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I have applied to schools for the past three years with no success. Do schools know whether a student has applied in the past? Do they keep all of our interview materials, essays, etc? I'm hoping that three times a charm this year. :D
 

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I have applied to schools for the past three years with no success. Do schools know whether a student has applied in the past? Do they keep all of our interview materials, essays, etc? I'm hoping that three times a charm this year. :D

They only know if you tell them. I don't think PharmCAS has a place on their application form, but most supplementals have a checkbox at the very least so you can let them know you've applied before. They generally have a follow-up question to find out what you've done with yourself since last year. For the ones that don't, it would be best to include in any space they give you on the supplemental apps. It allows them to know how interested you are in their school and what you've been doing to meet their expectations. Before it got so competitive, repeat applications was generally considered flattering. I'm not sure how it's considered now. I'd imagine it should give you an edge over a twin applicant that hadn't applied before at the very least.
 
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