transcript(s) to the Service. PharmCAS processing may take up to four weeks once all required materials are received.

Once your application is complete, PharmCAS will verify the accuracy of your application materials, compare your original transcripts to the self-reported course information on your application, calculate your PharmCAS GPAs, and submit your application to each of your designated pharmacy degree programs.

PharmCAS will begin to forward complete applications to Pharm.D. programs by August of 2017. (PharmCAS will not determine if an applicant has met the minimum course requirements or is eligible for admission to a particular Pharm.D. program.) Your designated Pharm.D. program may contact you about your application within a few weeks after receiving your application or only after the Pharm.D. program deadline has passed, depending on the program’s policy.

Participating Pharm.D. programs will report admission decisions to applicants and PharmCAS throughout the application cycle.


Check your application status online! To view the real-time progress of your file, login to your PharmCAS application and click Check Status at the top of the application dashboard.

Do not call or email PharmCAS until you have read the instructions, checked your status online, reviewed your email account for any PharmCAS messages, and read the FAQ section.
If you still have questions, contact PharmCAS staff. Provide your PharmCAS ID Number and name in all communication. Allow up to 3 business days for PharmCAS to respond to your inquiry. PharmCAS will only discuss a file with an applicant and the applicant’s designated Pharm.D. programs. Staff will not discuss an application file with a parent, spouse, relative, friend, or employer. Hours: Monday-Friday (9am-5pm Eastern Time)

P.O. Box 9109
Watertown, MA 02471

*Email is the preferred contact method for PharmCAS customer service.

PharmCAS will make every attempt to process your application in a timely manner. At the same time, you are responsible for submitting your application and ALL other related materials to PharmCAS so they are received before the earliest deadline date established by your designated Pharm.D. programs. PharmCAS processing may take up to four weeks after your application, transcripts, and fee are received. PharmCAS is not responsible for any materials lost in the mail or for delays caused by the registrar’s office.


After the initial submission of your completed PharmCAS application, the only sections which can be updated are:

  • Edit Contact Information
  • Edit Profile Information (username, password, security question, etc.)
  • Add Pharmacy programs to apply to whose deadlines have not yet passed
  • Planned Coursework: One-time changes during the Fall Academic Update only.
  • New Fall Courses Completed: One-time changes during the Fall Academic Update only.
  • New Spring Courses Completed: One-time changes during the Spring Academic Update only.
  • Edit or delete a reference whose status remains INCOMPLETE, ADD NEW but CANNOT EDIT or DELETE test scores, experiences, achievements and certifications.
  • Edit Program Materials for schools you have NOT yet submitted to; programs you have already submitted to will be locked


You may withdraw your application if it does not yet have a Verified status, but no refunds will be issued for payments that were already submitted. Your application will be withdrawn from all programs; however, if you only want to withdraw from certain programs, contact those schools directly.

Withdrawal requests must be received in writing; requests are not accepted via telephone. To request a withdrawal, email Customer Service with your full name, PharmCAS ID, and the following statement:

“I authorize PharmCAS to withdraw my application from the 2017-2018 application cycle. Furthermore I understand that none of this information can be reactivated for a succeeding application cycle.”

Once your application has been Verified, it cannot be withdrawn via the online application. Contact your programs directly to withdraw your application.

You may not withdraw your application if you have received notice that your application is “on hold” because it is under consideration by the Conduct Review Committee for a potential violation of the PharmCAS Applicant Code of Conduct.


PharmCAS application fees are non-refundable. PharmCAS does not issue refunds for withdrawn applications or missed deadlines. PharmCAS does not issue refunds for any reason.


PharmCAS will not accept requests to substitute or delete Pharm.D. program choices or refund application fees. If after delivering your PharmCAS application, you wish to rescind your application to a particular Pharm.D. program, contact the program directly to remove your application from consideration.


You may apply to additional Pharm.D. programs after submission of your PharmCAS application. To apply to additional programs, log onto your PharmCAS application and designate additional Pharm.D. programs. Do NOT create a new PharmCAS application to add new designations. You may not have more than one PharmCAS application within an admissions cycle. If a second or duplicate account is accidentally created, please inform PharmCAS Customer Service so that they can merge your accounts. PharmCAS must receive the appropriate fee for each additional Pharm.D. program you select. You cannot apply to a particular Pharm.D. program after the school application deadline date has passed without receiving an individual deadline extension from the program.


On a dynamic basis, Pharm.D. programs will receive reports regarding the number of offers of admission made and number of offers of admission accepted for those applicants the Pharm.D. program shares with another Pharm.D. program. Your designated Pharm.D. program will know how many offers of admission you have received and how many offers of admission you have accepted at other Pharm.D. programs. Pharm.D. programs will not know how many applications you have submitted. They will also not know whether you were denied admission to another Pharm.D. program or be informed of any other admission actions made by other Pharm.D. programs, except offers of admission made or accepted.


You are encouraged to make a final decision related to your matriculation as soon as possible. It is your responsibility to adhere to any deadlines for acceptances established by the Pharm.D. programs to which you have been offered admission. You should refer to the appropriate Pharm.D. program page for instructions on deadlines, documents, and deposits that may be required to formally accept an offer of admission.

Pharm.D. programs establish their own policies for applicants who have accepted multiple offers of admission, and reserve the right to require that an accepted applicant formally decline other admission offers before finalizing their own offer. If you have questions, contact your selected degree programs directly.


Over the course of the application cycles until 2019-2020, schools will be voluntarily implementing the AACP Cooperative Admissions Guidelines. Please note not all schools will be participating in 2017-2018.

As per the guidelines, as an applicant you should respond promptly to a school or college’s invitation for interview. If you cannot appear for a previously scheduled interview, notify them immediately that you need to cancel via the school or college’s preferred method.

Prior to March 1:

  • In fairness to other applicants and pharmacy programs, if you have decided before March 1 not to attend a pharmacy school or college that has offered you admission, promptly withdraw your application from that (those) program(s) using the school or college’s preferred method.
  • You may choose to hold multiple acceptances until March 1.
  • When a school or college extends an offer of admission prior to March 1, a maximum $200 holding deposit may be required.
  • Schools and colleges may not require a second deposit prior to March 1. After March 1 they will set the dollar value for the second deposit, if applicable.

After March 1:

  • After March 1, you may hold only a single acceptance.
  • If you have accepted an admissions offer from more than one school, you must choose the school at which you will enroll by March 1.
  • By March 1, promptly withdraw your application from all other schools that offered you an acceptance using the school or college’s preferred method.
  • Additional admission offers may continue as needed after March 1.
  • If you receive and choose to accept an offer after March 1, you must rescind your acceptance at the school where you had previously accepted an offer prior to accepting the offer at the new school.

The voluntary Cooperative Admissions Guidelines are new in the 2017-2018 application cycle and not all PharmCAS programs have been able to implement them at this time. The 2019-2020 application cycle is the target for implementation by the majority of programs.


If you are offered and accept an offer of admission to a Pharm.D. program, you may be required to submit a second set of official transcripts from every college/university you have attended directly to the Pharm.D. program prior to matriculation. PharmCAS cannot forward transcripts to a Pharm.D. program to fulfill this institutional requirement.


PharmCAS Pharm.D. programs may continue to make offers of admission to wait-listed applicants up until the first day of class. A Pharm.D. program that has placed an applicant on a wait-list will not have access to that applicant’s admission status at other PharmCAS Pharm.D. programs. Wait-listed applicants should contact the appropriate Pharm.D. program directly for specific information on that Pharm.D. program’s wait-list policy.


Click here to view the PharmCAS “Step-by-Step” Checklist.

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