How To Apply

Students applying

There are multiple paths to pharmacy school, but the following are the general steps to apply. We are here to help if you have questions about your unique situation! Below you’ll find our deadlines, application checklist and application requirements.  We also offer opportunities to discuss your application with our admissions staff. Visit our Contact Us page for more information.

Deadlines

Deadlines

Deadlines to apply for Early Decision admission and scholarship consideration

  • July 9-10, 2020: final PCAT testing window (optional)
  • September 8, 2020 at 11:59pm Central time: PharmCAS application and all application materials received by PharmCAS, and all application fees paid to PharmCAS and University of Minnesota
  • October 2, 2020: interview completed

Deadlines to apply for Fall 2021 admission and scholarship consideration

  • October 19-30, 2020: final PCAT testing window (optional)
  • November 2, 2020 at 11:59pm Central time: PharmCAS application, including Minnesota program materials, submitted; PharmCAS fee paid; all official transcripts and/or WES course-by-course foreign transcript evaluations received by PharmCAS
  • December 1, 2020 at 11:59pm Central time: all remaining application materials received by PharmCAS (3 evaluations, official PCAT scores, official TOEFL scores if applicable); University of Minnesota $75 application processing fee paid
  • January 8, 2021: interview completed

Final deadlines to apply for Fall 2021 admission

  • February 1, 2021 at 11:59pm Central time: PharmCAS application, including Minnesota program materials, submitted; PharmCAS fee paid; all official transcripts and/or WES course-by-course foreign transcript evaluations received by PharmCAS
  • February 1-5, 2021: final PCAT testing window (optional)
  • March 1, 2021 at 11:59pm Central time: all remaining application materials received by PharmCAS (3 evaluations, official PCAT scores, official TOEFL scores if applicable); University of Minnesota $75 application processing fee paid
  • Late March/early April 2021 (exact date TBA): interview completed

Required Application Materials

Required Application Materials

The following are all the parts required to apply for admission:

Online PharmCAS application

  • Personal statement
  • Official transcripts from all previously attended institutions (sent directly to PharmCAS)
  • WES course-by-course foreign transcript evaluation(s), if applicable
  • Official PCAT scores (sent to PharmCAS at code 104)
    *Note that PCAT scores may be optional for many Fall 2021 applicants. Visit our PCAT webpage for more details.
  • Official TOEFL scores, if applicable (sent to PharmCAS at code 8246)
  • Work experience (in the Experiences section of PharmCAS)
  • Volunteer and extracurricular experience (in the Experiences section of PharmCAS)
  • 3 evaluations (letters of recommendation)
  • University of Minnesota supplemental application (submitted through the Program Materials section in PharmCAS)

University of Minnesota application fee

  • $75 application processing fee (paid directly to UMN)

Interview

  • Complete and eligible applications are reviewed for an interview invitation. Applicants are typically notified of an interview decision within 10 business days.

Application Process Overview

Application Process Overview

  1. Review our selection criteria because the more time you have to prepare, the stronger an application you can build!
  2. Make a plan to complete the prerequisites
  3. Consider options for work and volunteer experiences
  4. Optional for Fall 2021: take the PCAT
  5. Learn about the Minnesota PharmD - and don't forget to check back in on our selection criteria
  6. Submit an application via PharmCAS, including the University of Minnesota supplemental application (once you select our program in PharmCAS, our supplemental application will appear in the Program Materials section). See our supplemental essay question here
  7. Interview (applications are reviewed for an interview invitation)
  8. Submit your campus preference
  9. Receive your admission decision
    1. If offered a seat: submit paperwork to hold your seat if you’re still considering our program within 2 weeks
    2. If offered a seat: by the tuition deposit deadline, make your decision about the school you wish to attend. If you choose Minnesota, pay your $500 nonrefundable tuition deposit online by 11:59 pm Central time on the day of the deadline

Equal Opportunity and Title IX

Equal Opportunity and Title IX

The University of Minnesota is committed to adhering to the following Equal Opportunity Statement:

“The University of Minnesota shall provide equal access to and opportunity in its programs, facilities, and employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, age, marital status, familial status, disability, public assistance status, membership or activity in a local commission created for the purpose of dealing with discrimination, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression.” 

As required by Title IX, the University does not discriminate on the basis of sex in any of its education programs or activities, including in admissions and employment. Inquiries about the application of Title IX can be directed to the University’s Title IX Coordinators or to the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Civil Rights. The Title IX Coordinators on the University’s campuses may be contacted at:

  • Duluth Campus
    Jen Mencl
    Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs
    426 DAdB
    1049 University Drive
    Duluth, MN 55812
    (218) 726-7385
    jmencl@d.umn.edu
  • Twin Cities Campus
    Tina Marisam
    Title IX Coordinator, Twin Cities
    Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action (EOAA)
    274 McNamara Alumni Center
    200 Oak St. SE
    Minneapolis, MN 55455
    marisam@umn.edu or eoaa@umn.edu
    (612) 626-9357 or (612) 624-9547

Please see the University’s policy for information about: (1) how to report or file a formal complaint of sexual harassment, gender-based harassment, sexual assault, stalking or relationship violence; and (2) the University’s procedures for responding to reports and formal complaints.