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PharmCAS Volume Update: Oct 2021

  • 1.  PharmCAS Volume Update: Oct 2021

    Posted 10-02-2021 05:07 PM
    2021-2022 (CURRENT) VOLUME TO DATE
    Attached is the latest PharmCAS applicant volume report as of October 2 versus the same time last year. The total number of applicant accounts in the system declined by -8.7%, and the number of applicants with Submitted status declined by -23.2%. The total number of applications increased by +11.9%, and submitted applications increased by +8.2% The mean number of submitted applications per applicant grew from 1.72 in 2020 to 2.54 in 2021. The absence of Early Decision likely contributed to a decline in the number of applicants who applied early in the cycle and an increase in mean designations. A new table on page 5 provides application volume by priority (non-binding) deadline. Schools with an October priority deadline had more applications on average compared to programs with later or no priority deadlines. It is too soon to know whether priority deadlines may significantly influence applicant behavior later in the cycle.

    2020-2021 (PREVIOUS) CYCLE
    The 2020-2021 PharmCAS Applicant Data Report (PDF) will be released by November 2021.

    Please contact Nicole Iarossi at with questions about specific applicants and AACP staff at with general PharmCAS questions or ideas. Thank you!

    Libby J. Ross, MA
    AACP Senior Director for Student Affairs