PharmD Admission Process: Important Notes

Important Notes (part 3 of 4)

Admissions Process

• 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 February.
• Early Decision Admission
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 5.  All materials applications and application materials must be submitted by the September 5 Early Decision deadline. If you’ve met the minimum GPA requirement for admission (an overall cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 or 3.2 over the most recent 60 semester credits), you will be guaranteed an interview if you apply as an Early Decision applicant
• 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.
• 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.
• 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 during the first semester of the PharmD program. Admission for Fall 2018 requires a minimum of 72 pre-pharmacy credits.
• Reserved Rights
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.
• GPA Requirements
Applicants must have a minimum GPA of 3.00 OR 3.20 over the most recent 60 semester credits to qualify to apply. PharmCAS calculates the overall GPA for each candidate. This GPA may not exactly match the GPA(s) reported by your college or university. Note that the historic average GPA for admitted students is 3.4 to 3.6, but the typical range is 2.8 to 4.0.
Applicants interested in the PharmD program must take the PCAT prior to the application deadline. More information about the PCAT including test dates and registration deadlines can be found at: PCAT scores over 3 years old will not be accepted. For example, PCAT scores older than January 2015 are not acceptable for Fall 2018 admission. The School of Pharmacy will receive scores for each PCAT examination you take and will consider the highest composite and associated sub scores for decisions regarding admission. There is no penalty for taking the PCAT multiple times. Currently there is no minimum PCAT score required. PCAT scores below the 50% will be viewed with particular concern by the Admissions Committee. The average composite PCAT score for the most recently admitted group of students was 79%.
• 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)
• Technical Standards
Please read the Technical Standards requirements for the UW-Madison PharmD Program.
• Computer Requirements
Please review the Computer Requirements for the UW-Madison PharmD Program.
• 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 (UIC) College of Pharmacy
  • 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.