The College of Pharmacy offers “Early Decision” (ED) status through PharmCAS. The Early Decision program is a binding option for applicants who have decided that the Roosevelt University College of Pharmacy is their first choice and that they will enroll if accepted.
As an Early Decision applicant, you can apply to only one pharmacy program. Applicants to the Roosevelt University College of Pharmacy must meet the standard admission requirements.
To be competitive as an Early Decision applicant it is recommended that you:
- Complete a minimum of 14 or more semester hours of the biology/chemistry pharmacy prerequisites at the time of the Early Decision application.
- Have a 3.0 Cumulative GPA and a 2.75 Math and Science GPA at the time of the Early Decision application.
- Achieve a PCAT score at the 50th percentile or better. Take the PCAT no later than July of the application cycle. For those taking the September PCAT, this score will not be available at the time the application is submitted.
- Include 3 letters of recommendation using the PharmCAS electronic recommendations system along with their Early Decision application. One letter should be from a pre-pharmacy instructor and one should be from an employer or student organization advisor.
The Early Decision application deadline is September 6, 2016. In addition to completing the PharmCAS application, you must arrange for PharmCAS to receive all of your official transcripts and fee by September 8th. If your application, transcripts, or fee arrive after the deadline, PharmCAS will automatically change your file from early decision status to regular status.
Early Admission Terms
You may be offered early admission, denied admission, or deferred to regular applicant status. If you are offered admission as an Early Decision applicant, you are obligated to accept the offer and you will not be permitted to apply to other PharmCAS institutions. If, however, you are denied admission as an Early Decision applicant, you may apply to other PharmCAS institutions for an additional fee.
Deposits and Fees
Refer to the PharmCAS application fee schedule to determine the cost to apply to each additional program. PharmCAS institutions will make admission decisions on early decision applicants by October 21, 2016. Early Decision applicants if offered conditional admission to Roosevelt University College of Pharmacy must place a non-refundable tuition deposit within 15 days of being offered conditional admission to secure their seat for the following Summer.
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Questions about the Early Decision Program
What is the Early Decision Program?
The PharmCAS Early Decision Program is a binding option that is available to applicants who see one particular Pharm.D. program (in this case Roosevelt University) as a first choice; wish to get the application process done early; and will enroll if accepted. Applicants for the Early Decision Program (EDP) may only apply to one participating school during the Early cycle.
Why should I apply as an Early Decision applicant?
It is recommend that you apply as an Early Decision applicant if you have already made the decision the Roosevelt University College of Pharmacy is you first choice program for your pharmacy education.
What sets Roosevelt University College of Pharmacy apart from other colleges of pharmacy?
The Roosevelt University Doctor of Pharmacy program is a unique three-year, innovative, patient-centered, and dynamic learning experience. A small class size of 68 students, dedicated faculty and staff, and the use of the latest technology helps prepare students to work successfully as practitioners, clinicians, or researchers. It is located in Schaumburg, IL just outside of Chicago, near major research hospitals, community pharmacies, and Fortune 500 pharmaceutical companies, allowing students to complete rotations in world class pharmacies.
What entering class does the Early Decision Program apply to?
The Early Decision Program applies to the same entering class (summer only) as the regular cycle does. The difference is that it is binding, and it happens earlier with decisions by October.
Are the deadlines for the Early Decision Program different than the regular cycle?
Yes. The deadline for the Early Decision Program is September 6, 2016. The deadline for the regular cycle application for Summer, 2017 is March 1, 2017
If I apply for the Early Decision Program at another college of pharmacy, will I be able to apply for the regular cycle if I am not awarded an early conditional offer?
Yes. One of three things can result from an Early Decision Program PharmCAS application. “Conditional admission”, which is a binding offer for a seat in the Summer class; “denial”, which means that you are not being invited for a seat in the Summer entering class, or “deferral”, which means that you are not being offered an “Early” conditional admission, but can be considered during the regular cycle, which has a deadline of March 1, 2017.
When will interviews for Early Decision applicants be conducted?
Interviews will occur as early as September 5, 2016 through until October 17, 2016.
When will I hear an answer about the Early Decision Program?
You will get a response by October 24, 2016. This is well before the regular cycle deadline of March 1, 2017.
How many Early Decision Program seats is Roosevelt allocating?
We are not fixing the number of Early Decision Program seats. Offers will be made based on the qualifications of the pool of applications we receive.
Will there be fewer seats available during the regular cycle because of the Early Decision Program?
Yes. Our intention is to fill 68 seats for the Summer term using the Early Decision Program and the regular application cycle. As a result, the number of seats awarded from the Early Decision Program will be subtracted from 68 to equal the number of remaining seat available during the regular cycle.
If I apply for the Early Decision Program at Roosevelt , can I also apply to other Colleges of Pharmacy?
No. You only apply to one Early Decision Program and may not apply to any other Colleges of Pharmacy until after the decision deadline of October 21, 2016. If you are offered conditional admission to Roosevelt as part of the EDP, you will not be allowed to apply to any other Colleges of Pharmacy for the Fall. If you are denied or deferred, you may apply to other Colleges of Pharmacy (including Roosevelt for deferrals) using the rules and fees for PharmCAS.
Do my transcripts need to be in by the same deadline for the Early Decision Program?
Yes. All application materials, fees and transcripts must be RECEIVED at PharmCAS by the Early Decision Program deadline or your early application status will automatically be changed to the regular cycle. No exceptions.
What do you mean by “conditional admission”?
If accepted into an early decision seat or regular cycle seat for Summer, you must complete the balance of required pre-pharmacy courses (with minimum grade); successfully pass a criminal background check and drug screen; and complete all other necessary documentation and paperwork as would be required for a seat during the regular cycle (see our website for complete information).
Are the criteria for admission under the Early Decision Program different than the criteria under the regular cycle?
Please consult our website for information on admission criteria and pre-pharmacy requirements. The overall admission criteria and requirements do not differ between the Early Decision Program and the regular cycle. Admission through the Early Decision Program will be more selective since access to Fall grades will not be available. As a result, we may use a more selective GPA and PCAT score to make decisions for these offers. A “deferral” does not mean an applicant is no longer being considered for Summer. It only means that the application will be considered with the regular pool, or that we wish to wait for more information from the Fall/Spring grades (available during the regular cycle) before making a decision.
Do I still need to interview and take the PCAT if I apply under the Early Decision Program?
Yes. All application requirements that apply to regular cycle candidate, also apply to early decision candidates. Interviews for early decision candidates will occur during September and October.
What are the advantages of the Early Decision Program?
For qualified applicants who see Roosevelt University College of Pharmacy as their intended “first choice”, the Early Decision Program offers the opportunity to apply early, interview early and have a decision by the end of October. Such applicants have the advantage to use the remaining months to focus on completion of pre-requisites or other activities that might otherwise become a distraction to the interviewing process.