PharmD Admission Process: Important Notes

Important Notes (part 3 of 4)

Admissions Options

• Early Decision Admission

The Early Decision process is a binding option for applicants who have decided that our pharmacy program is their first choice and they will enroll if accepted. As an Early Decision applicant, you can apply to only one pharmacy degree program. You will be guaranteed an interview as an Early Decision applicant if you have a 3.0 GPA or higher.  If you are denied admission through early decision, you will be allowed to apply to other pharmacy programs as a regular applicant. If you are placed on the wait list for our program as an early decision applicant, you will be moved to the regular applicant pool, which allows you to apply to other pharmacy programs while still being considered for admission to our program.

Applicants wishing to participate in the Early Decision admissions process should submit all application materials as early as possible, as PharmCAS can take up to 4 weeks to verify applications. The application deadline for Early Decision admission is in early September – all materials applications and application materials must be submitted by the Early Decision deadline.

• AACP Cooperative Admission Guidelines

In an effort to allow applicants the time and ability to explore multiple pharmacy programs, the following Big Ten programs are participating in the AACP Cooperative Admissions Guidelines (CAG’s):

  • Ohio State University
  • University of Illinois at Chicago
  • University of Iowa
  • University of Michigan
  • University of Minnesota
  • University of Nebraska
  • University of Wisconsin

There may be other programs participating in the CAGs; the PharmCAS School Pages provide a directory of programs.

  • Prior to March 1, these programs will not require a deposit of more than $200. Applicants to these programs may accept offers from multiple PharmD programs until March 1, at which point they may hold only one acceptance. If applicant hold more than one acceptance, programs may choose to rescind admission offers.
  • After March 1, applicants may continue to interview. If offered admission to a program after March 1, an applicant who had previously accepted another program’s offer must withdraw from that program in order to accept the new offer.
  • Be sure to check with each program on their specific deposit amounts and timelines.

Admissions Process

• GPA Requirements
The PharmD program does not have an explicit minimum GPA requirement. The GPA range for the entering class Fall 2019 was 2.8-4.0. The average GPA for the Fall 2019 entering class was a 3.5. PharmCAS calculates the overall GPA for each candidate. This GPA may not exactly match the GPA(s) reported by your college or university. For more information on how PharmCAS calculates your GPA, please review the PharmCAS instruction manual.
• Prerequisite Coursework
Application to the PharmD program may take place prior to the completion of required pre-pharmacy courses, but it is necessary that all required pre-pharmacy courses be completed prior to the beginning of classes in the School of Pharmacy.
All courses (including pre-pharmacy courses) that fulfill degree requirements must be taken for letter grades. Grade-point average calculations for admissions purposes include grades for all attempted courses, whether passed, failed, or repeated.
The Admissions Committee is concerned about mathematics and science course work that may have been completed more than ten years ago. Please consult with the Office of Admissions regarding your specific situation. Email or phone (608) 262-6234. While many of our program prerequisites can be completed outside of the United States, two course requirements must be completed at an accredited college/university within the United States: 1. Communication “A” (English Composition) 2. Ethnic Studies (United States Diversity Studies)
• Admission Interviews
Personal interviews will be required of all candidates. Candidates will be contacted via email within one month or once the Admissions Office has received a verified and complete application from PharmCAS. If an applicant is not selected for an interview, they will not continue on with the application process. Interviews will occur monthly between September and March.
• Financial Aid
All candidates who apply to the School of Pharmacy and who are U.S. citizens or eligible non-citizens should submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Visit the Financial Aid office.Students transferring less than 72 credits into the PharmD program will qualify for undergraduate-level aid the first semester of the PharmD program. These students will qualify for graduate-level financial aid after the completion of one semester of PharmD coursework.
• Fall Semester Only – Admission
Admission to the School of Pharmacy is for the Fall semester; admission is not granted for the Spring semester or the Summer session.
• Re-Applicants
A maximum of three (3) application attempts will be allowed. Students not accepted after their third application attempt will have to wait three (3) years to reapply.
• Applicant Contact Information
The School of Pharmacy uses email as the primary means of communicating with candidates. Please make sure emails are not filtered as SPAM in your email account. We will also send information to your mailing address, so please let us know if your address changes. The School of Pharmacy reserves the right to contact organizations, individuals, employers, and recommenders from information provided by the candidate in the application for admission.
• Nondiscrimination Policy
Federal and state laws provide separate prohibitions against discrimination that is based on race, color, creed, religion, sex, national origin or ancestry, age, or disability. State law additionally prohibits discrimination based on sexual orientation, arrest or conviction record, marital status, pregnancy, parental status, military status, or veteran status. The application of specific state prohibitions on discrimination may be influenced by an individual’s status as an employee or student.
• Technical Standards
Please read the Technical Standards requirements for the UW-Madison PharmD Program.