PharmD Application Process

Admission Steps

Step 1: PharmCAS Application (including UK Program Materials)

All students are encouraged to submit a Pharmacy College Application Service (PharmCAS) application July-September of the year prior to intended entrance. Please note that PharmCAS requires 4-6 weeks for verification purposes before an application is forwarded to individual colleges of pharmacy. Instructions for submitting the PharmCAS application, including PCAT scores and UKCOP requirements are available on the PharmCAS site. Details about the University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy application requirements can be found on the PharmCAS School Page. PharmCAS applications are expected to open July 18, 2017.

Due to UKCOP's rolling admissions process, seats begin to fill quickly after interviews are held in October and November. For this reason, UKCOP recommends applying between July-September. All applicants are highly encouraged to apply Early Decision (ED). October interview seats will be filled by ED applicants with remaining seats being filled with Regular Decision applicants. International students should submit TOEFL scores and transcript evaluations ( to PharmCAS. Attend a UKCOP Advising Session to learn more about the application process.

Step 2: UKCOP Application Fee

Please submit the UKCOP Application Fee (credit card only). You will be transferred from our website to the WorldPay Financial Services site. IMPORTANT: If the credit card holder's name is different than the applicant's name, please include the applicant's name; otherwise your fee cannot be matched with your application materials. The UKCOP Application Fee may be waived for students who are granted a PharmCAS Fee Waiver. To request a UKCOP fee waiver, forward your approved PharmCAS Fee Waiver to Candace Smigla along with your request. 

Description Unit Price
UKCOP Application Fee $80.00


Step 3: Interview

Interview selection is based on a holistic review of the application file. Only competitive applicants are invited to interview. Interviewees will be invited via email beginning approximately 2 weeks in advance of the below 2017-2018 interview dates. Approximately 250 students were interviewed last year. Interviews are weighed heavily in the overall scoring process.

Interview Dates for 2017-2018 Application Year (Fall 2018 entrance) (All interview dates are tentative.):

     Early/Regular Decision: October 6 & 9, 2017 (any remaining interview seats will be filled by Regular Decision applicants)

     Regular Decision: November 3, 2017, November 6, 2017, January 22, 2018, February 19, 2018 and March 19, 2018

Questions about the interview process? See Frequently Asked Questions for more information.

Step 4: PharmCAS Fall & Spring Academic Update

UK College of Pharmacy requires all applicants to submit updated fall transcripts, enter updated fall grades and anticipated spring courses during the PharmCAS Fall Academic Update beginning December 15. You do not need to wait until fall grades post in December to request your transcripts. Submit the request to your Registrar's office early and ask that they hold it until fall grades post.  Send transcripts only to PharmCAS for the Fall Academic Update. The Admissions Committee requires this updated information by early January to consider you for a January, February, or March interview. In December, PharmCAS verification is often delayed for 4 to 6 weeks, so your updated transcript may not be included in the decision-making process regarding interview selection if you wait until PharmCAS' February deadline to submit the Academic Update. Additionally, all applicants are required to complete the Spring Academic Update, (opens April 17, 2018). Transcripts for the Spring Academic Update do not go to PharmCAS, but are sent directly to UK College of Pharmacy.

Admission Decision and Requirements

Applicants could be notified of their admission decision via email within several days, weeks, or even months after their interview date, given the rolling admissions process. The UKCOP Admissions Office will provide you with updates after each Admissions Committee meeting (October-April). The majority of admission decisions are made October-April. All students admitted will be conditionally accepted until they have met several requirements (criminal background check and drug screen, final transcript submission, coursework completion, and other requirements). Conditionally accepted students are expected to maintain their GPA from the time of application and report any academic or law charges/offenses within 10 days, in writing, which occur prior to matriculation.