Thinking about applying Early Decision?

Here are answers to some common questions about the University of Charleston School of Pharmacy (UCSOP) Early Decision Program.

Q: Why should I apply Early Decision instead of Regular Decision?

  • You are competing in a much smaller pool of applicants.
  • Avoid the Waitlist – the later you apply, the greater chance you have of facing the dreaded waitlist.
  • Regular interview dates are limited and fill up fast.
  • By applying through the Early Decision Program, you can sit back and relax during your last year of undergraduate work while your fellow classmates are stressing over the application process!

Q: Should I apply to other schools at the same time?

The Early Decision Program is a binding option and an applicant must enroll in UCSOP if admitted. An Early Decision applicant may only apply to one pharmacy school during this time.  If an applicant is not offered admission through the Early Decision program before the October deadline, they may begin applying to other schools at that time.

Q: What is the Early Decision application deadline?

The Early Decision Application deadline is September 3, 2013.

Q: What do I need to submit by the deadline?

  • Completed PharmCAS application that includes:
    • All official transcripts from every college/university you’ve attend
    • Official PCAT Scores – must take during or before July 2013
    • Two Letters of Reference (1 must be from a faculty member)

Q: What happens if I am missing something in my application and the deadline passes?

If all requirements are not received by the September 3rd deadline, PharmCAS will automatically change your status from an Early Decision Applicant to Regular Status.  Your application will not be reviewed by the UCSOP until all requirements have been received.

Q: When would I interview?

Interviews for Early Decision candidates will be held on September 20, 2013.

Q: How long does it take to find out if I am accepted for Early Decision admission?

All Early Decision Applicants will be notified of their admissions decision by the PharmCAS deadline (October 2013).

Q: What happens next if I am accepted?

If you are accepted through the Early Decision Program, you will be required to submit a non-refundable $1,000 Early Decision Tuition Deposit.  This amount can be split into two $500 payments.  The first payment will be due within one week of your notification of acceptance.  The second $500 payment will be due by May 1, 2014.

Q: Can I change my mind after I am accepted for Early Decision?

A student who is accepted through the Early Decision Process is not eligible to apply to any other PharmCAS pharmacy school during that admissions cycle.

Q: Who do I contact if I have a question about my application or the Early Decision process?

Office of Professional & Student Affairs

304-357-4889

pharmacy@ucwv.edu

or –

Stacie Geise

Admissions Specialist

304-357-4889

staciegeise@ucwv.edu

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