Apply Early Decision at UCSOP

2016-17 PharmCAS Application Now Available: Apply Early Decision Today

Applying through the PharmCAS Early Decision program is a great way to get a jump-start on your pharmacy career. You will save time, money and stress by competing with a smaller applicant pool and having the opportunity to secure a seat before traditional applicants are considered. Be sure to request your UCSOP Early Decision Admissions Guide today.  The Early Decision deadline is September 6, 2016.

HAILEY

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! -Hailey Price, Class of 2019

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 6, 2016.

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

By the September 6th deadline, PharmCAS must receive the following:

  • A complete PharmCAS application
  • All PharmCAS Fees
  • All transcripts from every college or university attended – including transcripts for dual credit taken in high school

If all requirements are not received by the September 6th 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 October 21, 2016.

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, 2017.

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?

 

Contact: Ms. Stacie Geise, Director of Pharmacy Recruitment & Admissions at staciegeise@ucwv.edu or 304-357-4889.

It’s Your Time to Apply to Pharmacy School @UCSOP!

The University of Charleston School of Pharmacy (UCSOP) is excited to share that there is still time to apply to join the Class of 2020!

You may have heard that our application deadline was March 1st. However, the UCSOP will be granting individual PharmCAS deadline extensions through June 1, 2016.  

To take advantage of this deadline extension, please follow the process outlined below: 

  1. Create your PharmCAS account by May 18, 2016
  2. Once you are ready to submit your application, email Stacie Geise at staciegeise@ucwv.edu to request your PharmCAS extension.  
  3. Once the extension is granted, PharmCAS will email you directly confirming the 48-hour window to submit the application has begun.
  4. Complete your UCSOP Supplemental Application at http://www.ucwv.edu/pharmacy 

Please note: the UCSOP Supplemental Application deadline has also been extended to June 1, 2016. The UCSOP will accept January & February PCAT scores.  

If you have any questions about this process, please contact Stacie Geise at 304-357-4889 or staciegeise@ucwv.edu.  

We look forward to receiving your PharmCAS application soon!

UCSOP Early Decision Deadline Fast Approaching

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.

Hailey Price, Class of 2019

Hailey Price, Class of 2019

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!

 

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Hannah Hayes, UCSOP Class of 2019

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!

 

Tron Hoang, Class of 2019

Tron Hoang, Class of 2019

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.

 

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Kendra Hall, Class of 2019

“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
pharmacy@ucwv.edu
304-357-4889
or
Ms. Stacie Geise
Director of Pharmacy Recruitment & Admissions
staciegeise@ucwv.edu
304-357-4889

 

PharmCas is Open–Apply to UC Early Decision Today!

Thinking about applying Early Decision?

UCSOP is the place to be! Apply early decision and get a jump start on your pharmacy career! Have questions about the early decision process? Below you will find 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 with 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; get a jump start and be among the first to interview.
  • 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 2, 2014.

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

You must submit a completed PharmCAS application that includes:

  • All official transcripts from every college/university you’ve attend
  • Official PCAT Scores – must take during or before July 2014
  • Two Letters of Reference (1 must be from a faculty member)

You must also submit a University of Charleston School of Pharmacy Supplemental Application at: http://epayments.ucwv.edu/Pharmacy/PharmacyApplication.asp

"I applied early decision and found the process to be easy. It was a relief to know where I was going to pharmacy school early. I was able to focus more fully on my studies." -Emily Jarrett, Class of 2017

“I applied early decision and found the process to be easy. It was a relief to know where I was going to pharmacy school early. I was able to focus more fully on my studies.” -Emily Jarrett, Class of 2017

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 19, 2014.

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 2014).

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, 2015.

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: What are the PCAT dates to qualify for the Early Decision process?

July 17-18, 2014 or earlier
Register at www.pcatweb.info

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

Tips for Writing Your PharmCAS Personal Statement

Concerned about writing your personal statement for your PharmCAS application? UCSOP wants to help!  It’s actually simple – start by thinking of your personal statement as a story about you—specifically, your academic and personal journey. Be sure to include commentary and reflection on how your academic and personal experiences have led up to you wanting to become a pharmacist. Your story should focus on:

  1. YOU! Talk about yourself. This one of the rare occasions in life you have to actually write about YOU! Take advantage of this opportunity. Explain why you want to be a pharmacist. Talk about the academic, personal and/or work experiences that have led you this point in your academic career.
  2. Setting yourself apart. Explain how you are different! Committees are looking for something personal as well as analytical. This might require you to disclose information you would not normally share and/or examine your life (successes and failures) more critically.
  3. Pharmacy. The writing prompt for PharmCAS is specific in that it asks applicants to discuss why they want to pursue a career in pharmacy. In order to capture the attention of committees, it is important to include discussion on why being a pharmacist is important to you. Has it been a life-long dream? Was there an experience or event that led you down this path? Share those things with details to demonstrate your commitment to pharmacy practice.

Still have writer’s block? Brainstorm! Get out a paper (any paper) and a writing implement (pen, crayon, marker—whatever is nearby) and start answering some of these basic questions:

  • What is special, unique, distinctive, or impressive about your life story? Do you have notable accomplishments? Have you traveled the world? Do you volunteer to work with patients at a local hospital? Do you currently work in a pharmacy? You get where I’m going here . . . BRAINSTORM!
  • Why are you interested in pharmacy? What area of practice might you like to pursue? Community pharmacy? Academic pharmacy? Managed care? Hospital? (Find out more about career options in pharmacy by visiting: http://www.aacp.org/RESOURCES/STUDENT/PHARMACYFORYOU/PHARMACYCAREERINFO/Pages/default.aspx.)
  • What work experiences do you have in relationship to pharmacy practice? If you haven’t worked in a pharmacy, what other types of work experiences will help you when working with patients or just with the rigor of the academic program (interpersonal skills, caregiving skills, attention-to-detail, etc.)?
  • What obstacles or hardships (personal, professional, academic) have you encountered along your journey?
  • What skills/characteristics do you possess—leadership, perseverance, enthusiasm, integrity, etc. that will allow you to be successful?
  • Why should the admissions committee be interested in you in particular? Again, brainstorm some ideas. Past academic excellence? Job-related experience? Personal experience?

WRITE! After brainstorming, it’s time to write! You may find it helpful to make an outline using your brainstorming ideas.  Organize your thoughts with a strong introductory paragraph. Tell the committee who you are but also consider how your story relates to the desire to join the pharmacy profession. And don’t forget to PROOFREAD. Share with others too! Sometimes a fresh pair of eyes will catch mistakes you do not. Be sure not to hit submit until you are certain there aren’t any grammatical or content errors. And, above all, always be sure that your personal statement is just that, YOURS. Never copy or borrow another person’s work. This can delay your application or even stop the application process altogether!

Additional things to consider:

  • Be mindful of the required word limit
  • Proofread (more than once)
  • Be sure to connect your discussion to pharmacy
  • Be honest, open and truthful (but don’t overshare—you don’t want to include things that might cause a committee to question your judgment)
  • Don’t write for a specific school*

Good luck with your application and your essay!

*The PharmCAS personal statement is intended for all schools to which you are applying.

Gardner

Dr. Susan M. Gardner, Assistant Dean for Professional and Student Affairs

University of Charleston School of Pharmacy