Steps to Admission

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Step 1:

Complete all the academic and experiential requirements outlined in How To Qualify.

Step 2:

Before the application deadline for the year you want to enroll, complete the UA College of Pharmacy online application. (There is no paper application.)

The deadline for submission for admission to Fall Semester 2018 is Dec. 1, 2017, 5 p.m. Mountain Standard Time.

We encourage you to submit your application well before the deadline. This allows both you and your recommenders time to overcome any technical difficulties or other delays. Recommenders cannot complete their online reference until you have submitted your application. Unfortunately, each year some candidates are denied admission because recommenders do not submit their evaluation before the recommendation deadline.

Be sure to account for the Thanksgiving holiday in your scheduling. Admission staff will not available for questions over holidays and weekends. Apply early!

Standard IconBREAKING NEWS: The college now offers early admission to those Standard path applicants who wish to know sooner if they have been accepted to our program. The application for admission will open to all applicants around Aug. 1, 2017. Applications that are completed by 5 p.m. Mountain Standard Time on Sept. 15, 2017 will be considered for early admission. Qualified applicants using the Standard path will be interviewed in October, November and December, with an admission decision determined soon thereafter. The applicant must have taken the PCAT by July 2017 or have a preliminary PCAT score from September 2017 to be eligible.

Step 3:

Within 10 days of submitting your application, mail the $65 nonrefundable application fee to the college.

  • Applicants using the Standard path should make their check or money order payable to College of Pharmacy, The University of Arizona; Applicants using the International with Pharmacy Degree path should make an international money order in U.S. dollars payable to the College of Pharmacy, The University of Arizona.
  • Write your application confirmation number on the check or money order
  • Mail to:

Admissions Coordinator
UA College of Pharmacy
PO Box 210202
Tucson AZ 85721-0202

Step 4:

Contact the people who are your recommenders and make sure they submit their online recommendations via the college's application before the stated deadline. For applicants who submit their applications by Sept. 15 for early admission, the deadline for recommendations is no later than Sept. 30, 2017. For applicants who submit applications between Sept. 15 and Dec. 1, the deadline for recommendations is no later than Dec. 15, 2017. Recommenders must submit their recommendation after you submit your application and before the appropriate deadline. (See the application instructions (link is external) for more details.) Monitor the status of your recommendations from your application status page. (link is external)

Step 5:

If you are submitting before the Sept. 15 early admission deadline, you will have to include the PCAT score with your application. (September 7-9 Preliminary PCAT scores will be accepted - enter your official scores when you receive them). If you are submitting after Sept. 15, are taking the PCAT in October or November and do not have the results when you submit your application, enter your PCAT scores by updating your application status page before Dec. 15, 2017.

Step 6:

Standard IconIf you are taking PharmD prerequisite coursework when you apply (either under the early admission deadline of Sept. 15, 2017 or at the Dec. 1, 2017 deadline), enter your grades for any courses you completed during Fall Semester 2017 before the grade deadline of 5 p.m. MST Dec. 31, 2017.

Step 7:

After you submit your application, remember to monitor your application status page. This is where we will notify you of changes in your admission status (you will be invited to interview or be denied).

As stated above, interview dates for those seeking early admission will be in October, November and December. Interview dates for other candidates are during January and February. Invitations to interview will be posted on your status page two weeks before the interview date. If you are invited to interview, you must complete the interview day to move forward in the admission process.

If you are not invited to interview, your application status page will show that you have been denied admission. You may reapply in the next year or later.

Step 8:

Standard IconOfficial transcripts from all institutions you have attended will be required.

1. If you have completed taking courses at a college or university, please send your transcript when you submit your application to the address below.

2. If you are currently taking courses at an institution(s), please mail your transcripts to the address below after fall semester 2017 grades are posted.

3. If you are admitted or placed on the alternate list and are taking courses at an institution(s) in the spring semester, please mail your transcripts to the address below after spring grades are posted. We ask you to complete this by June 1, 2018, but we understand some of you may be in quarter system schools and you will need to mail them later.

Admissions Coordinator
UA College of Pharmacy
PO Box 210202/ 1295 N. Martin Ave.
Tucson, AZ 85721-0202

IWPD icon1. The UA College of Pharmacy will accept foreign course evaluations from World Education Services (WES) only. The coursework and transcript evaluation must be sent electronically from WES directly to the College of Pharmacy.  See the specific instructions for ordering your coursework evaluation on the Just for International Pharmacist Applicants page.

Step 9

Here's what will happen on interview day:

  • A short orientation
  • A one-on-one interview with a pharmacy faculty member or a practitioner
  • Writing an impromptu essay
  • Tour and showcase, including meeting with current PharmD students
  • A reception with time for questions

Step 10:

Monitor your application status page. That is where you will receive notice of the Admission Committee's decision. The page will indicate whether you have been offered admission, offered a place on the list of alternates for admission, or denied admission. This notification typically occurs shortly after you interview.

Step 11:

If you are offered admission and you accept, your application status page will guide you through the tasks needed (fingerprint clearance, Graduate College enrollment, domicile affidavit, parking, registration, immunization, orientation week, etc.) right up to your first day of class!

Questions about the process? Contact the admissions staff at the college:


Photo caption: Members of the Class of 2015 following their White Coat Ceremony


Standard icon= Applies only to those using the Standard admissions path

International icon= Applies only to those using the International Pharmacist path






Originally posted: July 29, 2014
Last updated: June 27, 2017
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