Students wishing to enter the professional Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) program apply through the Pharmacy College Application Service (PharmCAS). Details about the courses required for admission consideration can be found at the PharmCAS website and the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences website. The College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences manages the admission process.
Students applying for the PharmD program must submit the application to
the Pharmacy College Application Service (PharmCAS) by December 1, 2014. The Drake supplemental form and fee also must be submitted to Drake University by December 1, 2014.
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Mailed applications and all other mailed supplementary materials should be labeled with your full name and date of birth and directed to:
Office of Admission
2507 University Ave.
Des Moines, Iowa 50311-4505
As you’re going through the Drake admission process, be sure to keep track of due dates to ensure all required documents are sent by the appropriate deadlines.
Undergraduate Programs (all majors except pre-pharmacy)
March 1 is the priority deadline to submit your application and supporting materials. Applications received after the priority deadline will be considered on a space-available basis.
Dec.1 is the deadline to apply to the pre-pharmacy program. The application must be postmarked no later than December 1. The application and all required documents must reach the Office of Admission no later than December 10.
There are three ways you can apply, all of which are given equal consideration for admission:
Online Application (fee waived)
If you plan to apply to the pre-pharmacy program, please note the program's special admission requirements.
Your academic transcript is required for admission to Drake. Send your official high school transcript for review; if you have taken any college classes for credit, submit your college transcript as well. If you are using the Common Application, Drake will accept transcripts sent through the Common Application process. Faxed transcripts, scanned documents, and transcripts photocopied without an original seal are not considered official records.
Have an official copy of your ACT or SAT test scores sent to the Office of Admission from the appropriate testing agency.
We require an essay or personal statement from each applicant. You must use one of the essay prompts provided in the Drake Application or Common Application. Please do not submit a paper you wrote for a school assignment; the admission committee would rather read something more personal.
You must submit one of the following:
A letter of recommendation from your high school counselor or a teacher of your choice
A completed high school counselor recommendation supplement form. The High School Report & Counselor Recommendation supplement form will work for both the Drake Application and the Common Application.
Additional letters of recommendation are not required but will be considered if you send them.
We send admission decisions through the mail. Applicants for all undergraduate majors (except pre-pharmacy) will be notified of an admission decision on a rolling basis beginning Oct. 15. Notification after Oct. 15 typically takes 4–6 weeks after your file becomes complete.
Applicants to the pre-pharmacy program are notified of an admission decision in mid-January of their senior year.
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