COOPERATIVE ADMISSIONS GUIDELINESSome pharmacy schools voluntarily participate in the AACP Cooperative Admissions Guidelines (CAG), also known as admissions traffic rules. The guidelines for applicants are below. Applicants who are accepted to a Pharm.D. program and decide not to enroll for any reason are instructed to immediately notify the school of their decision, regardless of the school's CAG participation status.After March 1:
SUBMIT INITIAL DECISION CODES BY MARCH 1All PharmCAS institutions, regardless of CAG status, are expected to enter Offer Made and Offer Accepted decision codes to date on a regular basis and by no later than March 1, so that the "Competing Offers Made" and "Competing Offers Accepted" reports in WebAdMIT reflect current and accurate data. WebAdMIT Support can assist with bulk code changes, as needed. PharmCAS does not display decision codes to applicants. Below are definitions for select codes. Please refer to the PharmCAS School Manual to learn more.
While strongly encouraged, not all colleges and schools may enter decision codes in WebAdMIT by March 1 or on a consistent basis for a variety of reasons. Therefore, the "Competing Offers Made" and "Competing Offers Accepted" reports may not always reflect up-to-date information for reasons beyond an applicant's control. Final decision codes for the 2021-2022 cycle are due by September 30.POST-ACCEPTANCE GUIDANCE FOR ALL SCHOOLSAACP has received unverified reports of applicants being pressured to cancel their interviews after accepting an offer of admission to another school of pharmacy. AACP and the PharmCAS Advisory Committee strongly discourage this admissions practice. While accepted applicants can and should be encouraged to respond to all offers of admission in a timely manner, they are still free to apply to and interview with additional schools after paying a deposit or accepting an offer elsewhere. Based on a previous analysis of the Department of Justice (DOJ) decision relative to the NACAC Code of Ethics, schools cannot attempt to to limit an applicant's choice of programs at any time, including after acceptance or matriculation. Please consult with your institutional legal counsel for guidance.QUESTIONSPlease contact CAS@aacp.org, if questions. Thank you!