About Submitting Applicant Recommendations

How to submit letters of recommendation

  • Use PharmCAS: Use the PharmCAS Electronic Letters of Recommendation (eLOR) service to submit the recommendations that are required for a complete application.
  • Don't send to UCSF: Do not submit any recommendations to UCSF.

To access the PharmCAS eLOR service, and for instructions on how to submit these recommendations, log into your PharmCAS account and select References from the Checklist.

Number of recommendations required

  1. You must provide either 3 or 4 recommendations. If you submit fewer than 3 recommendations, your application will be considered incomplete and is subject to cancellation. If you submit more than 4 recommendations, additional ones will be discarded. We strongly suggest at least 1 recommendation be from a person who knows you through your college-level academic work.
  2. Reapplicants: You must provide at least 1 but no more than 4 new recommendations. If you fail to submit at least 1 new recommendation, your application will be considered incomplete and is subject to cancellation. If you submit more than 4 recommendations, additional ones will be discarded.

Deadline: November 1, 2017

All recommendations must be received by PharmCAS no later than the November 1, 2017 deadline. If any of your recommendations are late, your application will be considered incomplete and will be canceled. You are responsible for ensuring that your recommenders meet the application deadline.

Selecting recommenders

Select your recommenders carefully. Each one should know you well enough to provide us with an assessment of your academic aptitude, communication skills, and potential for a professional career. We strongly suggest at least 1 recommendation be from a person who knows you through your college-level academic work. This is usually, but does not have to be, a professor. We will not accept letters from friends or family members.

About letter services

The PharmCAS eLOR service will accept letters from a letter service. See the PharmCAS application instructions for information on how these letters should be submitted.

About personal letters of recommendation

The PharmCAS eLOR service will accept personal letters of recommendation. See the PharmCAS application instructions for information on how your evaluator can submit a paper recommendation.

More on this topic in our admissions director's blog

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Although not required reading, you'll find additional comments in Are Letters of Recommendation really THAT important?, a blog post by Admissions Director Joel W. Gonzales.

Problems? Questions?

See Frequently Asked Questions about the PharmD Degree Program.

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