School of Pharmacy

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Pre-Pharmacy

UM’s three-year pre-pharmacy curriculum fosters mastery of the knowledge and skills needed for admission in today’s Pharm.D. programs. To enroll in pre-pharmacy courses at UM, you must submit an undergraduate application to UM and an online supplemental application to the UM School of Pharmacy.

Pre-pharmacy: For high school seniors and others desiring to complete their pre-pharmacy courses at UM

  • Apply to the University of Mississippi
  • Go to the UM Admissions page
  • Select Apply Now
  • Select Undergraduate Application
  • Select pre-pharmacy as your major

Professional Program: Early Entry

High school seniors can be admitted into the School of Pharmacy through UM’s Early Entry Program with a minimum composite ACT score of 25 (Math subscore 25) and a qualifying admission score of 65 or higher (ACT + 10 x GPA). If a student does not meet the minimum ACT Math subscore, they may take prerequisite courses for biology and chemistry in order to enroll.

Those selected for the program are eligible for scholarships unavailable to other students and may avoid the competitive selection process for regular entry admission. To be considered for early entry, you must submit an undergraduate application to UM and an online supplemental application to the UM School of Pharmacy.

Early Entry: For high school seniors only.

  1. Apply to the University of Mississippi
    • Go to the UM Admissions page
    • Select Apply Now
    • Select Undergraduate Application
    • Select Pre-Pharmacy as your major
  2. After completing the UM application and submitting the application fee, select Special Programs & Scholarship Application
    • Select I want to sign in using my admissions application number and date of birth
    • Select Pharmacy
    • Select the Pharmacy tab to access the Supplemental Application
    • Complete the Supplemental Application and submit
  3. To be considered for Early Entry into the Bachelor of Science in Pharmaceutical Sciences program, qualified students must submit the UM Special Programs and Scholarship Application (in addition to the online University of Mississippi application) by January 5. The application is available at http://www.olemiss.edu/applynow/supplemental.html.In addition, a nonrefundable $60 application fee must be received by January 5 by the Office of the Assistant Dean of Student Services, School of Pharmacy, The University of Mississippi, University, MS 38677-1848.An official transcript should be submitted to the Office of Admissions, The University of Mississippi, University, MS 38677. When applying to the university, applicants should indicate their major as “pre-pharmacy” under the School of Pharmacy listing. Applicants will be invited to attend an Early Entry Applicant Day at which attendance is mandatory. Applicant Days are scheduled during the early spring semester. Final decisions regarding admission to the Early Entry Program will be communicated no later than April 1.

Professional Program: Regular Entry

If you are completing your pre-pharmacy courses this year, you may apply for regular-entry admission to the UM School of Pharmacy’s professional degree program (B.S.P.S./Pharm.D). To be eligible, you must have a scaled composite PCAT (Pharmacy College Admission Test) score of 395 and a 2.75 GPA on required pre-pharmacy courses. Please note that we require PCAT scores from the current testing cycle. Regular entry applications must be submitted online via the Pharmacy College Application Service by February 1 for admission the following August.

PharmD Early Decision Application Process

The Early Decision Program is encouraged if the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy is the applicant’s first choice and the applicant intends to enroll if accepted. The Early Decision option allows for application to only one pharmacy degree program/institution during the current cycle. However, if the applicant is deferred to regular applicant status, the application will roll in to the institution’s regular admissions cycle and the applicant may then apply to additional pharmacy programs for an additional fee. For further information regarding the Early Decision Program, visit http://www.pharmcas.org/applicants/edp.htm.

Students are encouraged to submit their Pharmacy College Application Service (PharmCAS) application between July and September before interviews commence.

Early Decision applicants must submit the PharmCAS application by September 6, 2016. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that all materials are received by PharmCAS by the September 6 deadline. Failure to do so will result in an automatic change to regular applicant status. PharmCAS requires 4 to 6 weeks for verification purposes before an application is forwarded to individual colleges of pharmacy. Applications that are not verified by PharmCAS will not be released and will not be considered for admission. Applicants should access PharmCAS regularly to ensure that all materials have been received.

A minimum composite scaled score of 395 on the Pharmacy College Admission Test (PCAT), taken during the current testing cycle, is also required. In addition, a 3.0 on the PCAT Writing Test is required.

Early Decision applicants must also submit the online UM Special Programs and Scholarship Application and $85 application fee by September 6, 2016.

Competitive applicants will be invited to interviews via email approximately 2 weeks in advance. Early Decision Interviews will be held in early October. Applicants can expect to spend approximately 5 hours on campus for the interview process. Any remaining seats may be filled by regular admissions applicants. As per our rolling admissions process, we will continue filling seats after interviews in October, November, January and February.

PharmCAS institutions will announce early decisions as soon as possible, but no later than October 21st. Students may be notified of regular admission decisions via email within several weeks or several months after their interview date, given the rolling admissions process. All students admitted will be provisionally admitted until they have met several requirements (Criminal Background Check, Final Transcript Submission, Coursework Completion, etc.). All applicants will be notified by April of their admissions status. Upon notification of admission to the program, a $500 nonrefundable seat deposit will be required to hold the applicant’s seat in the program. Upon matriculation to the program, the seat deposit will be applied to the first semester fees.

Applicants may contact the Office of Student Services (Oxford) with questions regarding their application status or application competitiveness (pharmstuservices@olemiss.edu).

Regular Admissions Application Process

Regular Admissions Applicants are encouraged to apply July through September with a final deadline of February 1. Per our rolling admissions policy, applicants are interviewed and admissions decisions are made on a continual basis from October until the class is filled. If not immediately accepted, applications will roll over to the next round of committee reviews. Early application ensures that the applicant’s file will receive multiple reviews by the Scholastic Standards Committee. Seats will fill quickly, so early application is strongly encouraged.

It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that all materials are received by PharmCAS well before the February 1 deadline. PharmCAS requires 4 to 6 weeks for verification purposes before an application is forwarded to individual colleges of pharmacy. Applications that are not verified by PharmCAS will not be released and will not be considered for admission. Applicants should access PharmCAS regularly to ensure that all materials have been received. Students are encouraged to complete the PharmCAS Academic Update Window in early December to be considered for January and February interviews.

A minimum composite scaled score of 395 on the Pharmacy College Admission Test (PCAT), taken during the current testing cycle, is also required. In addition, a 3.0 on the PCAT Writing Test is required. Regular Admissions applicants must also submit the online UM Special Programs and Scholarship Application and $85 application fee by February 1.

Competitive applicants will be invited to interviews via email approximately 2 weeks in advance. Regular Admissions Interviews will be conducted in a continuous fashion from October to February. The rolling admission process will utilize the criteria established by the Scholastic Standards Committee (see below) with the Committee working throughout the year to process applications in an expedited manner.

Maximum GPA on required Pre-pharmacy courses (all grades inclusive) 4
Maximum PCAT composite percentile score x 2 x 0.01 2
Maximum Health Sciences Reasoning Test score x 0.01 (completed during Applicant Day) 1
Interview 1
Evaluation of resume material submitted on standardized forms during Applicant Day: 33.3% for leadership, 33.3% for services, and 33.3% for work experience. In case of the latter parameter, the maximum score is only awarded to those with pharmacy experience. Only data on leadership, service, and work experience occurring in the previous three years will be evaluated with the exception that all pharmacy experience will be considered. 2
Total possible score 10
In addition, two bonus factors will be added, to the admissions score.
(1) UM factor 0.4
In order for a student to receive benefit of the UM factor, all required Pre-pharmacy courses (excluding electives in humanities, fine arts, and social sciences) must be completed at the University of Mississippi with a 2.75 GPA or higher. College credits or exemptions from college courses earned prior to either high school graduation or freshman admission will not disqualify a student from the UM factor.
(2) Previous degree factor 0.5
Degree bonus is awarded to applicants who possess a previous master’s or higher degree in any major from an accredited institution. The bonus will be applied if the degree is awarded no later than the end of the spring semester immediately preceding enrollment in the School of Pharmacy.

The admissions review process occurs approximately every four weeks, and applicants will be notified as the committee reviews each application. All applicants will be notified of their admissions status no later than April 1st. Upon notification of admission to the program, a $500 nonrefundable seat deposit will be required to hold the applicant’s seat in the program. Upon matriculation to the program, the seat deposit will be applied to the first semester fees. Applicants may contact the Office of Student Services (Oxford) with questions regarding their application status or application competitiveness (pharmstuservices@olemiss.edu).

Candidates eligible for admission may be extended an offer at various times during an admission cycle with the intent of getting the highest qualified candidates as soon as possible during the admission process. Students may be notified of regular admission decisions via email within several weeks or several months after their interview date, given the rolling admissions process. All students considered for admission will be provisionally admitted until they have met several requirements (Criminal Background Check, Final Transcript Submission, Coursework Completion, etc.).

Completion of the minimum requirements will not ensure admission into the B.S. in Pharmaceutical Sciences program. Decisions regarding admissions to the B.S. in Pharmaceutical Sciences program will be based on policies established by the faculty. Preference will be given to U.S. citizens who are either residents of Mississippi or who are non-Mississippi students who completed all of their required pre-pharmacy work at The University of Mississippi. Applications from outstanding students who are U.S. citizens, but nonresidents of Mississippi, who completed their pre-pharmacy course work at schools other than The University of Mississippi, will be given consideration for admission.