Gato℞ Pharmacy Exploration Camp

Camp Dates:  Sunday, June 12th – Saturday, June 18th
                           For rising 12th graders

Program Cost:  For Summer 2022, The program cost will be covered by the UF College of Pharmacy. Therefore, for the summer of 2022 the program is free.

The Gator Pharmacy Exploration Camp is a residential program which will inspire high school students to consider the field of Pharmacy as their future career.  This weeklong event has activities designed to expose students to the profession of pharmacy. Additionally, students will engage in personal development with discussions and experiences around college readiness and college life.  The College of Pharmacy has a strong commitment to provide a diverse and inclusive learning environment through the recruitment and retention of underserved and historically underrepresented communities.

Program Eligibility

All students who will be classified as a senior in high school as of Fall 2022 are eligible to apply. Graduating seniors are encouraged to contact the PharmD Program directly for other opportunities to connect at pharmdadmissions@cop.ufl.edu

Important Information:  This program is available to Florida residents ONLY. Students must make a commitment to attend and participate in the entire program.  Please confirm no other academic, school-related, sports, or family events will conflict with the program dates.

In an effort to advance health equity and increase health care access in historically underserved communities, preference will be given to students from defined locations defined as medically underserved areas.

Application Fee and Program Cost

Application Fee: $20 (Application fees are non-refundable even if an application is rejected or waitlisted or in the event that a program is canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic or other circumstances beyond our control.)

Program Cost for Summer 2022: The program cost will be covered by the UF College of Pharmacy. Therefore, for the summer of 2022 the program is free.

Click below to pay the $20 Application Fee:

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Application Requirements for Gator Pharmacy

Applicants must create an account in our online application portal in order to apply for any student programs offered by UF CPET. The online application portal is www.ufcpet.smapply.us.    All components are submitted using the online application process unless noted.  After all the below components of the application are completed, student must log into their account and SUBMIT their application.

User Information: Provide applicant and parent/guardian contact information.

Application Form:  Additional information as well as answering two writing prompts.  The three writing prompts are as follows (each is 300- 500 words):

Prompt 1: What is your favorite subject or activity? What do you enjoy about this subject/activity?

Prompt 2: Please describe an experience that made you excited or curious to learn more about Pharmacy.

Prompt 3: What does helping others mean to you?

Endorsement Form:  One online Endorsement Form filled out and submitted by a high-school or college-level math, science, research, or computer science teacher or mentor is required.

We encourage you to ask a teacher or mentor who knows you well in a subject area you would like to pursue while you are here.

Endorsers will receive an automated request from noreply@smapply.io once a student has requested an endorsement in their online application. However, we recommend that students contact their teacher prior to filling out the online request.

If they do not receive an email from our system, please double-check that you have their correct email address before contacting us. This is the #1 reason why teachers do not receive the endorsement form.

High School Transcript (Offline Task*, see note below):  Submit your unofficial transcript with first semester (Fall 2021) grades to UF CPET via FAX.

Our FAX is 352-392-2344 (Not sure how to FAX? Ask your guidance counselor for help).

Our fax machine gets really busy during application season, especially as deadlines approach. Make sure your fax sends before walking away!

Students are required to have started their application before transcripts are received.  Transcripts received without an associated on-line application account will be destroyed.

Application Fee (Offline Task*, see note below):  The link to pay the $20 Application Fee is available from www.cpet.ufl.edu.  Students attending a Florida High School who qualify for free and reduced may request an Application Fee Waiver. 

*Offline Tasks: In the application portal, students are required to acknowledge the requirement of the each of these “offline” portions by clicking “submit for approval”. The CPET office will log receipt of the each requirement. Please note that our system may be automated, but our process isn’t!  When you send your transcript, we still need to look it over and make sure it has everything we need before a person goes into the system to let you know that we’ve received it. This can take up to three business days based on how many applications we are receiving simultaneously. After the requirement is logged, students will need to complete the section by clicking “complete” in the on-line portal.

Application Deadlines & Notifications

Student must submit application by April 22nd.

Participants will be notified of a decision by May 6th.  The three possible decisions are as follows:  invited to attend, waitlist, or not invited.

What will I do in the program?

As a participant, you will attend presentations, skills labs, discussion groups, workshops and social/teambuilding activities.  You will receive mentoring from pre-pharmacy and Doctor of Pharmacy students.  You will learn directly from pharmacists about their different practice settings.  Additionally, you will come to understand the wide variety of opportunities available for pharmacy students.  You will participate in a group project about public health.  The different pathways into pharmacy school will be shared so students can develop their individualized plans for their pharmacy journeys, including being exposed to the UF Pharmacy Early Assurance Program.  Finally, students will be introduced to wellness and self-care as important components of a successful collegiate experience.

Program activities may include (not an exhaustive list):

  • Tour of the College of Pharmacy
  • Discussion with Pharmacists from various specialties
  • Learn basic Pharmacy calculations and compounding skills
  • Interactions with current Prepharmacy and PharmD students
  • Exploration of some of the over 100 different career paths available with a Doctor of Pharmacy degree
  • UF College of Pharmacy “swag”
Contact Information

Please contact the UF College of Pharmacy staff at prepharmacy@cop.ufl.edu