All about the Supplemental Application

Do you have a supplemental application?

Yes, we do.

What is on the supplemental application?

A little bit of everything. It’s mostly information that we can’t gather from the PharmCAS application:

-Demographic and background information, academic history
-Residency for tuition purposes questions (learn more about the residency process here)
-How you learned about our School and program
-Agreement to uphold the honor code and community standards and School policies
-Military information
-Campus preference (learn more about our campuses here)

Are there additional essays on the supplemental application?


Why can’t I access the supplemental application now?

When your PharmCAS application is verified and released to our School for viewing, we process your PharmCAS application. We pull information from your PharmCAS application to create your supplemental application. We can’t create a supplemental application for you until we’ve received your PharmCAS application.

Within one week of receiving your verified PharmCAS application, we’ll send you a personalized email with information about how to access and complete your supplemental application.

Is there a cost associated with the supplemental application?

Yes, $80.

How long will it take me to fill out the supplemental application?

It depends on how much information you have to fill it out and how quickly you can type, but probably not long. It will likely take you less than 30 minutes.

When is the deadline to submit the supplemental application?

The deadline to complete your PharmCAS application is December 1. As long as you’ve submitted your PharmCAS application by December 1, we will allow you until January 15 to complete your supplemental application.

Have any other questions about the supplemental application? Let us know.

Pharmacists in action

Here’s an interesting article highlighting the important role pharmacists play in health care as the drug information experts:

‘America’s other drug problem’: Giving the elderly too many prescriptions.

As our population continues to age, pharmacists will be even more important. Geriatric patients are often over medicated, which can be expensive and lead to more health problems.

“An increasing number of elderly patients nationwide are on multiple medications to treat chronic diseases, raising their chances of dangerous drug interactions and serious side effects. Often the drugs are prescribed by different specialists who don’t communicate with each other. If those patients are hospitalized, doctors making the rounds add to the list — and some of the drugs they prescribe may be unnecessary or unsuitable.”

Pharmacists can provide that final check and balance to make sure that patients are taking the appropriate drug at the correct dosage, and that the prescribed medication won’t have adverse reactions to other drugs they might be taking.

“Having a pharmacist on a team caring for older patients can reduce drug complications and hospitalizations, according to a 2013 analysis published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society.”

Apply now – don’t wait!

The 2016-2017 PharmCAS application has now been open one month. We have a rolling admissions process, which means we’ve begun reviewing verified PharmCAS applications.

Once you complete and submit your PharmCAS application, it takes PharmCAS 4-6 weeks to verify your application. Then, PharmCAS releases your application to our School for viewing. Allow us up to one week to process your application, and then we will send you an email with instructions to begin our supplemental application.

As we get closer to the December 1 deadline, we receive more and more applications, so apply now!


Class of 2020

Last night we welcomed the Class of 2020 to the School with a Cookout on the School’s front lawn. Students got to mingle and eat with their classmates, faculty, staff, and current student Peer Mentors. Beautiful weather, delicious BBQ, and a live band was a great way to kick off the Fall 2016 semester. Orientation continues today, and the Class of 2020 starts classes on Wednesday.

Class of 2020 cookout

Want to know more about the Class of 2020? Check out their stats below:

Class of 2020 141 total students
Chapel Hill campus 120
Asheville campus 21
Average PCAT Composite Percentile 88%
Average GPA (Cumulative) 3.5
NC Residents 51%
Non-Residents 49%
Female 70%
Male 30%
Average Age 22
Age Range 18-51
Number of States Represented 23
Countries 2
Number of NC Counties                     29
    Asian Pacific Islander   27%
    African American   8%
    Native American  0%
    Two or more races 4%
Hispanic* 4%
  *Reported as ethnicity  
Underrepresented minority** 12%
**Includes African American, Native American, and Hispanic  


PharmCAS interview update

PharmCAS has made a change to the Interview No-Show Policy beginning this admissions cycle.

“Applicants, who decide to cancel an interview, must do so two business days prior to the scheduled interview. Cancellation notice must be reported to the school by 12:00PM (local time zone of the school) two business days (48 hours) prior to the interview. Business days are considered Monday through Friday.

Due to the professional nature of pharmacy program interviews, the following policy will be enforced when an applicant cancels an interview after two business days (late cancellation), or fails to show up for a previously scheduled interview (no-show):

  • Any late cancellation or no-show will have a note in the PharmCAS system, viewable by all Pharm.D. programs that you have or will apply to, saying “Unprofessional behavior – Interview No-Show”
  • Schools and colleges of pharmacy will independently decide if this information is relevant to their application process and on what action they choose to take with this information shared in the PharmCAS system (i.e. they may or may not take it into account in the evaluation of your application).
  • Please note that emergency situations are exempt from this policy.”

This is an important policy. While emergencies do happen, many times a student who cancels their interview is no longer interested in our program or has been admitted to another program. This is unfortunate, as they are taking an interview spot from another student; we have a limited number of interview spots available and it is impossible to invite another student to interview with only one day’s notice. If you are invited to interview and are no longer interested in our program, please let us know as soon as possible if you do not plan on interviewing so that we can invite another candidate.