School of Pharmacy

The University of Mississippi

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Financial Aid

The School of Pharmacy offers 10 seven-year scholarships of $1,000 per year to select Early Entry Applicants. Continuation of these scholarships is dependent upon retaining early-entry status. All accepted applicants are considered candidates for these awards, and recipients are selected based on admission criteria.

Following completion of the freshman year, all participants who achieve at least a 3.5 GPA on required courses will receive a performance scholarship for the second year. The scholarship amount will be increased each succeeding year that the 3.5 GPA on required courses in the preceding year is maintained through completion of the Doctor of Pharmacy program.

Information for incoming freshmen: http://finaid.olemiss.edu/prospective-freshmen/

Estimated Cost of Attendance: http://finaid.olemiss.edu/cost-of-attendance/#3

For more information contact Lacy Ware in the Office of Financial Aid at lacy@olemiss.edu

What is Pharmacy?

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Pharmacists are the vital—and most accessible—medication experts on a patient’s health care team. They ensure patients get the correct medications in the correct doses, keep track of all medications patients take to prevent harmful interactions, and offer advice to physicians and patients to help manage their medication therapies. Millions of Americans trust pharmacists to administer immunizations and help them manage chronic conditions such as asthma, diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol.

Although the majority of pharmacists work in community pharmacies, there is a large demand for pharmacists in a wide variety of occupational settings, including hospitals, nursing homes, research labs, and specialty pharmacies. For a complete list of career opportunities visit pharmacy.olemiss.edu/careers.

For a printable list of careers in pharmacy, click here.

To become a pharmacist, you must earn a Doctor of Pharmacy degree and pass the national licensure exam. Earning a Pharm.D. from The University of Mississippi requires seven years of study, including three years of pre-pharmacy courses and four years of professional pharmacy courses.

Pre-Pharmacy Courses: http://pharmacy.olemiss.edu/earlyentry/index/eecurriculum/

What is the Early Entry Program?

The Early Entry Program is a unique program that allows qualified high school seniors to apply for and be admitted directly into the School of Pharmacy’s professional degree program. This allows students to avoid the competitive selection process for regular entry admission.

All students who complete the three year pre-pharmacy program and first year of the professional curriculum receive a Bachelor of Science in Pharmaceutical Sciences degree.

B.S.P.S. graduates must complete an additional three years of study to earn the Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) degree and sit for the national licensure exam to practice pharmacy.

Acceptance into the Early Entry Program is based on an applicant’s academic ability and aptitude for the study of pharmacy. Two of the primary factors considered are academic performance (GPA + ACT or SAT test scores) and extracurricular activities. Students must also participate in an on campus interview.

Consideration for the Early Entry Program is based on:

  • A preferred composite ACT score of 25, or a 1130 [Math (M) plus Verbal (V)] or 1700 (M+V+Writing) on their SAT.
  • A preferred admissions score of 65  or greater when inserting composite ACT score (or SAT equivalent) and high school GPA into this formula:

Academic Score Calculator: GPA** _____ x 10 + ACT Composite _____ ≥ 65 

**weighted GPA grades 9-12

For example, a 31 on the ACT and a 3.5 GPA would yield a score of 66

If students do not have a 25 Math ACT sub score or equivalent Math sub score on the SAT they will be required to complete one of the following prerequisites before beginning the Early Entry Program during the fall of their freshman year. These classes can be taken at a local community college or online through The University of Mississippi. The class options are: Minimum B in Chem 101 or minimum B in Math 121 (College Algebra) and Math 123 (Trigonometry) or minimum B in Math 125 or higher

To be considered for entry to the Early Entry Program, students must submit and undergraduate application to The University of Mississippi and complete The Special Programs and Scholarship Application by January 15th. Students should select Pharmaceutical Sciences as their major when completing the application. The application to The University of Mississippi and The Special Programs and Scholarship Application can be found here: http://www.olemiss.edu/applynow/

FAQ

How many applicants are there each year and how many are accepted?

In 2016 there were over 200 applicants for the Early Entry Program and approximately 100 applicants were offered a seat in the class.

I know the minimum requirements for the Early Entry Program, but what is the average ACT score and GPA of accepted students?

The average ACT score for admitted students in 2016 was a 29.36 and the average weighted GPA was 3.99.

What are the advantages of being part of the Early Entry Program?

Students who participate in the Early Entry Program are guaranteed a seat in the professional program beginning their fourth year. Applying for the program early takes off the pressure of applying as a junior in college when the competition is tougher.

Early Entry students are eligible for additional financial aid opportunities offered by The School of Pharmacy based on classroom performance. Students also have access to professional development events, opportunities to develop relationships with faculty members and are encouraged to take advantage of the free tutoring offered by The School of Pharmacy.

How can I help students prepare to apply for the Early Entry Program?

Students should maintain a high GPA throughout high school, stay active in their school and local community and work towards the highest ACT score possible.

Applicants will be evaluated on their academic achievements as well as the work, leadership, and service demonstrated on their resume.

We encourage students to take the most advanced science class offered during their senior year to prepare them for the rigorous pre-pharmacy coursework.

Some dual enrollment and AP credit may be accepted, however Early Entry students must maintain a minimum of 14 hours of course credit each semester.

For more information, contact pharmstuservices@olemiss.edu or (662) 915-7996.

Interview? How can I help students prepare?

All students must participate in an interview before they will considered for admission to The Early Entry Program. To prepare for the interview, students should have a strong grasp on their own personal strengths, the value of personal experiences, and the profession of pharmacy. They should also be familiar with their resume. Students should be able to articulate the unique contributions they can make to the Early Entry Program and The School of Pharmacy if accepted.

What scholarship opportunities will be offered to Early Entry Students?

The top 10 Early Entry students are eligible for a $1,000 recruitment scholarship based on their test scores and GPA. 

Following their first year in the Early Entry Program, students are eligible for additional financial aid based on classroom performance. Students who maintain a high GPA will be awarded an additional $1,000 each year as long as they maintain a 3.5 GPA or above.

If students do not meet the minimum requirements for the Early Entry Program can they still major in pharmacy?

Absolutely! Students who are not qualified for the Early Entry Program can enroll as a pre-pharmacy BSPS student at The University of Mississippi. They will be advised by a pharmacy advisor throughout their time as a pre-pharmacy major. However, these students will have to apply for the professional pharmacy program between their sophomore and junior years of college. More information about the admissions requirements for regular-entry pharmacy students can be found here: http://pharmacy.olemiss.edu/professional/

How can my students learn more about pharmacy?

We host several events throughout the year that give students the opportunity to visit campus, meet current pharmacy students and pharmacy representatives, and learn about our programs. Students can also set up a private visit by contacting one of our Admissions Counselors.

For more information or to schedule a visit, contact Admissions Counselor Ms. Lindsey Cooper at lindsey@olemiss.edu or 662-915-1323.

Sign up for a campus visit here: http://admissions.olemiss.edu/visiting-the-university-of-mississippi/

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Important Dates and Deadlines (Class Entering Pharmacy School Fall 2017)

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FAQ

When should students apply for pharmacy school?

Students should apply one whole year before they plan to start the program. The July application is encouraged.

Does all coursework need to be completed before students submit their application?

Although coursework may still be in progress, all coursework must be completed before enrolling in pharmacy school.

Is a Bachelor’s degree required?

No.

When should students take the PCAT?

The PCAT must be taken during the same admission cycle that the student applies. For example, a student applying Fall 2018 must complete the PCAT between January 2017 and the end of the 2017-2018 testing cycle.

When will the university application be available?

The university undergraduate application will be available in mid-July. See admissions.olemiss.edu for full application details.

Do students apply to the university as undergraduate or graduate students?

All regular-entry students who are not current University of Mississippi students will complete an undergraduate admissions application.

Do current Ole Miss students need to submit another undergraduate application?

No. Accepted transfer students do not need to reapply, either.

When will the new dates and deadlines for PharmCAS applications be available?

We anticipate the new dates and deadlines to be available in late spring or early summer.

What is the recommended GPA and PCAT score to apply?

Preferred math/science GPA: 2.75; preferred PCAT: 395; preferred PCAT Writing: 3.0

What are the average GPA and PCAT scores for incoming students?

Our average GPA for 2017 is 3.58. Our average PCAT score is 410.66.

How many students are accepted each year?

We accept 115 students per year. There are usually about twice as many applicants as available seats.

Are out-of-state tuition waivers available?

Yes, up to 10 students who score in the 80th percentile or higher on the PCAT can receive out-of-state tuition waivers for the first 2 years of the program.

Mississippi state law allows students to begin the residency process when they turn 21. All students can obtain residency after their first or second year of pharmacy school, depending on when they turn 21.

Four-Year College/University Advisors

Important Dates and Deadlines (Class Entering Pharmacy School Fall 2017)

Helpful Links and Downloads

FAQ

When should students apply for pharmacy school?

Students should apply one whole year before they plan to start the program. The July application is recommended.

Does all coursework need to be completed before students submit their application?

Although coursework may still be in progress, all coursework must be completed the following spring semester to be eligible for admission.

Is a Bachelor’s degree required?

No.

When should students take the PCAT?

The PCAT must be taken during the same admissions cycle that the student applies. For example, a student applying Fall 2018 must complete the PCAT between January 2017 and the end of the 2017-2018 testing cycle.

When will the University application be available?

The University undergraduate application will be available in mid-July. See http://admissions.olemiss.edu/ for full application details.

Do students apply to the university as undergraduate or graduate students?

All regular-entry students who are not current University of Mississippi students will complete an undergraduate admissions application.

Do current Ole Miss students need to submit another undergraduate application?

No. Accepted transfer students do not need to reapply, either.

When will the new dates and deadlines for PharmCAS applications be available?

We anticipate the new dates and deadlines to be available in late spring or early summer.

What is the recommended GPA and PCAT score to apply?

Preferred math/science GPA: 2.75; preferred PCAT 395 and PCAT Writing 3.0

What are the average GPA and PCAT scores for incoming students?

Our average GPA is 3.58. Our average PCAT score is 410.66.

How many students are accepted each year?

We accept 115 students per year. There are usually about twice as many applicants as available seats.

Are out-of-state tuition waivers available?

Yes, up to 10 students who score in the 80th percentile or higher on the PCAT can receive out-of-state tuition waivers for the first 2 years of the program.

Mississippi state law allows students to begin the residency process when they turn 21. All students can obtain residency after their first or second year of pharmacy school, depending on when they turn 21.