Preferred Admission Program

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Advancing pharmacy education in Mississippi

The Preferred Admission Program provides prioritized admission to the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy for pre-pharmacy students who excel in their academic performance at participating Mississippi institutions of higher learning. The program allows students to complete pre-pharmacy requirements closer to their desired location before enrolling in professional program at the UM, as well as creates partnerships with other Mississippi universities to train quality pharmacists for our state.

Participating Institutions

Alcorn State University

Jackson State University

Millsaps College

Mississippi College

Mississippi State University

Tougaloo College


Requirements for Admission 

Potential criteria for consideration of acceptance into the Preferred Admission Program include:

  • Minimum GPA expectations each semester in required pre-pharmacy courses
  • C or above in each required course
  • Demonstrated volunteer and service experiences

Qualifying full-time students from the participating universities will gain entry into the Preferred Admission Program following the first semester of their freshman year. If these students abide by the progression and retention criteria of the program, they will be granted preferential admission into the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy beginning their fourth year. Upon admission, these students will complete the required coursework at UM and receive the B.S. in Pharmaceutical Sciences at the end of their fourth year (first year at UM). Then they will automatically be admitted into the Doctor of Pharmacy program as long as they meet additional progression and program requirements.

Application and Deadlines

Students will apply during the beginning of the Spring semester of their freshman year via the School of Pharmacy website.

Each subsequent semester, program participants will be required to send an unofficial transcript to the School of Pharmacy. They will also follow standard admission procedures.


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