Supplemental Application

The University of Minnesota requires some materials unique to our program to be submitted directly to the University through links we provide via email once you've designated the University of Minnesota as a program to which you're applying in PharmCAS.

Part of the supplemental application consists of additional applicant information we use in the review of applications, and some information we collect from prospective students and applicants to help improve our admissions outreach efforts. The other part of the supplemental application is our supplemental essay questions.

Application processing fee

The $75 University of Minnesota PharmD application processing fee is required for a complete application. The link to pay the application processing fee will be provided to applicants.

The fee may be paid online with a Visa, MasterCard, American Express or Discover credit card. If you received a PharmCAS application fee waiver, you are also eligible to waive the supplemental application fee but must contact us at pharmacy@umn.edu for instructions.

Required essays

Our Fall 2021 short-answer essay prompts are as follows. Each essay has a 120 word limit.

  • Describe a difficult or challenging situation you have faced. Briefly state the situation, how you responded, and why. Would you have done anything differently?
  • Describe a situation where you or someone else was not being treated fairly. What did you do at the time and why? Would you do anything differently if that same situation occurred today? Has this event impacted or changed who you are now and if so, how?
  • Describe a group, organization, or community with which you have been involved. Why did you choose to be involved with this group? How long have you been involved and what contributions have you made to this group? What was the impact of your involvement?
  • Describe one of your strong interests or passions (other than pharmacy). How long have you had this passion and why does it interest you? How have you pursued it and what knowledge have you gained? Are you still actively involved in this interest area? What are your future goals in this interest area?

Reapplicant essay (required)

This essay is required for reapplicants to the University of Minnesota PharmD program only:

  • Please indicate the outcome of your previous application (whether you withdrew, were not offered admission, etc.) as well as information about the ways in which your application has changed since you last applied. Please comment specifically on steps you have taken to improve your application, such as seeking reapplicant counseling from admissions staff, retaking coursework or the PCAT, gaining additional experiences, etc.

Optional essay

This essay is optional and provides an opportunity for you to share any additional information that you feel is not captured elswhere in the application. Please note: applicants are encouraged to provide an explanation of any areas of our selection criteria that may be less competitive than previously admitted applicants. For example, if your GPA and/or PCAT fall significantly below the averages of our previously admitted applicants, you are strongly encouraged to write this essay providing an explanation of the factors that contributed to yoru GPA and/or PCAT, and the steps you have taken to ensure you have the academic foundation necessary for success in our PharmD curriculum.

Application essay tips

  • Be authentic - we want to get to know you, not hear what you think we want to hear!
  • Utilize your resources, such as career services, writing center, etc.
  • Draft your essays, then don't read them for a week. You'll return with a fresh perspective.
  • Edit and proofread! No typos, spelling errors, etc.
  • Ensure you fully answered the questions - friends and family are often willing to help review essays! Ask them to read your essays, but don't tell them what you were asked to write about. When they're done reading, what do they think your writing assignment was? If they can answer that question, then you've answered our questions!
  • Type your essay into a plain-text program like Notepad and then copy and paste into PharmCAS. Be sure to scroll to the end of the PharmCAS text field to ensure the end of your essay wasn't cut off!

Need help getting started on your personal statement or want a one-on-one consultation on a draft of your essay? Use the online workshop Personal Statements for a Health Program.