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The University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy admissions process is designed to identify future pharmacy leaders. We believe in a holistic approach to admissions, where academics, extracurricular involvement, diversity, motivation, communication, teamwork, ethics, and problem-solving skills are all valued. The result is a rich and challenging learning environment that fosters innovation, inquiry, and leadership.

Important Dates

  • Next Application Cycle: July 14, 2021, which will open in PharmCAS for the Class of 2026.

Admission Steps

  • The application cycle for fall 2022 entrance will open in PharmCAS July 14, 2021.
  • For questions regarding the upcoming admissions & application cycle please email: pharmacyadmissions@uky.edu

Step 1: Pharmacy College Admission Test (PCAT)

Applicants to the University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy are not required to submit scores for the PCAT (Pharmacy College Admissions Test).

Step 2: PharmCAS Application

All applicants must submit a Pharmacy College Application Service (PharmCAS) application. Plan to submit July-early 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 and UKCOP requirements are available on the PharmCAS site. Details about UKCOP application requirements can be found on the PharmCAS School Page. Applicants must complete the UK-specific "program materials" and "prerequisite" sections of the PharmCAS application.

Due to UKCOP's rolling admissions process, seats begin to fill quickly after fall interviews are held. For this reason, UKCOP has established October 1 as the priority application deadline. Interview seats will be filled on a rolling basis with priority given to students meeting the October 1 priority deadline. Interviews Continue through early March pending available seats. International students must submit TOEFL scores and transcript evaluations (www.wes.org) to PharmCAS. The PCAT is not required as a part of the application to UKCOP.

Step 3: UKCOP Application Fee

Submit the $80 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 (student) with the payment; 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.

Click here to submit your $80 UKCOP Application Fee

Step 4: Interview

To be considered for admission, applicants must be selected for an interview. Qualification for the interview process includes a holistic review of the application and consideration of GPA. The GPA is calculated considering all undergraduate coursework taken; science and math coursework is heavily weighted as well as interview scores. A rigorous GPA is considered to be a significant indicator in the student's application. Invitations will be sent via email beginning approximately 2 weeks in advance of each interview date and until a few days prior to the interview date.

Tentative Interview Dates for 2021-2022 Application Year (Fall 2022 entrance):


September 24 and 27, 2021
October 22 and 25, 2021
November 19, 2021
January 24, 2022
February 14, 2022
March 21, 2022
April 8, 2022

Step 5: PharmCAS Fall & Spring Academic Updates

Step 5: PharmCAS Fall & Spring Academic Updates

All applicants are required to complete the Fall and Spring PharmCAS Academic Updates. Completion includes entering updated grades (and anticipated coursework, if any), sending transcripts of updated coursework directly to PharmCAS, and monitoring your PharmCAS account to ensure your updated information has been verified.

Step 6: Schedule an Advising Appointment (if Applicable)

​Schedule a UKCOP Advising Session to ensure you are on the best path to PharmD program entrance.

Prospective Applicant Advising

This session is designed for students who are beginning the application process to pharmacy school. The Advisor will help guide you in your Pre-Pharmacy planning and help you build skills for success. To schedule a one-on-one session with an advisor, email pharmacyadvising@uky.edu.

University of Kentucky Undergraduate Student Advising

This session is designed for UK students who have questions about scheduling for upcoming semesters at UK. The UK College of Pharmacy is unable to lift your academic hold. You will still need to meet with your academic advisor. Each time slot is restricted to one student, this way the advising is personalized to your needs/questions. If you sign up for a full session, we will notify you shortly with a new time proposal.

Register Here


Step 7: Stay in Touch

If you would like to receive updates concerning UKCOP admissions information, please share your contact info with us here.

Application Deadline

The next application cycle will open in PharmCAS on July 14, 2021 for fall 2022 entrance, Class of 2026. 

Applications close March 1, 2022.

We wish to remember and honor those who inhabited this Commonwealth before the arrival of the Europeans. Briefly occupying these lands were the Osage, Wyndott tribe, and Miami peoples. The Adena and Hopewell peoples, who are recognized by the naming of the time period in which they resided here, were here more permanently. Some of their mounds remain in the Lexington area, including at UK’s Adena Park.

In more recent years, the Cherokee occupied southeast Kentucky, the Yuchi southwest Kentucky, the Chickasaw extreme western Kentucky and the Shawnee central Kentucky including what is now the city of Lexington. The Shawnee left when colonization pushed through the Appalachian Mountains. Lower Shawnee Town ceremonial grounds are still visible in Greenup County.

We honor the first inhabitants who were here, respect their culture, and acknowledge the presence of their descendants who are here today in all walks of life including fellow pharmacists and healthcare professionals.