South University (SC)

School of Pharmacy

Contact Information (back to top)

Admissions Office Contact:

Melissa Jones, Pharm.D.
Assistant Dean for Admissions

Office of Admissions

10 Science Court
Columbia, South Carolina 29203

Phone (Work): 912-201-8120

Phone (Fax): 803-935-4564

Melissa C. Jones, Pharm.D. , BCPS
Assistant Dean for Admissions

Office of Admissions

709 Mall Blvd
Savannah, Georgia 31406

Phone (Work): 912-201-8120


Program Deadline (back to top)

PharmCAS Application and Transcript Deadline for the class entering fall of 2019: April 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: Private
Is your institution part of an academic health center? No
Type of academic term:
  • Other
  • If Other, please list: Quarter, four blocks per academic year
Dual Degree Programs Yes
If Yes, Check all that apply:
  • PharmD/M.B.A
Structure of your PharmD program: 2-3 (two years prepharmacy required; accelerated)
Is a Baccalaureate degree preferred for admissions? No
Open House Information:
  • Dates


    South University Columbia campus offers one-on-one personal visits. Please contact us at 803-935-9700 to set up your appointment.

Does your institution participate in the Early Decision Program (EDP)? Yes
Alternative enrollment options available
  • None
Is your institution participating in the Centralized Criminal Background Check (CBC)? Yes
Is your institution participating in the PharmCAS-facilitated Drug Screening Service? No
Satellite/Branch Campuses:
  • South University School of Pharmacy, Savannah, GA

Program Description (back to top)

The South University School of Pharmacy in Columbia, South Carolina, accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS), is one of the few institutions nationwide to offer an innovative and accelerated program of study that allows students to obtain the Doctor of Pharmacy degree in three calendar years. This three-year program allows students to launch their careers earlier than students attending a traditional four-year program. Additionally, during their last year, students participate in clinical rotations at arranged sites throughout the United States. This affords students an opportunity to develop a deeper knowledge of the specific needs and requirements of pharmacy practice.


The School of Pharmacy program is delivered over 12 quarters of study that can be characterized by three distinct areas of focus. The first provides the scientific foundation of the practice of pharmacy with coursework focusing on the basic, biological and pharmaceutical sciences with introductory clinical aspects. The second area of focus begins when student pharmacists are exposed to the profession in two Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experiences; one in a Community practice setting and a second in an Institutional Practice Setting. The curriculum at this stage provides the clinical, professional and administrative underpinnings required for practice of the profession. The final quarters are utilized to provide the foundational clinical experiences that expose the student pharmacists to seven Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences in a wide variety of required and elective rotations arranged at sites across the United States. 


The Doctor of Pharmacy program offered through the School of Pharmacy is available at one of two South University campuses located in Columbia, South Carolina and Savannah, Georgia. Since the School of Pharmacy first launched its program, the faculty has continually developed innovative methods of delivery and focused on the development of the core professionalism of each student to produce graduates who are prepared for the current and future challenges in the practice of pharmacy. The curriculum at both campuses is delivered via two-way videoconferencing in which students, studying in two states, are exposed to the very best experience and expertise of each faculty member through live and individualized instruction.


A Pharm.D./MBA dual degree is also offered at both campus locations. The MBA program is completed one quarter after completion of the Pharm.D. degree.


The South Carolina campus is located in Columbia, both the largest city and capital of the state. Columbia provides its community with vast opportunities in the areas of art, natural habitats and history, all while offering the conveniences of a metropolitan area.


Presently, graduate and undergraduate education is offered in a variety of programs in addition to Pharmacy including Nursing and Health Professions, in campuses located in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Michigan, North Carolina, Ohio, South Carolina, Virginia and Texas. The University also supports a vibrant community of online students with a system-wide enrollment of more than 16,000. South University is a private academic institution dedicated to providing educational opportunities for the intellectual, social, and professional development of a diverse student population.



School of Pharmacy - Columbia Campus

Program Statistics and Criteria (back to top)

Estimated number planning to interview for fall 2019 entering class: 250 (both campuses)
Estimated number planning to accept for fall 2019 entering class: 205 (both campuses)
Estimated fall 2019 entering class size including early assurance: 120 (26 Columbia and 94 Savannah)
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? No
Number of IN-STATE seats available for fall 2019 entering class: N/A
Number of OUT-OF-STATE seats available for fall 2019 entering class: N/A
Minimum overall GPA considered: 2.8
Minimum prerequisite GPA considered: N/A
Minimum composite PCAT score considered: Not required
Previous college experience prior to enrolling in the school/college of pharmacy: 3 or more years, no degree (>60 sem hrs)
Does your program require pharmacy observation hours? Recommended, but not required
Estimated percent of males in 2018 entering class: 34%
Estimated percent of females in 2018 entering class: 66%
Estimated average GPA of accepted students in 2018 entering class: 3.27
Age RANGE of entering students for fall 2018 class: 19-45 years old
Ratio of applications received to the number of first-year students enrolled in fall 2018 class: 5.1:1

Program Prerequisites (back to top)

Total number of college SEMESTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: 63-68
Total number of basic science college SEMESTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: 33
Total number of college QUARTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation:
Applicants must successfully complete ALL course prerequisites by the end of the: Spring 2019 term
Course Prerequisites Table
Course Title Semester Hours Quarter Hours
Total 63-68   
English Literature (1) 
English Composition (2) 
Public Speaking 
Electives (5)  15 
General Chemistry I and II with Laboratory (3)  12 
Organic Chemistry I and II with Laboratory (3)  12 
Biology I and II with Laboratory (3)  12 
Anatomy and Physiology I and II (4)  6-8  9-12 
Physics I 

Additional Information

1. English, American, or World Literature are preferred to meet the Literature requirement.

2. One English Composition course is required. A second English Composition can be accepted in lieu of a Literature course at the discretion of the Director of Admissions.

3. These courses must include a “live” lab. Students with science courses taken prior to 2011-2012 will be required to retake one modern Biology and one modern Chemistry course to meet the prerequisite requirements.

4. A lab is recommended but not required for Anatomy and Physiology I and II.

5. A minimum of three semester hours should be in the humanities and the remainder should be in the social sciences, arts, or humanities.

AP Credits Accepted for Prerequisite Coursework


Supplemental Application (back to top)

Supplemental Application Required


Tests (back to top)

PCAT required?


Note: Select PharmCAS Code 104 to report PCAT scores directly to PharmCAS.
TOEFL® 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 but recommended

Residency (back to top)

Is proof of state residency required? No
Is preference given to state residents? No
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? No
Are U.S. permanent residents considered? Yes
Are Canadian citizens considered? No
Policy for accepting non-U.S. coursework (excluding study abroad): Do not send any foreign transcript documentation. School only considers U.S. credentials. If you have completed your course prerequisites at a foreign institution, you may be ineligible for admission to these particular pharmacy programs.

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:

The program prefers three letters of recommendation; however, two will be accepted.

LOR types that are REQUIRED:


  • Employer
  • Pharmacist
  • Pre-Health Adviser
  • Professor (Science)


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

LOR types that are NOT ACCEPTED:

  • Clergy
  • Co-Worker
  • Family Member
  • Friend
  • Politician
  • Teaching Assistant
Are Committee Letters accepted? Yes
A Committee Letter is: Conditionally Accepted
Does it count as more than one LOR? Yes
Are Composite Letters accepted? Yes
Does it count as more than one LOR? Yes

Interviews (back to top)

Does your institution conduct interviews? Yes
Interview Format:
  • Individual applicants with two or more interviewers
Interview Dates:
  • August 2018-March 2019

The interview process begins with an in-depth program orientation for all applicants. The applicants are then divided into multiple interview groups. Following the orientation, the groups rotate between a timed writing assessment, a tour of the School of Pharmacy, and an interview with faculty members. Each candidate is interviewed individually, and each interview is conducted by two faculty members. The day culminates in a question and answer session with current student pharmacists in the program. A typical interview day will run from 8am-1pm.

Accepted Applicants (back to top)

When are acceptance letters mailed to regular applicants? Letters are issued between September and April, and are generally issued within two weeks of interview. Early Decision applicants will receive letters between September and October.
When is the response to the acceptance offer due? In general, ten days from the date of the acceptance letter.
Is there a deposit to hold an acceptee's place in the class?


Amount: $1000.00
Due: In general, ten days from the date of acceptance letter
Refundable? No
Details: Deposit is $1000.00 and is non-refundable, but applied towards tuition if the student matriculates.
New Student Orientation Information:
  • June 2019
First day of classes and/or matriculation: June 2019
Are requests for deferred entrance considered? No