University of South Carolina

College of Pharmacy

Contact Information (back to top)

Admissions Office Contact:

Nikki Mellen
Director of Admissions

College of Pharmacy

715 Sumter Street
CLS 109
Columbia , South Carolina 29208

Phone (Work): 803-777-0589

Phone (Fax): 803-777-2775


Program Deadline (back to top)

PharmCAS Application and Transcript Deadline for the class entering fall of 2019: February 1, 2019

Accreditation Status (back to top)

ACPE Accreditation Status: Full Accreditation

Program Information (back to top)

Do you follow the AACP Cooperative Admissions Guidelines? No
Institution Type: Public
Is your institution part of an academic health center? Yes
Type of academic term:
  • Semester (two terms per academic year)
Dual Degree Programs Yes
If Yes, Check all that apply:
  • PharmD/Ph.D.
  • PharmD/M.B.A
  • PharmD/M.P.H.
  • Other
  • If Other, please list:Pharm.D./M.H.I.T. (Masters in Health Information Technology)
Structure of your PharmD program: 2-4 (two years prepharmacy required)
Is a Baccalaureate degree preferred for admissions? No
Open House Information:
  • Dates



    The USC College of Pharmacy hosts an Open House each semester. Additional information, dates, registration, etc. will be posted to our website

Does your institution participate in the Early Decision Program (EDP)? Yes
Alternative enrollment options available
  • Early Assurance
Is your institution participating in the Centralized Criminal Background Check (CBC)? Yes
Is your institution participating in the PharmCAS-facilitated Drug Screening Service? Yes
Satellite/Branch Campuses:
  • GHS (Greenville Health System - Greenville, South Carolina)

Program Description (back to top)

The University of South Carolina (USC) began educating pharmacists more than 150 years ago.  After a successful partnership that began in 2004 with the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC), the universities' boards of trustees voted in 2015 to pursue independent accreditation.  The University of South Carolina College of Pharmacy's doctor of pharmacy program has been granted accredited status by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education and appoved by the South Carolina Commission on Higher Education.  As a result, students admitted into the joint South Carolina College of Pharmacy (SCCP) program are following that curriculum and will graduate from the SCCP while students admitted in fall 2016 and beyond have joined the USC College of Pharmacy's legacy Pharm.D. program.

The USC College of Pharmacy consists of the University of South Carolina campus, based at a large, comprehensive research university, and the Greenville Health System (GHS) University Medical Center campus - a progressive hospital system - to provide high-quality pharmacy education.  Students have access to internationally renowned faculty, a broad range of local, national, and international training opportunities, and a wide array of leadership opportunities.  Carolina's College of Pharmacy offers pharmacy education and service learning experiences throughout the state, sponsors multiple residency and fellowship programs, and conducts pioneering research to generate new therapies for diseases such as cancer, Alzheimer's and addiction.  Several centers located at the college provide additional learning opportunities for students, such as the Kennedy Pharmacy Innovation Center and the Palmetto Poison Center.

The University of South Carolina College of Pharmacy offers a four-year Pharm.D. program as well as four dual-degree programs in business, public health, health information technology and pharmaceutical sciences that allow students to earn an additional graduate degree while completing their professional pharmacy studies.  In addition, students can customize their education through three track programs that provide training in business, residency preparation, and leadership.  Each year, the college admits 110 students to each class.  Students may also apply to complete their last two years on the GHS campus, which can accommodate 25 third-year students and a larger number of fourth-year students.

Students completing a pharmacy education at the University of South Carolina have additional advantages as part of a large, comprehensive, research university.  Pharmacy students have the opportunity to learn with and from other University of South Carolina healthcare profession students in didactic and experiential courses within the curriculum and extracurricular organizations and outside activities.  Students also enjoy traditional benefits of tickets at university sporting events, membership in the over 400 student organizations on campus, and various activities that take place around campus.

The college's vision is to be the destination to empower pharmacy students, researchers, educators, and practitioners to transform healthcare globally.

Our mission is to prepare the next generation of innovative and collaborative pharmacists and health scientists while pioneering clinical, entrepreneurial, and research endeavors to improve health outcomes for residents of South Carolina and beyond.  We accomplish this by:

  • Providing comprehensive pharmacy education
  • Establishing optimal student experiences
  • Conducting and disseminating state of the art research
  • Expanding pharmacy practice, post-graduate training, and business opportunities
  • Continually building a culture of compassion, inclusiveness and collegiality
  • Growing alumni and partner relationships
  • Engaging in community research
  • Fostering faculty and staff development

Program Statistics and Criteria (back to top)

Estimated number planning to interview for fall 2019 entering class: 250
Estimated number planning to accept for fall 2019 entering class: 130
Estimated fall 2019 entering class size including early assurance: 110
Estimated number of early assurance students advancing to the professional program in 2019: N/A
Is preference given to in-state applicants vs. out-of-state applicants? Yes
Number of IN-STATE seats available for fall 2019 entering class: 77 - 110
Number of OUT-OF-STATE seats available for fall 2019 entering class: 0 - 33
Minimum overall GPA considered: 2.5
Minimum prerequisite GPA considered: N/A
Minimum composite PCAT score considered: No minimum; however the average composite has ranged from 55-65% for several years
Previous college experience prior to enrolling in the school/college of pharmacy: 1 to 2 years, no degree (1-60 sem hrs)
Does your program require pharmacy observation hours? Recommended, but not required
Estimated percent of males in 2018 entering class: 31%
Estimated percent of females in 2018 entering class: 69%
Estimated average GPA of accepted students in 2018 entering class: 3.65
Age RANGE of entering students for fall 2018 class: 18- 31 years old
Ratio of applications received to the number of first-year students enrolled in fall 2018 class: 2.5:1

Program Prerequisites (back to top)

Total number of college SEMESTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: 66
Total number of basic science college SEMESTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: 36
Total number of college QUARTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: 99
Applicants must successfully complete ALL course prerequisites by the end of the: Summer 2019 term
Course Prerequisites Table
Course Title Semester Hours Quarter Hours
Total 66   99 
General Chemistry I with Lab 
General Chemistry II with Lab 
Physics  4.5 
Calculus  4.5 
Statistics  4.5 
General Biology I with Lab 
English: Reading/Composition  4.5 
English: Literature/Composition  4.5 
Speech/Verbal Skills/Public Speaking  4.5 
Economics  4.5 
General Psychology  4.5 
Human Anatomy or Human Anatomy & Physiology I  4.5 
Human Physiology or Human Anatomy & Physiology II  4.5 
Liberal art electives  13.5 
Microbiology   4.5 
General Biology II with Lab 
Organic Chemistry I with Lab 
Organic Chemistry II with Lab 

Additional Information

Science courses must be for majors.  General biology I and II, general chemistry I and II and organic chemistry I and II courses must include a laboratory component. With prior approval from the College of Pharmacy, you may substitute two general biology courses with a combination of 1) botany and zoology or 2) genetics and cell biology.  We do not require a lab component for physics, microbiology or anatomy and physiology I and II.  We will accept a combination of a separate human comparative anatomy course (3 credit hours) and human physiology course (3 credit hours) to fulfill the 6-credit hour Anatomy and Physiology requirement. Liberal Art electives can include humanities and social science courses. Examples of commonly accepted humanities include: art, business, ethics, creative writing, fine arts, languages, music, religion, and theatre. Examples of social sciences include anthropology, additional economic courses, geography, history, management, political science, sociology, and women studies.


AP Credits Accepted for Prerequisite Coursework


Supplemental Application (back to top)

Supplemental Application Required


Details: Follow the link for the USC College of Pharmacy admissions procedures/components provided on the College website
Deadline: 2/15/19Received by deadline
Supplemental Application fee: $65
Obtaining the Supplemental Application:

The Supplemental Application will be accessible for the USC COP via the website beginning July 18, 2018.  Applicants that do not submit both the PharmCAS and the USC College of Pharmacy Supplemental Application will NOT be considered for an interview as their application will be considered incomplete.


Tests (back to top)

PCAT required?


The oldest PCAT considered: 5 years

We advise completion of the PCAT during the Summer or Fall of 2018.

Note: Select PharmCAS Code 104 to report PCAT scores directly to PharmCAS.
TOEFL® required?



International students must be proficient in English.  Proficiency is measured through the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). A score of at least 550 on the paper based exam, 77 on the internet based TOEFL, or 210 on the computer based TOEFL, is required.

Note:Select code 8246 to report TOEFL scores directly to PharmCAS.
Other required tests or credentials:

Experience (back to top)

Is health care-related experience required? Not required

Residency (back to top)

Is proof of state residency required? Yes
Is preference given to state residents? Yes
Is preference given to residents of other states? No

Foreign Applicants (back to top)

Is proof of U.S. residency required? Yes
Are foreign citizens considered? Yes
Are U.S. permanent residents considered? Yes
Are Canadian citizens considered? Yes
Policy for accepting non-U.S. coursework (excluding study abroad): Send a foreign transcript evaluation report (FTER) to PharmCAS
Deadline for receiving foreign transcripts/evaluations: 2/1/18 Received by deadline

At least 42 hours of your pharmacy prerequisite courses including english language and public speaking must have been completed at a college or university accredited in the United States, excluding courses delivered via electronic media.  More information regarding requirements for international students can be found on our website at



Letters of Reference (back to top)

Are letters of reference (LORs) accepted? Yes
Number of LORs you accept: Three (3)
Are LORs required? Yes
Do applicants send the LORs to PharmCAS, or directly to your school? to PharmCAS
Institution Specific Details:

Three electronic evaluations (letters of reference/recommendation) are required and accessed through the PharmCAS application.

LOR types that are REQUIRED:


  • Co-Worker
  • Employer
  • Faculty Adviser
  • Pharmacist
  • Pre-Health Adviser
  • Professor (Liberal Arts)
  • Professor (Math)
  • Professor (Science)
  • Supervisor
  • Teaching Assistant


Note: please verify the institution specific details regarding CONDITIONALLY ACCEPTED LOR types.

  • Clergy
  • Health Care Professional
  • Politician
  • Electronic evaluations/letters of reference/recommendation from these types of individuals should contain information pertaining to academics, work ethic, extracurricular involvement, etc. If your relationship/interactions with these individuals does not allow them to address these areas, they would be deemed as inappropriate references.

LOR types that are NOT ACCEPTED:

  • Family Member
  • Friend
Are Committee Letters accepted? No
Are Composite Letters accepted? No

Interviews (back to top)

Does your institution conduct interviews? Yes
Interview Format:
  • Individual applicants with one interviewer
Interview Dates:
  • September 2018 thru March 2019

Interviews are by invitation only and required for admission into the Pharm.D. program.  The Interview Day is a half-day in length. It includes an overview of the program by one of the Deans, a tour of the pharmacy school, and one-on-one interviews.  The interviewers include faculty members, alumni, and preceptors. The time of each Interview Day varies.   


Accepted Applicants (back to top)

When are acceptance letters mailed to regular applicants? Acceptance letters are e-mailed following the applicant interview on a rolling basis.
When is the response to the acceptance offer due? Within one-two weeks of the offer
Is there a deposit to hold an acceptee's place in the class?


Amount: $485
Due: within one-two weeks of the offer
Refundable? No
Details: Note that the $485 fee is separate and is not subtracted from future required tuition.
New Student Orientation Information:
  • 8/15/19 - 8/21/19
First day of classes and/or matriculation: 8/22/19 (subject to change)
Are requests for deferred entrance considered? Yes