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APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS

APPLICATION IS OPEN FOR FALL 2018 CYCLE!

EARLY DECISION DEADLINE IS SEPTEMBER 5, 2017.

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Application Instructions Listed Below:

Contact Information for PharmCAS:

Regular Mail: Express/Overnight:
PharmCAS
P.O. Box 9109
Watertown, MA 02471
PharmCAS - Liason International
311 Arsenal Street, Suite 15
Watertown, MA 02472

 

Contact Information for Pacific:

Regular Mail or Express/Overnight Mail:
Office of Admission
University of the Pacific
3601 Pacific Avenue
Knoles Hall- Pharmacy Processing
Stockton, CA 95211

 

Pacific will use your preferred address, phone number, and e-mail  provided to PharmCAS to contact you.  Please be sure to notify PharmCAS if your contact information has changed since it was reported.  Contact information that your change directly with Pacific does not update the information uploaded into our computer system from PharmCAS.

Application and eligibility requirements

Students who have completed, or have a plan in place to complete, all of the pre-pharmacy requirements prior to entering our program are eligible to apply. Online coursework is not acceptable for science requirements or public speaking.

You have through the summer prior to entrance to complete your pre-requisites, with the exception of organic chemistry.  We must have a grade for the first semester of organic chemistry no later than the fall. Pre-pharmacy requirements in the following areas must be repeated if it has been longer than 7 years: biology and organic chemistry.  It is recommended that all science requirements be completed at a 4 year institution.

Check the transferable course link found on our webpage at:  www.pacific.edu/pharmd for assistance in determining if you have met the requirements. 

Transcript Requirements for both U.S. and International Transcripts

You must send one official transcript from all U.S. accredited schools attended to PharmCAS. Send through summer 2017 if available.  If not, summer session and fall grades will need to be updated through PharmCAS after grades are posted. Do not wait to apply and do not neglect to send what is available due to summer session enrollment.

You must send an official copy of the International Credential Advantage Package (ICAP) if you have previous study outside of the United States to PharmCAS.  This ICAP package will include an evaluation and verification of your international transcript(s).  All international transcripts must be evaluated unless you enrolled through a study abroad program through a U.S. Institution.

You must send an official copy of the ACE transcript and DD214 form directly to Pacific if you completed coursework in the military.

You must send one official transcript from U.S. schools which are not regionally accredited (vocational, technical, language schools) to Pacific.

You should send transcripts and evaluations as SOON as you begin your application!

Recommendations

Recommendations should be sent to PharmCAS using the PharmCAS LOR's. We require two LOR rating forms.  One MUST be from a professor from a school you attended within the last three years.  If you have been out of school for over three years, you may substitute the academic recommendation with one from a supervisor. The other recommendation may be from anyone you choose, as long as the person is not a family member.  Pacific highly recommends you choose a pharmacist to recommend you; however, a pharmacist recommendation is not a requirement. If you need to have one sent directly to Pacific, please contact Veronica Semler: vsemler@pacific.edu for a copy of the form.

TOEFL

If your native language is not English, you may be required to submit an appropriate TOEFL exam.  Students who have lived in the United States for more than six years and earned a U.S. bachelor's degree are automatically exempt. Students who have enrolled in four years of academic coursework with no ESL courses are also typically exempt.  All non-native English speakers who do not meet the above exemptions are REQUIRED to submit a minimum score:  Paper 550; Internet 80; Computer 213. Select PharmCAS Code 104 to report scores directly to PharmCAS.

Copy of Permanent Resident Card

If you are a permanent resident, please copy both the front and back of your permanent resident card and upload it in the document section of the supplemental application.

Visa Information

If you are in the process of applying for permanent residency or you are applying/approved DACA, please upload a copy of your latest correspondence with USCIS in the document section of the supplemental application.

International Students

You must provide the following documents.  You will be able to list your international address on our question page and upload forms from the document page of the supplemental application:

  • Funding Letter/Certification of Finances
  • Statement of Financial Responsibility Form and Affidavit of Support Form
  • Copy of I-20 and I-94 forms
  • Copy of Passport Biographical page
  • Physical foreign address

AP/IB/CLEP Test scores

We only require test scores if you use the exam to fulfill a pre-requisite.  Please list the name of the exam and score on your pre-requisite checklist.  If admitted, you will be required to send an official copy of the score report at that time.

Supplemental Essays

Essay One

Please answer the following: Have you ever been in a situation where you felt you needed to modify or change your behavior? How did you know and what did you do? How have you been able to take lessons learned from that situation and apply them to another? (500 - 700 words submitted electronically as part of your supplemental application)

Essay Two

Please explain briefly why you wish to attend the University of the Pacific. You may also include an explanation of any extenuating circumstances (if any) you would like us to take into consideration. (no minimum or maximum limit submitted electronically as part of your supplemental application)

Planned Courses Form

You are required to complete the planned courses form found in the Document Section of the PharmCAS application and it is required to be uploaded there after it is completed.  Please do not handwrite the information into the form.  The form is fillable and you should type in the information.

Pre-requisite Checklist of Requirements

You must complete the pre-requisite checklist, listing the courses you completed or plan to complete that meet our requirements.  All pre-requisites must be completed prior to entering our program.  You have through the summer prior to entrance to complete all courses.  The link to download the form is in the Document Section of the PharmCAS application and it is required to be uploaded there after it is completed. Please do not handwrite the information into the form.  The form is fillable and you should type in the information.

Educational Background Chart

This chart must account for every school attended, beginning with your senior year of high school.  All schools, whether U.S. or international must be listed. Please see the sample form that we have made available on our website:  www.pacific.edu/pharmd. If your form is not completed properly, your application will not be considered complete and the review of your file may be delayed.  The link to download the form is in the Document Section of the PharmCAS application and it is required to be uploaded there after it is completed. Please do not handwrite the information into the form. It is fillable and you should type in the information.

Resume

Please provide the requested information in the order listed below on your resume. There is no page limit requirement. The committee would like to be aware of all extracurricular activities, work experience, leadership roles, community service, pharmacy experience, and volunteer positions you have participated in. Please provide a listing of:  name of organization, duties, responsibilities, dates, and a contact person who can verify. If a contact person is no longer available, please list the activity with the notation that contact is not available. Please do not list the same activities multiple times. For example, if you were a member of a club and you were also in a leadership position, list your involvement under "Leadership." An example of the resume is available online at: www.pacific.edu/pharmd.  The order we would like you to follow is listed below.  You will be able to upload this form in the Document Section of the PharmCAS application.

I. Education

II. Work Experience

III. Leadership Roles

IV. Extra-Curricular

V. Volunteer Positions

VI. Other

Background Check

All applicants to the pharmacy school are informed that in order to qualify for consideration for clinical placements, he or she may be required to authorize the completion of a lawful criminal background check by signing authorization within ten days of an offer of admission. All applicants are informed that he or she may also be required to self-report accurate information on criminal history.

Decisions as to final admission into the program and possible assignment to clinical placements may be based upon the information thereby obtained. The cost of the criminal background check may be the responsibility of the student.

Submitting the Application

Digital Signature is required. By electronically submitting your supplemental application, you have digitally acknowledged that the information you have provided is accurate and complete to the best of your knowledge and you have attended no institutions other than those listed in the application.

Honor Code

Established in 1958, the Honor code is intended to maintain and preserve the high standards of personal character and ethical behavior vital in academic pursuits. The success of the Honor Code is made possible only with the acceptance and cooperation of every student. We fully expect that every University student will join with us in maintaining the principle and tradition of the Code in all aspects of college life. Applicants for admission to the University are asked to recognize the responsibilities of the Code and to accept its principles. Your submission of the application form indicates that you agree to uphold the principles of the Code. For more information, please see the Tiger Lore and the Pacific Guide.

Non-Discrimination

University of the Pacific does not discriminate in the administration of any of its educational programs, admissions, scholarships, loans, athletics or other University activities or programs on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin, handicap, sexual orientation or preference, sex or age. This notice is given pursuant to the requirements of Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1971, title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and amendments and other laws, orders, and regulations governing discrimination. University of the Pacific has designated the Director of Human Resources to coordinate the University's effort to comply with laws, orders, and regulations, governing discrimination. Any person having a complaint should contact, in writing: Director of Human Resources, University of the Pacific, 3601 Pacific Avenue, Stockton, CA 95211.

PharmCAS will hold all applications until they are completed. It is your responsibility to make sure they receive all required documents no later than the final deadline date and by 12:00 midnight EST (9:00 p.m. PST) Students who have questions regarding the status of their PharmCAS application should contact PharmCAS directly at PharmCAS Hotline: 617-612-2050 (TTY Phone: 617-612-2060), Email, or the web site: http://www.pharmcas.org.

For further information about the Doctor of Pharmacy Admissions application process, e-mail Veronica Semler.