2016-2017 Admission Instructions


As the College of Pharmacy at the University of South Carolina understands that the application process may seem daunting, the below Frequently Asked Questions will offer some assistance. Applicants are encouraged to contact our Admissions Coordinator for questions not addressed in this section or needed further clarification. We are here to offer assistance to ALL applicants.

If my school does not offer a Pre-Pharmacy program what should I major in?

You may major in any field as long as you complete the pharmacy prerequisite courses.

Does the PCAT have to be completed prior to submitting my PharmCAS and Supplemental applications?

No. Applicants may submit both applications prior to completing the PCAT.  Official PCAT scores must be submitted and verified by PharmCAS before any admissions offer is issued by the College

What is the latest date I can complete the PCAT to be considered for Fall 2017 Admission?

It is recommended that all applicants complete the PCAT no later than October/November 2016 as waiting until January 2017 may diminish your chances of acceptance due to the processing time of PharmCAS receiving your official PCAT score.  To expedite the interview process, you may submit your unofficial scores (which can be printed at the testing site) to Nikki Mellen so your scores can  be considered  along with the PharmCAS & Supplemental applications.  However, official PCAT scores must be received before applicants are offered admission.

Where do I submit my scores for the PCAT?

To PharmCAS using code 104. 

 What is Early Decision?

  • Early Decision is a program offered through PharmCAS where applicants receive notification from their preferred College of Pharmacy of their admissions status by October 21st.
  • Applicants may be accepted, denied, or deferred to Regular Admissions.  Early Decision candidates who are offered admission by the College of Pharmacy at the University of South Carolina are obligated to accept their admission into program.
  • Early Decision candidates who are denied admission or who are deferred to Regular Admissions may apply to other PharmCAS schools after October 21 per PharmCAS guidelines.

Who qualifies for Early Decision?

  • Applicants who have 16 hours or less remaining in the pharmacy pre-requisite curriculum at the beginning of the Fall 2016 semester qualify for Early Decision.
  • Submit the following by September 6th
    • PharmCAS application
    • Supplemental application
    • 3 Letters of Reference
    • Official PCAT scores
    • Prerequisite Course Requirements Checklist to the College of Pharmacy Admissions Office (address on the form), Dean’s Office (Coker Life Sciences, Room 109), fax or email
    • Transcripts must be received by PharmCAS by the Early Decision deadline

Can I retake the PCAT during Fall 2016 if I am applying for Early Decision?

Yes, but it is not recommended due to processing times of PharmCAS.  Interviews for Early Decision take place in September and October 2016.  In terms of the October and November PCATs, those test dates are a last resort based on the following:

  • you are not invited for an interview in September or October 2016
  • you are interviewed and deferred to Regular Admissions 

If I do not meet the qualifications for Early Decision, how early should I apply?

It can take up to five weeks for the College of Pharmacy at the University of South Carolina to receive a Verified PharmCAS application.  Applying by the admissions deadlines (January 5th for PharmCAS & January 19th for the Supplemental application), or even in October and November 2016 may diminish your chances of acceptance due to the competition of obtaining an interview or admission offer in the spring.  It is recommended that ALL students apply no later than the end September/early October.

When will interviews for Regular Decision take place?

September 2016 through March 2017.

I have submitted all applications and related materials.  Should I contact the College of Pharmacy to request an interview?

No. Once applications are reviewed and evaluated by the College Admissions Committee, interview invitations will be offered to selected applicants.

When will I be notified of an Admissions decision after interviewing?

All interviewed candidates are eligible for admissions to the Pharm.D. program.  Following the on-site interview, the College of Pharmacy Admissions Committee will periodically review applications and interview evaluations.  Candidates may receive an offer shortly after their interview pending the Admissions Committee evaluation.  The Admissions Committee typically convenes on a 2-3 week cycle and reviews applicant files as timely as possible.


If a candidate does not receive an offer within 2-3 weeks following the interview, the individual is still eligible for admissions and a decision will be deferred until the end of the 2016-2017 admissions cycle.  The Admissions Committee strives to notify all applicants of their admission status no later than March 31, 2016.  Accepted applicants will be contacted via phone and email.  Deferred, declined and waitlisted applicants will be notified via email.


When are Admissions Decisions Made?

Admission decisions are made on a rolling basis beginning in the Fall 2016 semester and continuing through late March 2017; during this period a student may be accepted at any time.

  • Early Decision Applicants

Admissions decisions for students eligible for the Early Decision program in PharmCAS will occur by October 21, 2016.  The College of Pharmacy will follow the application and announcement deadlines outlined by PharmCAS.  Candidates participating in the Early Decision program may be offered early admission, denied admission, or deferred to regular applicant status. 

  • Regular Admission Decision Applicants

Regular admissions decisions may occur in the Fall semester if the applicant has less than 16 hours of remaining pharmacy prerequisites.  For candidates who have greater than 16 hours of pharmacy prerequisites remaining, admission decisions will occur beginning in January once Fall semester transcripts have been received and reviewed.

If I am accepted, can I defer matriculation?

Deferred matriculation is reserved for extenuating circumstances and evaluated on a case-by-case basis.

What should I do if I am not admitted for 2016-2017?

Applicants who are not accepted for Fall 2017 admission are encouraged to improve areas evaluated in their application and reapply in the future.

How do I contact or provide materials to Ms. Nikki Mellen?

Materials can be submitted through the following means:

      Email:             mellen@sccp.sc.edu

      Mail:               Attn: Ms. Nikki Mellen

                             Admissions Coordinator
                             South Carolina College of Pharmacy
                             University of South Carolina Campus
                             715 Sumter St., CLS 109
                             Columbia, SC 29208

Fax:                     Attn: Nikki Mellen

In Person:    College of Pharmacy Dean’s Office
                     Coker Life Science Bldg., Room 109

Questions can be asked via phone (803-777-0589), email or in person.

What is the cost to attend the College of Pharmacy at the University of South Carolina?

The tuition for the 2016-2017 academic year can be found here.  Please note that tuition and fees are subject to change each academic year.