April 12, 2018
By Whitney Tarpy
OXFORD, Miss. – While many high school students’ summers consist of summer jobs and waiting for vacation, the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy is offering them a way to jumpstart their college and professional careers by participating in the UM Summer College Pre-Pharmacy Program.
During this four-week program running from June 27-July 27, prospective School of Pharmacy students experience university life and begin earning college credits at Ole Miss. Attendees will participate in exciting hands-on projects and pharmacy site visits, live in Ole Miss dorms and explore the Oxford community.
“This is an exclusive opportunity for high school students to see what the university, School of Pharmacy and the profession are all about,” said David D. Allen, dean of the School of Pharmacy. “They will get a great balance of academics and social experiences that can be truly transformative.”
Students will take two courses during the program, Chemistry Concepts and Elementary Statistics, and participate in a number of interactive activities, a pharmacy ethics overview and a pharmacy calculation activity. To participate in the classes, students must hold at least a 3.5 GPA and 24 composite ACT or SAT equivalent.
An active schedule outside of classes will also show participants the diverse career paths within the pharmacy profession. Students will tour the school’s medicinal plant garden, as well as visit a nuclear pharmacy, institutional pharmacy and community pharmacy.
“This is a great program for motivated high school students,” said Chelsea Bennett, the School of Pharmacy’s assistant dean for student services in Oxford. “Not only will they complete two college courses, but they will have the chance to learn more about our Early Entry program and gain great insight into the pharmacy profession.”
More information about Summer College can be found at pharmacy.olemiss.edu/summer-programs or outreach.olemiss.edu/schs. Questions about the program can be sent to admissions counselor Lindsey Cooper at firstname.lastname@example.org.