Pharmacy Admission Early Decision Program

The College of Pharmacy at Ferris State University participates in the PharmCAS 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 Ferris) as a first choice; and will enroll if accepted. Applicants for the Early Decision Program (EDP) may only apply to one participating school during the early decision time period. This is done by the early deadline of September 2, 2014. If you wish to participate in the EDP, your completed application, transcripts and submission fee must be received at PharmCAS by the deadline or your status will be changed automatically from early decision to regular status.

Select interviews for the Early Decision Program will be conducted during September and early October, 2014.  Early Decision Program offers will be made by October 24, 2014.  If offered conditional admission, you are obligated to accept the offer and you will not be permitted to apply to other PharmCAS institutions for the Fall, 2015 admission cycle. If offered conditional admission, all rules regarding conditional admission remain (e.g. successful completion of pre-pharmacy courses, etc.).

The Early Decision Program will be more selective since access to course work and grades may be more limited.  It is suggested that applicants for the Early Decision Program:

  1. Have completed a minimum of 14 or more semester hours of the biology/chemistry pharmacy prerequisites at the time of the Early application.
  2. Have a 3.3 GPA in pre-pharmacy courses completed at the time of the Early application.
  3. Have a PCAT score at the 60th percentile or better.  For those taking the September PCAT, this score will not be available at the time the application is submitted.
  4. 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.

If interested in the PharmCAS Early Decision Program, be sure to review the information and rules posted on their website. If you have questions, you may also contact the College of Pharmacy office at 231-591-3780.

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Questions and Answers 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 Ferris) 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.

What entering class does the Early Decision Program apply to?

The Early Decision Program applies to the same entering class 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 2, 2014. The deadline for the regular cycle application for Fall, 2015 is December 1, 2014.

If I apply for the Early Decision Program for Ferris 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 Fall class; “denial”, which means that you are not being invited for a seat in the Fall 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 December 1, 2014.

When will I hear an answer about the Early Decision Program?

You will get a response by October 24, 2014. This is well before the regular cycle deadline of December 1st, 2014.

How many Early Decision Program seats is Ferris 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 150 seats for the Fall semester 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 150 to equal the number of remaining seat available during the regular cycle.

If I apply for the Early Decision Program at Ferris, can I also apply to other Colleges of Pharmacy?

Not until the Early Decision Program decisions are given. 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 24, 2014. If you are offered conditional admission to Ferris 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 Ferris 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 Fall, you must complete the balance of required pre-pharmacy courses (with minimum grade); successfully pass a criminal background check; complete the designated basic life support training; 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 Fall. 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.

How does the Early Decision Program affect the Honors Assurance?

They are independent of each other. We will continue with the Honors Assurance. Ferris Honors students may apply and be considered under the Early Decision Program. An Honors student who meets the requirement of the “Assurance” may also apply under the regular cycle as well.

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 Ferris State 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.

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