How to apply, what to expect, and what you need to know about applying to UCSOP
At the UC School of Pharmacy, it’s not about your score or grades… it’s about your dream.
There are many factors to succeeding in pharmacy school, and every pharmacy student is different.
While grades and test scores can be important, we prefer to take a more holistic approach – a broader view of everything you have done, what your goals are, and how passionate you are about pursuing a career in Pharmacy.
If pharmacy is your dream, talk to us. We can’t make any guarantees of course, but if you think you can’t get accepted to pharmacy school because of your test scores or your grades, find out more about us… so we can find out more about you.
PCAT, GRE, MCAT or DAT scores accepted
No Supplemental Application fee required
Not quite ready for Pharmacy School? Learn more about our undergraduate Pre-Pharmacy or Pharmacy Direct programs to start you on your path.
To be considered for admission, an applicant must:
- Submit a PharmCAS application
- Take the Pharmacy College Admission Test (PCAT)
- Successfully complete, with a C- or above, the required prerequisite course work.
- The PCAT must have been taken within 3 years of the date of application.
While a GPA of 2.75 or above and a composite PCAT score of 50 or above are considered competitive, all applications are individually reviewed. The Medical College Admission Test (MCAT), Dental Admission Test (DAT) or Graduate Records Examination (GRE) may be considered in lieu of the PCAT exam. Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit their application materials early in the fall semester prior to the year they plan to enroll in the pharmacy program.
Students who are interested in committing to the pharmacy program early in the application cycle may apply through the PharmCAS Early Decision program. This is a binding option for candidates who have selected the UCSOP program as their first choice for pharmacy school.
The Early Decision deadline is in early September and candidates are encouraged to consult the PharmCAS website for additional information. All University of Charleston Pharmacy Direct Students are required to apply through the PharmCAS Early Decision program.
We are excited that you are considering the University of Charleston School of Pharmacy! To help you move quickly through the application process please use the following checklist to ensure your application is complete.
The University of Charleston School of Pharmacy (UCSOP) operates on a rolling admissions process with interviews spanning from early-October through late-March, or until all positions are filled. Applications are accepted from PharmCAS and through the UCSOP Supplemental Application web link. You must complete both of these applications in order to be considered for admission.
UCSOP participates in the PharmCAS Early Decision process. We strongly encourage applicants to consider applying Early Decision.
Complete your PharmCAS application by June 1 of your application cycle. If you are participating in the Early Decision program, your application must complete and submitted via PharmCAS by the Early Decision Deadline set by PharmCAS.
Submit your completed Supplemental Application and payment online by June 1.
Ensure that all transcripts with documentation of your completed pre-pharmacy course work, Pharmacy College Admission Test (PCAT) scores, and two letters of recommendation have been submitted to PharmCAS for verification. One letter must be from a faculty member.
Once you have successfully moved through the application process, the Office of Professional and Student Affairs will notify qualified applicants of the opportunity to interview for a position available in the incoming class. To be considered competitive, we recommend an applicant have a 2.75 minimum grade point average (any grade lower than a C for pre-requisite course work will not be accepted) and a competitive PCAT score (50 or higher). PCAT tests must have been taken within 3 years of the date of application. Applicants must successfully complete the application and interview process in order to be considered for admission.
If you have questions about the application process, please contact Ms. Stacie Geise, Director of Enrollment and Admissions:
Ms. Stacie Geise
University of Charleston School of Pharmacy
Office of Professional and Student Affairs
2300 MacCorkle Ave, SE
Charleston, West Virginia 25304
304-357-4889 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Through the PharmCAS Early Decision program, you can save time and money. Best of all, you secure your seat i our program before the rest of the applicant pool is even considered.
If you’re admitted through the Early Decision Program to the UC School of Pharmacy, you can:
- Waive the $1,000 seat deposit fee
- Waive ALL 501L orientation fees – including fees for course manuals, your white coat, name badge, blood pressure cuff and stethoscope
- If you live in a surrounding state, you are guaranteed one of our Regional Tuition Scholarships, saving you $4,750 in your tuition (States include Kentucky, Maryland, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia, Washington, D.C., and West Virginia.)
- You are guaranteed a reservation in East Apartments – our graduate-level apartment building located across the street from the School of Pharmacy.
The window for Early Decision generally closes in early September, so check the PharmCAS website to get the upcoming date. We encourage you to submit your PharmCAS application and order all transcripts by mid-August to ensure they meet this deadline.
Visit www.pharmcas.org to start your application today
For more information or to request your Early Decision Guide, please contact us at 304-357-4889 or email@example.com
Accepted international students should follow the requirements for admission with the additional requirements below.
- Prior to initiating the I-20 form, the University of Charleston must receive full tuition deposit.
- Once the deposit is confirmed, a designated school official will initiate the I-20 form.
- When the I-20 is issued in SEVIS, you will be contacted by the designated school official to proceed in requesting your I-20 delivery. Admissions Office requires that you use University Express Mail Service to have your I-20, acceptance letter, and admissions packet be sent to you. Please note that requesting your immigration documents through University Express Mail Service is at YOUR expense. This service uses DHL and FedEx both of which require payment by credit card (Visa, Mastercard or Discover cards only).
You will be required to create your own user name and password in order to create an account. To request shipment, you will need your mailing address, e-mail address, phone number and credit card information. You may request shipment either to your foreign address or to a U.S. contact address. If your I-20 will be sent to a U.S. contact address, please include the name of the person who lives at that address. Please pay close attention to the information submitted, as errors in the credit card information or submitting incorrect or incomplete address information will result in a delay in the mailing of your I-20.
If you experience any difficulty in registering and processing the shipment, please use the “Help” link in the site for step by step instructions. If you have additional questions about how to use this service, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or go to eShipGlobal, Inc. Schedule your visa interview with the United States Consular. (Canadian residents do not need a visa, so no interview is required). For detailed information about the visa process, including a list of required documents and fees, please go to http://travel.state.gov/visa/temp/types/types. Feel free to ask if you have any questions.
The University of Charleston requires that the student’s remaining cost of attendance be paid in full no later than the first day of class.
For more information regarding I-20’s or other immigration requirements, please contact
Director of International & ESL Programs
2300 MacCorkle Avenue, SE
Charleston, West Virginia 25304
The pre-pharmacy course requirements have been established to ensure that applicants who enter the professional program will have the knowledge necessary to succeed. The pre-pharmacy coursework must be successfully completed, grade C or higher, prior to the beginning of the professional coursework. Additionally, all pre-pharmacy coursework must have been completed within the past seven years.
Appeals to this course work timeline must be submitted in writing to the Assistant Dean for Professional and Student Affairs.