June 23 - June 29, 2024

Eligible for Florida students entering grade 12

Click here to apply to Gator Pharmacy:  https://ufcpet.smapply.us/

Program Cost:  No Cost To Student - $300 stipend will be provided to support students' travel costs and other expenses

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 University of Florida College of Pharmacy strives to provide an accessible and welcoming environment for all who share in our mission-driven pursuit of excellence, including those from diverse backgrounds. The college is committed to cultivating an environment where everyone is respected for their intrinsic value, and developing the next generation of clinicians and scientists who will positively impact the health of others.


Program Eligibility

All students who will be classified as a senior in high school as of Fall 2024 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 eliminate health disparities and increase health care access in historically underserved communities, preference will be given to students from HRSA defined locations defined as medically underserved areas or from Federally designated Title 1 schools.

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 other circumstances beyond our control.)

Program Cost : No Cost to Student - Accepted students will be provided a $300.00 stipend to cover travel costs and other expenses. Program includes room and board, meals, transportation, academy resources and activities.


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 will open January 15, 2024.    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 three 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 2023) 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

The application portal will open on: January 15th, 2024

Application deadline - March 15th, 2024

Applicaiton Invitation Notice - Early April, 2024

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