Application Process

Required Application Materials (part 1 of 4)

All applicants must submit the following materials. Detailed information about these materials can be found in the section below.

  1. PharmCAS Application
  2. UW-Madison Application Processing Fee (submit $75 fee to UW-Madison)
  3. PCAT Exam (sent to PharmCAS)
  4. 3 Letters of Recommendation (sent to PharmCAS)
  5. Official College Transcripts (sent to PharmCAS)
  6. AP, IB and other Test Scores (score for each exam must be provided on the PharmCAS application)
  7. For Permanent Residents: (Non-U.S. citizens who have obtained permanent residency in the U.S.)
    Please mail or email a photocopy (front & back) of your Green Card to the School of Pharmacy.  If you choose to email the photocopy, please email it to
  8. For International Applicants: TOEFL Exam, Visa Documentation, Foreign Transcript Evaluation, & Financial Certification
  9. For Reapplicants: Information for Reapplicants


Another helpful resource to carry with you is our Fall 2020 Admissions Planning Guide.

PharmCAS Application

Candidates apply online via PharmCAS in the fall semester prior to the year in which they are seeking admission.  The deadline is February 3, 2020.  All college transcripts, letters of recommendation and PCAT scores should be sent to PharmCAS.  Applicants who are re-applying need to resubmit ALL application materials.  Application materials cannot be used from one year to the next;  however, some of your previous year’s data will be saved. Be sure to select the reapplication login when you begin your PharmCAS application. We encourage Fall 2020 applicants to complete the PharmCAS application as soon as possible because we use a rolling admissions process.  Interviews will begin in September. Applicants wishing to participate in the Early Decision admissions process should submit all application materials as soon as possible.  The application deadline for Early Decision admission is September 3, 2019.  All materials applications and application materials must be submitted by the September 3 Early Decision deadline.

UW-Madison Application Processing Fee

A UW-Madison application processing fee is required for all applicants.  The $75 application processing fee can be submitted via credit card or check. If paying by check, the non-refundable UW-Madison application processing fee must be sent directly to the UW–Madison School of Pharmacy in the form of check or money order made payable to the University of Wisconsin–Madison. The UW-Madison application processing fee is due on February 3, 2020.


The Pharmacy College Admission Test (PCAT) is required.  Scores must be sent to PharmCAS (code number 104).  We will not accept scores sent directly to the University of Wisconsin. Your PCAT exam must be taken no later than February of 2020 for Fall 2020 admission.  Pre-registration for the exam is required; please see dates listed on the PCAT website.  For Fall 2020 admission, PCAT scores must be from January 2017 or more recent.

3 Letters of Recommendation

Three PharmCAS letters of recommendation are required. You will need to designate your evaluators as part of your PharmCAS application.  All applicants must use PharmCAS recommendation forms.  PharmCAS recommendation forms for Fall 2020 admission will not be available until the PharmCAS application is available. Letter of recommendation requirements:

  • Three (3) letters on PharmCAS forms
  • One of the three letters must be from a college-level math or science instructor (professor, lecturer, teaching assistant)
  • One of the three letters must be from a non-classroom setting (work/volunteer supervisor)
  • The third letter can be from anyone EXCEPT:
    1. Politician
    2. Friend
    3. Family Member
    4. Co-Worker (equal in standing)

Official College Transcripts

All official transcripts must be sent to PharmCAS.  Transcripts sent to the University of Wisconsin during the application period WILL NOT be accepted.  Official transcripts from International colleges/universities will not be accepted.  International coursework must be evaluated by WES.  See the International Application section for additional information.

AP, IB and other Test Scores

If you wish to receive credit for AP or IB coursework, the coursework must be identified on one or more of your college transcripts (each AP exam must be transferred in as a course with credits on your current transcript).  AP credit will be granted for specific courses and prerequisite requirements if your current institution gave you specific course credit for the exam.  For example, if your current institution transferred an AP course/test score as General Chemistry I, we would honor that transfer.  You would be able to use your AP course for our General Chemistry I requirement. If your AP classes are not showing up on your current transcript, please contact UW–Madison Admissions. 

NOTE:  If your college transcripts do not list each course transferred in from your AP tests (for example, it just lists 20 AP credits), contact PharmCAS Customer Service about how to enter the scores, and email the School of Pharmacy Admissions Office ( to manually inform the school of your scores.  PLEASE DO NOT SEND SCORE REPORTS TO PHARMCAS.

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