South University (SC)
School of Pharmacy

South University has campuses in both Columbia, SC and Savannah, GA.

  1. Contact Information ↑ 

    • Admissions Office Contact:

      • Kelly J. Clark, Pharm.D. 
      • Director of Admissions, Columbia Campus 
      • Office of Admissions 
      • 10 Science Court 
      • Columbia 
      • South Carolina 
      • 29203 
      • Phone (Work): 803-935-9700 
      • Phone (Fax): 803-935-4564 
      • Email: 

      • Melissa C. Jones, Pharm.D. , BCPS 
      • Assistant Dean for Admissions 
      • Office of Admissions 
      • 709 Mall Blvd 
      • Savannah 
      • Georgia 
      • 31406 
      • Phone (Work): 912-201-8120 
      • Email: 

    • Website:

  2. Program Deadline ↑ 

    PharmCAS Application and Transcript Deadline for the class entering fall of 2016:  February 1, 2016

  3. Accreditation Status ↑ 

  4. Program Information ↑ 

    • Institution Type: Private
    • Is your institution part of an academic health center? No
    • Type of academic term: 
      • Other
      • If Other, please list: Quarter (four terms 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:
    • 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 

  5. Program Description ↑ 

    South University is a private academic institution dedicated to providing educational opportunities for the intellectual, social, and professional development of a diverse student population. 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.


    South University School of Pharmacy located in Columbia, South Carolina offers an innovative three-year Doctor of Pharmacy Program that allows graduates to get a head start on their careers, and that is just the beginning of the unique attributes of this program. The School of Pharmacy also offers students an opportunity to achieve a dual, Doctor of Pharmacy/MBA degree, learn from highly trained and nationally recognized faculty through our synchronous video conferencing technology, and be trained at advanced clinical rotations sites throughout the United States.


    The South University School of Pharmacy Doctor of Pharmacy program is a full-time, 12-quarter doctoral program designed to be completed in three calendar years. The program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS). The South University’s Doctor of Pharmacy program is one of three Schools of Pharmacy in the state of South Carolina and one of a few ACPE-accredited Doctor of Pharmacy degree programs in the country to offer an accelerated curriculum.


    The mission of South University School of Pharmacy is to prepare pharmacists for life-long learningin the practice of collaborative patient-centered care and promote excellence in teaching, scholarship and service. The School of Pharmacy offers students the opportunity to complete the accelerated program at either the Savannah, Georgia or Columbia, South Carolina campus locations.


    The first four quarters include foundational sciences; however, students quickly begin to gain exposure to clinical pharmacy through Integrated Pharmacy Practice Skills labs and Longitudinal Pharmacy Practice Experiences as well as various didactic courses.  In the second year of the program, students are able to utilize their skills in both the hospital and community settings.   In the third year, students advance their clinical knowledge and participate in seven advanced clinical rotations in areas such as Community Pharmacy, Ambulatory Care, Internal Medicine, and other specialty areas that can be tailored to the interest of the student.  A one-week advanced Drug Information rotation is required midway through rotations.


    Students receive the didactic program by synchronous video conferencing technology with real-time interaction between faculty and students in both South Carolina and Georgia. Within the educational experience, students also maintain individualized attention through comparably equipped laboratory facilities, physical assessment laboratories, small group recitations, and problem based learning activities conducted by faculty on both campuses. 


    The Doctor of Pharmacy/MBA dual degree is offered at both campus locations. Students have the opportunity to complete a MBA while completing the Pharm.D. program.  MBA courses are completed one quarter after students receive the Pharm.D.

    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 art, natural habitats, and history, all while offering the conveniences of metropolitan area.


  6. Program Statistics and Criteria ↑ 

    • Estimated number interviewed for fall 2015 entering class: 274 (both campuses)
    • Estimated number accepted for fall 2015 entering class: 244 (both campuses)
    • Estimated fall 2015 entering class size including early assurance and transfer seats: 144 (50 Columbia and 94 Savannah)
    • Estimated number of early assurance students advancing to the professional program: N/A
    • Estimated number of transfer applicants accepted: N/A
    • Estimated number of out-of-state applicants accepted: 55 (33 Savannah, 22 Columbia)
    • Estimated percent of males in 2015 entering class: 36%
    • Estimated percent of females in 2015 entering class: 64%
    • Estimated average GPA of accepted students: 3.3
    • Estimated number of students to be interviewed: 274
    • Is preference given to in-state applicants vs. out-of-state applicants? No
      • Number of IN-STATE seats available for fall 2015 entering class: N/A
      • Number of OUT-OF-STATE seats available for fall 2015 entering class: N/A
    • Number of TRANSFER seats available for fall 2016 entering class: N/A
    • Minimum overall GPA considered: 2.8
    • Minimum prerequisite GPA considered: N/A
    • Minimum composite PCAT score considered: N/A
    • Previous college experience prior to enrolling in the school/college of pharmacy: 3 or more years, no degree (>60 sem hrs)
    • Age RANGE of entering students, excluding transfer students entering other than the first year of your program: 19-45 years old
    • Ratio of applications received to the number of first-year students enrolled, excluding transfer students entering other than the first year of your program: 6.5:1

  7. Program Prerequisites ↑ 

    • 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
    • Applicants must successfully complete ALL course prerequisites by the end of the: Spring 2016 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 2007-2008 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.

  8. Supplemental Application ↑ 

    • Supplemental Application required? Yes
      • Deadline: February 1, 2016 Postmarked by deadline
      • Obtaining the Supplemental Application: 

        Supplemental information requests will be sent directly to those applicants invited for an interview. 

  9. Tests ↑ 

    • PCAT required? No
      • Note: select PharmCAS Code 104 to report PCAT scores directly to PharmCAS. 
    • TOEFL® required? No
      • Note: select code 8246 to report TOEFL scores directly to PharmCAS. 

  10. Experience ↑ 

    • Is health care-related experience required? Not required but recommended

  11. Residency ↑ 

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

  12. Foreign Applicants ↑ 

    • 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.

  13. Letters of Reference ↑ 

    • 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)
    • LOR types that are CONDITIONALLY ACCEPTED: 
    • 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? No

  14. Interviews ↑ 

    • Does your institution conduct interviews? Yes
    • Interview Format:
      • Individual applicants with two or more interviewers
    • Interview Dates:
      • September 2015-March 2016 
    • Details: 

      The interview process involves an orientation for all applicants. They are given a timed writing assessment. Applicants have the opportunity to participate in a demonstration of the distance learning technology.  The morning session concludes with more program information and additional activities. The afternoon session includes faculty interviews and tours.  Applicants are divided into multiple interview groups.  While one group interviews with a team of two faculty members (one applicant and two faculty members), the other groups tour the building and are given the opportunity to speak to current students in the program. The interview day typically is a day long program and lunch is provided.

  15. Accepted Applicants ↑ 

    • When are acceptance letters mailed to regular applicants? Letters are issued between October and April and are generally issued within two weeks of interview.
    • 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? Yes
      • 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 2016 
      • Details: The orientation is the week prior to the start date of classes.
    • First day of classes and/or matriculation: June 2016
    • Are requests for deferred entrance considered? No