Some of you may be thinking to yourselves, “The admission cycle is coming to an end and I didn’t finish my application… There goes my dream of applying to the University of Charleston’s pharmacy program!”
Fear not, my friend. The University of Charleston School of Pharmacy has decided to extend its application period! Planning is essential, as there are a few hurdles applicants must clear before applying. Although the deadline has been set to June 1st, the applicant must have a profile with PharmCAS by May 18th. When the student is ready to submit their application, they can contact Ms. Stacie Geise, whose contact information will be included below, to request a 48 hour extension. Once this request is processed, PharmCAS will contact the student via email confirming they have 48 hours to submit their application to the UCSOP.
“But, what if I was put on the wait-list? What happens now?” Well, luckily Ms. Geise has completed a thorough guide for wait-listed students!
The applicants who are offered a spot on the waitlist are those we would love to have in our program at the University of Charleston School of Pharmacy. Should a seat become available in the class, candidates from this list will be offered full admission into the UCSOP program.
What are my chances of being admitted from the waitlist? The number of students admitted from the waitlist varies from cycle to cycle. The University of Charleston School of Pharmacy will continue to make to make offers, as seats become available, until the start of the required PHAR 501L (Seminar in Professionalism) on August 10, 2015.
If I am made an offer, what will I need to do next?
- Prior to May 1st: You will have one week to submit either your full $1,000 deposit or your first $500 installment (the second $500 installment will be due May 1st).
- After May 1st: You will be required to submit your full $1,000 non-refundable tuition deposit by the given deadline.
- Please note, as we get closer to August, the amount of time you have to accept your offer may decrease from one week, five day, three day, 24 hours.
- The amount of time you have to accept your offer will be given to you at the time the offer is made (via phone and email).
Should I submit my FAFSA if I am on the waitlist? We encourage students to submit their FAFSA while on the waitlist. This will help expedite the financial aid process if you are made an offer and the FAFSA has already been submitted.
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What steps can I be taking now to prepare for an offer of admission to the UCSOP? There are various admission requirements that admitted students need to complete prior to starting the program.
Some steps you can take now to prepare for an offer:
- Start your Hepatitis B shot series (you must have the 1st and 2nd shot prior to starting the program)
- Take your BLS-CPR Class
- Start to get an idea of places to live in the Charleston area if you are wanting to live off-campus
- Contact our office if you are interested in viewing all requirements in more detail
- Continue working on completing any outstanding prerequisite courses (You will need to have successfully completed all prerequisite courses by July 24, 2015.)
- If admitted, the first day of orientation (PHAR 501L) will be Monday, August 10, 2015
If I am offered admission, how will I be contacted?
- The Office of Professional & Student Affairs (OPSA) will call and email you regarding your offer of admission.
- Make sure the OPSA has your updated contact information at all times.
- Be sure to check your voicemail and email daily in the event an offer is made.
What if I am not offered admission by August 10, 2015? If you are not offered admission to the University of Charleston School of Pharmacy this cycle, we encourage you to apply again. We do participate in the PharmCAS Early Decision Program. You would need to complete and submit your PharmCAS by the September 1, 2015 deadline. Please visit http://www.pharmcas.org for details.
I am a student applying next year. Do you have any tips for avoiding the waitlist?
- Apply early! The application typically is available beginning in July and interviews start in September for Early Decision applicants and November for traditional applicants.
- Remember, it generally takes 4-6 weeks for an application to be verified by PharmCAS once a completed application and all transcripts are received.
- Follow up with those writing your letters of recommendation as a missing letter could delay you in moving forward in the UCSOP admissions cycle.
Monitor the status of your PharmCAS application through the website, check emails often. Remember to check your Junk/Spam folder as sometimes important, time-sensitive emails from PharmCAS and the UCSOP can end up in this folder.
Ms. Stacie Geise
UC SOP Admissions Specialist
Contributed by Stacie Geise, UC SOP Admissions Specialist, and Peter Relvas, UC SOP Pharmacy Student & Graduate Intern, Office of Professional and Student Affairs.