Early Decision

The Texas A&M Rangel College of Pharmacy participates in the Early Decision program offered by PharmCAS.   

Important Information about Early Decision

Applicants choosing the Early Decision option should be aware of the following: 

  • PharmCAS only sends your application to the Texas A&M Rangel College of Pharmacy; no other pharmacy programs receive it.
  • If offered admission, Early Decision applicants are obligated to enroll in the Pharm.D. program at the Texas A&M Rangel College of Pharmacy. 
    • If denied admission, Early Decision applicants may apply to other PharmCAS pharmacy programs for an additional fee.
    • If deferred to regular decision status, Early Decision applicants may apply to other PharmCAS pharmacy programs for an additional fee and are not obligated to attend the Texas A&M Rangel College of Pharmacy if offered admission.
  • Transcripts, PharmCAS and supplemental applications, and PharmCAS recommendation forms must be submitted by the Early Decision application deadline written below (see Important Dates for Early Decision).
    • Early Decision applicants are moved to the Regular Decision option if these materials are received after the deadline. 
  • The last Pharmacy College Admission Test (PCAT) date accepted for the Early Decision option is stated below under Important Dates for Early Decision.
    • Official PCAT scores must be posted to PharmCAS before admission offers are made.  If not, Early Decision applicants are moved to the Regular Decision option.
    • For more information about PCAT scores see Application Requirements below. 

Minimum Admission Requirements

To be considered for admission into the Pharm.D. program at the Texas A&M Rangel College of Pharmacy, Early Decision applicants must:

  • Have a cumulative GPA, as determined by PharmCAS, of 2.75 or higher.
  • Complete all prerequisite coursework by Summer Session I in the year of matriculation.
  • Earn a composite PCAT score of 40 or higher and a PCAT writing score of 3.0 or greater.
  • Submit three PharmCAS recommendation forms.

For more information about these requirements, please see frequently asked questions.

Application Requirements

Early Decision applicants must submit the following:

  • A complete PharmCAS Application.
    • Please see the PharmCAS website for instructions. 
  • A complete Supplemental Application.
  • The required, non-refundable Supplemental Application fee of $100 using Touch Net.
    • For assistance with Touch Net, please call the Office of Student Affairs at 361-221-0648.
  • Official transcripts from each college or university attended. This includes transcripts from international colleges and universities. Click here for more information.
    • Transcripts are sent directly to PharmCAS.  Please see instructions on the PharmCAS website.
  • Official PCAT scores.
    • PCAT scores are sent directly to PharmCAS (School Code: 104).
    • Applicants who take the PCAT within one month of the Early Decision application deadline must submit unofficial preliminary PCAT scores within 24 hours of taking the exam.
    • Important information about PCAT scores.
      • Subset scores are reviewed and are important, but only the composite score is considered for admission.
      • Please report the scores for all attempts.  The highest composite score is used when evaluating applications.  
      • PCAT scores more than 3 years old are not considered.
  • Three PharmCAS recommendation forms.
    • Two recommendations from college professors (math and science).
    • One recommendation from an employer, advisor, pharmacist, or college or university administrator (recommendation forms written by mentors or teaching assistants are not accepted).
    • Applicants who have not been enrolled in a degree program at a college or university for two years or more must submit three recommendation forms to PharmCAS from a combination of the following categories: professors (math and science), pharmacists, other health care professionals (e.g., medicine, nursing, dentistry), or current and previous employers. 
      • Please see the PharmCAS school page for additional information about who can submit recommendations.
    • Please follow the instructions on the PharmCAS website to submit recommendation forms.

International Applicants

Early Decision applicants who are not a U.S. Citizen or a U.S. Lawful Permanent Resident are classified as international applicants by Texas A&M University.  If accepted, international applicants are reclassified as international students.

In addition to the above application materials, international applicants are required to submit the following:

  • A foreign credentials transcript evaluation for each international transcript must be sent directly to PharmCAS. Please see the list of acceptable credentialing agencies at the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services. An official copy of each international transcript (native language and certified English translation) describing all academic programs attempted must be sent directly to the Office of Student Affairs.
  • Texas A&M Rangel College of Pharmacy
    ATTN: Office of Student Affairs
    1010 West Avenue B, MSC 131
    Kingsville, TX 78363

International applicants are encouraged to contact Ms. Deborah Zacher at zacher@tamhsc.edu to learn more about International Student Services and other requirements.  Additionally, please see frequently asked questions.

TOEFL Requirements

  • Applicants whose native language is not English are required to earn a TOEFL score of 550 (213 computer based, 80 on the Internet based test) or higher.
    • Scores must be sent directly from Educational Testing Service (ETS) to PharmCAS (use code 8246). 
    • TOEFL scores more than 2 years old are not accepted.
    • F-1/J-1 students will be required to submit proof that they have met the university's English proficiency requirements. For more information please visit TAMU's Office of Admissions page. 

Students (excluding F-1/J-1 students) who have completed at least 74 semester credit hours at an accredited U.S. university or college will not be required to submit passing TOEFL scores.

Important Dates for Early Decision 

  • Early Decision application opens: July 18, 2017
  • Early Decision application deadline: September 5, 2017
  • Last PCAT date accepted: September 8, 2017
  • Early Decision interview dates:  Thursday, October 5, 2017 and Friday, October 6, 2017
  • Early Decision admission decision: October 20, 2017
    • Official PCAT scores must be posted to PharmCAS by this date.

Early decision applicants are encouraged to complete their Early Decision application as early as possible and to take the PCAT during the July testing window.

Please note that the application time line for the Early Decision process is abbreviated when compared to the Regular Decision process. If applying using the Early Decision process, you could be invited for an on-site interview in Kingsville, Texas, with only one week to prepare (i.e., plan travel, notify professors, etc.); please plan accordingly.

The Texas A&M Rangel College of Pharmacy reserves the right to move applicants from the Early Decision program to the Regular Decision program.  Should this occur, applicants are informed in writing.