Students are admitted only at the start of the academic year. The Admissions Committee will begin reviewing applications for Early Decision in August. All complete applications for Early Decision will be reviewed and decisions will be made by the end of October. Since applications are reviewed in the order in which they are received, it is advantageous to submit your application materials as early as possible, provided you have completed at least two years of college course work.
It is not necessary to have taken the PCAT (Pharmacy College Admission Test) before you submit your application, however the Admissions Committee could wait to make a decision on your application until your PCAT scores have been received.
Applicants must have earned a creditable average ("C" or better) overall, and specifically in the prerequisite courses, to meet minimum academic requirements for admission. Proficiency in chemistry, math and the biological sciences is especially valued.
If you are interested in the early decision option for admission to the VCU School of Pharmacy, you must submit the electronic application and official transcripts from all of your postsecondary institutions to PharmCAS.
If your materials are not received or your application is incomplete by the deadline, you will not be eligible for early decision and will be deferred to regular admission status.
If you choose the early decision option and are accepted, you are expected to make a commitment to attend the school. If an early decision acceptance offer is not made, you will be moved to regular admission status and your application will continue to be evaluated during the remainder of the admission cycle. You are free to apply to other pharmacy schools under the regular admission procedure.
If you are not pursuing the early decision option for admission, you must submit the electronic application, letters of reference and transcripts to PharmCAS by the deadline specified for VCU. If you do not meet PharmCAS deadlines, you will not be eligible for admission to the Pharm.D. program for the upcoming year.
You must submit three letters of references via PharmCAS. Please visit the VCU School of Pharmacy page on PharmCAS for information on acceptable sources of reference letters.
An official transcript from every college or university you have attended must be submitted directly to PharmCAS. You will not need to send official transcripts to the VCU School of Pharmacy until you are accepted into the Pharm.D. program. If you are offered admission, instructions for submitting transcripts to VCU will be provided with your acceptance letter.
Your Pharmacy College Admission Test (PCAT) results must be submitted to PharmCAS -- use PharmCAS Code 104 -- before a final decision can be made on your application. It is recommended that you take the PCAT in October (or earlier) of the year preceding your intended enrollment in the school. If necessary, you can retake the PCAT in January to improve test scores. You may register for the PCAT online. A free PCAT practice test can be found here.
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If your first language is a language other than English and you have lived in the United States fewer than 10 years OR if you have a deficiency in English, you must submit an acceptable score on the TOEFL iBT (Test of English as a Foreign Language – internet Based Test) to PharmCAS. Use PharmCAS Code 8246 for test results; minimum suggested score for the TOEFL iBT is 100. If you have taken the TOEFL pBT (paper Based Test), contact VCU for TOEFL and TSE (Test of Spoken English) requirements.
An invitation to interview will be offered at the discretion of the VCU School of Pharmacy Admissions Committee. Interviews for candidates pursuing the early decision option will be arranged before the end of October. Candidates for regular admission who are invited for an interview will be asked to select an interview date from selected Saturdays during the fall and spring semesters.
Your interview will include a formal interview with School of Pharmacy faculty, students and alumni. You will be asked to write an extemporaneous essay on an assigned topic, and a tour of the school and the Medical College of Virginia Campus will be provided. An on-campus interview is mandatory to be considered for admission.