Apply Early Decision and get a jump-start on your pharmacy career! The UCSOP and PharmCas allows potential students to apply Early Decision, which is a great option for those students who are sure of what school they would like to attend. The Early Decision deadline is September 8, 2015.
Have questions or concerns about the early decision process? Below you will find the experiences of four students who applied Early Decision, along with answers to some common questions about the UCSOP Early Decision Program.
Applying early decision was one of the greatest choices I could have ever made. Coming into college I knew that I wanted to attend the University of Charleston School of Pharmacy, and early decision allowed me to get a head start on my application process. By applying early decision, I was able to find out my admissions decision faster, compete with a smaller pool of applicants, and even start building relationships with potential faculty and staff of the school. I strongly suggest applying early decision if you’re like me. The University of Charleston School of Pharmacy made my early decision process an amazing one!
I chose to apply early decision at the UCSOP because I felt like they were the most helpful and I knew from day one it’s where I wanted to be. There are less people applying for early decision, which means there is a greater chance of being accepted. Early decision is really a great choice for anyone. It is one of those “win-win” situations. If a student is accepted, there’s more time to prepare and less stress! If a student is not accepted, there is still plenty of time to take a step back and come up with a new game plan and still succeed without any lost time. I believe applying early decision with UCSOP is the greatest academic/career choice I’ve made so far!
Being married and from out of state, the Early Decision program allowed me to plan a year ahead and prepare for a smooth transition. I believe my commitment to UCSOP Early Decision program elevated my chance of acceptance into the Pharmacy program. I did not have to spend long hours and days traveling to multiple interviews to compete with over 800 applicants when 80-90 seats are available. I felt confident with UCSOP because I vested in the program and they respected and valued my decision.
“I applied for early decision at UCSOP because I attended UC for a year of undergrad and I fell in love with the campus. When I started looking at UCSOP, the first thing I was told was to apply for early decision. So after talking with some of the staff, I pursued early decision. I am very glad that I did, early decision took the stress out of applying to pharmacy school.”
Q: What are the benefits of applying Early Decision?
- You are competing with a much smaller pool of applicants.
- You will save the time, money, and stress of the long traditional application process.
- 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?
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 8, 2015.
Q: What do I need to submit by the deadline?
By the September 8th deadline, you must submit the following:
- A complete PharmCAS application
- All official transcripts from every college/university you’ve attend
- All PharmCAS Fees
If all requirements are not received by the September 8th 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: 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 23, 2015.
Q: What happens 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, 2016.
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
Ms. Stacie Geise
Director of Pharmacy Recruitment & Admissions