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Congratulations on your acceptance to the UK College of Pharmacy and welcome to the Kentucky pharmacy family!

Important Dates

New Student Orientation

UKCOP Launch: June 10, 2024 (in-person)

New Student Orientation: August 12-16, 2024 (in-person)


White Coat Ceremony

August 16, 2024


First Day of Classes

August 19, 2024

Your Next Steps

Complete the tasks below marked required to accept your seat. Read all sections of this page.

REQUIRED: Student Handbook

All recently accepted students are required to read the Student Handbook. 

UKCOP Student Handbook



REQUIRED: Acceptance Agreement

Complete and submit the agreement and accept your seat.

Conditional Acceptance Agreement



REQUIRED: Tuition Deposit

A non-refundable tuition deposit is required to reserve your admission seat for Fall 2024. Required deposit is $500 for KY residents and $800 for out-of-state/international residents. For residency information, visit the UK University Registrar website, call (859) 257-7157 or email All residency determinations will be approved by UK's residency office. 

Be sure to use decimals when submitting your deposit. Example: for a $500 deposit, submit 500.00

Submit UKCOP Tuition Deposit here.

REQUIRED: Background Check and Drug Screen

One to two days after the deadline to accept your seat and pay the tuition deposit, you will receive two emails from (Certiphi Screening, Inc./Application Station). Both emails will have the same subject line: Conditional Acceptance Background Check Consent. The emails are auto-generated and you will receive both (please check your inbox/spam/junk/filters, etc. and check that emails with the same subject line did not 'stack' behind each other). Read both emails carefully. One will have instructions for completing your Criminal Background Check and the other will include instructions for completing your Drug Screening.

The process includes completing the authorization forms and payments for each process separately, locating an acceptable lab facility to complete the urine drug screen, and submitting a urine specimen. Each of these items must be completed by the stated deadline, including submitting the urine sample.

Before urine specimens, do not drink an excessive amount of water, otherwise, your results will be "diluted" and you will have to reschedule, repay, and resubmit your sample. 

All results will be available to UKCOP once the screening process is completed. Due to the volume of screenings, UKCOP cannot confirm receipt. If there is an issue or concern, you will be contacted; otherwise, assume your results are received and approved. 

If you have questions about the process, contact Certiphi directly via the phone number they provide (or call 800-803-7859). They will provide assistance, as this procedure is completely independent of UKCOP.

REQUIRED: Fall and Spring PharmCAS Academic Updates

REQUIRED: Fall and Spring PharmCAS Academic Updates

All incoming (accepted) students are required to complete the Fall and Spring PharmCAS Academic Updates. Completion includes entering updated grades (and anticipated coursework, if any) by the UKCOP deadline, sending transcripts of updated coursework directly to PharmCAS, and monitoring your PharmCAS account to ensure your updated information has been verified. The Transcript Entry section and sending transcripts to PharmCAS works the same way as when you applied. If you are having difficulties, please contact PharmCAS's help center to help you work through it. 


CPR Training

The College of Pharmacy requires that all pharmacy students be certified in the American Heart Association BLS Provider CPR training program by September 30 of their first professional year. Additional Information will be provided on during orientation. Please wait to receive this information as there are specific requirements to obtain certification for UKCOP purposes. Contact Julianne Kravetz.

Immunization Records

The Class of 2028 Immunization Compliance Form (Letter Details) issued by the UK Healthcare MyChart is due to the Academic & Student Affairs Office by October 1, 2024. Information will be provided on this topic at orientation. Contact Julianne Kravetz

Intern Card

Students may apply for their intern card through the KY Board of Pharmacy once they have received a conditional acceptance email. This is important if students want to begin obtaining intern hours in the summer before classes start. We encourage students who are working in a pharmacy to begin collecting their intern hours as soon as they become conditionally accepted. Additional information will be provided on this topic during orientation. More information can be found on the KY Board of Pharmacy website. 

A print-out of your acceptance email is proof of your enrollment for internship application purposes.

Summer Prerequisite Course Approval

All students taking pre-pharmacy prerequisite coursework over the summer must receive prior course approval by contacting

Students are required to submit petitions for summer prerequisite courses no later than March 15th of each year. 

FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)

Q: What does "conditional" acceptance mean?

A: EVERY candidate is "conditionally" accepted because every candidate has conditions that must be met before entering the program. Some may have prerequisites to complete. Everyone must pass the drug and background screening, submit certain documentation that may be specific to you, and/or other criteria. Each candidate's circumstance is unique, and, because application and acceptance occurs up to one year before entrance, many things can change in your application -- that is why each acceptance is conditional. We will let you know what you need to complete and the deadline for completion. You will be notified if you are not meeting the conditions.  


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.