High Point University

School of Pharmacy

Contact Information (back to top)

Admissions Office Contact:

Lars Farabee
Assistant Vice President

Office of Graduate Admissions

High Point University
One University Parkway
HIgh Point, North Carolina 27268

Phone (Work): 336-841-9604

Buddy Lingle, Ph.D., R.Ph.
Associate Dean, Student and Professional Affairs

High Point University
School of Pharmacy, Drawer 64
One University Parkway
High Point, North Carolina 27268

Phone (Work): 336-841-9552


Program Deadline (back to top)

PharmCAS Application and Transcript Deadline for the class entering fall of 2019: June 3, 2019

Accreditation Status (back to top)

ACPE Accreditation Status: Candidate

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:
  • Semester (two terms per academic year)
Dual Degree Programs No
If Yes, Check all that apply:
  • Other
  • If Other, please list:Students can earn a separate MBA at the HPU School of Business during the time they are completing their Pharm.D. at the Fred Wilson School of Pharmacy.
Structure of your PharmD program: 2-4 (two years prepharmacy required)
Is a Baccalaureate degree preferred for admissions? No
Open House Information:
  • Dates


    The HPU School of Pharmacy has multiple Open Houses during the year. For more information about HPU School of Pharmacy Open Houses, please visit the following link: http://www.highpoint.edu/graduate/visit/. Be sure to select "Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.)" as the program of interest.

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:
  • HPU's Fred Wilson School of Pharmacy does not have satellite or branch campuses. All courses are taught on the campus of High Point University via personal, live instruction.

Program Description (back to top)

High Point University’s Fred Wilson School of Pharmacy (FWSOP) (http://www.highpoint.edu/pharmacy/">www.highpoint.edu/pharmacy/) trains clinicians who are dedicated to patient care in all settings, possess the knowledge and skills to practice pharmacy at the highest level, and conduct cutting-edge research to discover better tools and methods to provide the most advanced care. Our education model is focused on students acquiring basic pharmaceutical knowledge and skills necessary to make quality, critical decisions while experiencing clinical training in various settings. Students who develop the necessary knowledge and skills and are capable communicators will form the core from which the leaders of tomorrow are developed. Our students are the Future of Pharmacy.


FWSOP students have numerous opportunities to gain clinical experience through direct engagement in patient care. Live patient portrayals begin in the first semester and include opportunities for three years of transformational patient relationships.  We are committed to personal instruction at the FWSOP; therefore, routine instruction will not be provided via distance education.  By design, the FWSOP has the smallest class size in the region providing more patient interactions, more research opportunities, and greater student support. 


Early Assurance and PCAT waiverApplicants with a 3.30 or higher cumulative GPA are eligible for our Early Assurance program and are not required to take the PCAT.  Applicants meeting the 3.30 GPA criterion must apply through PharmCAS Early Decision to be considered for Early Assurance.  In addition to the PCAT waiver, Early Assurance applicants will receive priority interviews and a reduced deposit if admitted.  Applicants not admitted through the Early Assurance program are required to take the PCAT.


Admissions:  The FWSOP uses a holistic approach to evaluate applicants. In addition to a PharmCAS application, applicants must submit a supplemental application which can be found at http://www.highpoint.edu/pharmacy/supplemental-application/">http://www.highpoint.edu/pharmacy/supplemental-application/.  Grade Point Averages (GPA) are calculated for all pre-pharmacy courses (Overall GPA) and a Core GPA calculated from required math and science courses (general chemistry, organic chemistry, general biology, anatomy/physiology, and calculus).  The preferred minimum Cumulative and Core GPAs are 2.60 on a 4.00 scale.  PCAT scores are also required for consideration of non-Early Assurance applicants but there is no minimum PCAT score required to apply.  Nonacademic factors considered include written communication skills, interview performance, letters of reference, diversity, pharmacy practice experience, and involvement in extracurricular activities.  Candidate interviews occur on campus during scheduled interview days to assess communication and critical thinking skills. Applicants interview with at least two faculty members and interact with other faculty members and FWSOP students during the day.


Mission/Vision:  The mission of the Fred Wilson School of Pharmacy is to provide an extraordinary pharmacy education through the integration of biomedical and clinical sciences that enables future pharmacists to excel in a dynamic health care environment as a member of the health care team.  The School’s vision is to be a premier school of pharmacy advancing education and research that prepares compassionate and inspired health care leaders for the local and global communities.


Curriculum:  The FWSOP has taken an integrative approach in the design of the professional curriculum. The philosophy of our curriculum is that the blending of basic and clinical sciences with application-based learning experiences consolidates information into patient-oriented actions and create a rich learning environment. The close collaboration of faculty members results in basic pharmaceutical science material (medicinal chemistry, pharmacology, and pharmaceutics) being taught in parallel with corresponding clinical content that is linked by application-based courses. The curricular design and faculty collaboration drive the integration of the basic pharmaceutical sciences and the applied clinical sciences so that students assimilate all aspects of their training into patient care plans. Certificate electives are designed to create an expertise in selected disease states while teaching a process of learning that can be used throughout a student’s professional career.


High Point University:  In 2017, HPU opened a state-of-the-art 210,000 square foot Pharmacy and Health Sciences building with more than 65,000 square feet dedicated to pharmacy education and research. The building contains different types of learning space to allow for various learning and teaching styles. It is designed to foster interprofessional education among the health professions programs on campus while facilitating modern biomedical research in all of the pharmacy disciplines.


HPU was founded in 1924 in High Point, NC.  Since 2005, HPU has invested more than $2 billion in academics, facilities, student life, technology, and scholarships. This includes a $120 million investment to develop the Fred Wilson School of Pharmacy and the Congdon School of Health Sciences. The original 92-acre campus has grown to 440 acres with 90 new or recently renovated academic, residential, student life, and athletic facilities.  Approximately 5,000 students are enrolled in a wide variety of undergraduate and graduate programs.  For a virtual campus tour, visit http://www.highpoint.edu/admissions/%23virtualtour">http://www.highpoint.edu/admissions/#virtualtour.


Location:  High Point, North Carolina, is part of the Piedmont Triad region that includes Greensboro and Winston-Salem.  High Point has a population of 104,000 and the Piedmont Triad is home to more than 1.9 million people.  Outdoors enthusiasts are about three hours from the Appalachian Trail and four hours from beautiful North Carolina beaches. Interstate highways 40 and 85 are easily accessible from the campus providing easy access to Raleigh, Charlotte, Atlanta, and Washington, D.C.  The Piedmont Triad International Airport (GSO) is 15 miles north of the campus and has direct flights to New York, Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas and other major cities.

HPU Innovator in Residence Steve Wozniak with School of Pharmacy students

Program Statistics and Criteria (back to top)

Estimated number planning to interview for fall 2019 entering class: 170
Estimated number planning to accept for fall 2019 entering class: 110
Estimated fall 2019 entering class size including early assurance: 70
Estimated number of early assurance students advancing to the professional program in 2019: 10
Is preference given to in-state applicants vs. out-of-state applicants? No
Number of IN-STATE seats available for fall 2019 entering class:
Number of OUT-OF-STATE seats available for fall 2019 entering class:
Minimum overall GPA considered: 2.6 (preferred)
Minimum prerequisite GPA considered: 2.6 (preferred)
Minimum composite PCAT score considered: No minimum
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: 37%
Estimated percent of females in 2018 entering class: 63%
Estimated average GPA of accepted students in 2018 entering class: 3.1
Age RANGE of entering students for fall 2018 class: 19-40 years old
Ratio of applications received to the number of first-year students enrolled in fall 2018 class: 4.0:1

Program Prerequisites (back to top)

Total number of college SEMESTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: 65
Total number of basic science college SEMESTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: 30
Total number of college QUARTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: 97
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 65  97 
Course Title: "General Chemistry: I and II with labs" Semester Hours: "8" Quarter Hours: "12"  12 
Course Title: "Organic Chemistry: I and II with labs" Semester Hours: "8" Quarter Hours: "12"  12 
Course Title: "General Biology with lab" Semester Hours: "4" Quarter Hours: "6" 
Course Title: "Human Anatomy and Physiology with lab*" Semester Hours: "4" Quarter Hours: "6" 
Course Title: "Microbiology with lab" Semester Hours: "4" Quarter Hours: "6" 
Course Title: "Calculus" Semester Hours: "3" Quarter Hours: "4-5"  4-5 
Course Title: "Physics **" Semester Hours: "3" Quarter Hours: "4-5"  4-5 
Course Title: "English: I and II ***" Semester Hours: "6" Quarter Hours: "9" 
Course Title: "Communications ****" Semester Hours: "3" Quarter Hours: "4-5"  4-5 
Course Title: "Humanities/Social Sciences" Semester Hours: "6" Quarter Hours: "9" 
Course Title: "Electives *****" Semester Hours: "As needed to reach a minimum of 65 hours" Quarter Hours: "As needed to reach a minimum of 65 hours"  As needed  As needed 

Additional Information

* 6-8 credit hours of Human Anatomy and Physiology are recommended.  If one combined Anatomy and Physiology course is taken, it should cover the whole body and include one hour of lab.  Physiology courses in Biology, Exercise Science, Kinesiology, and other disciplines are accepted.

** Students are exempted from the Physics requirement if their high school transcript verifies that a "B" or higher was made in an one-credit high school Physics course.

*** It is recommended that a total of 6 hours be taken in English composition courses with one being a Professioinal Writing course, if available.  However, a 3-hour writing intensive Literature course may be accepted.

**** Interpersonal Communication is recommended.  Public Speaking will be accepted.

***** Sufficient Elective courses shoudl be taken to reach the minimum requirement of 65 total semester hours.  Recommended electives include Statistics, Economics, Medical Terminology, and courses from the Social Sciences, Behavioral Sciences, and/or Humanities.  No more than one hour credit will be accepted for courses that focus predominantly on improvement of skills, such as instruction in music performance.

AP Credits Accepted for Prerequisite Coursework


Supplemental Application (back to top)

Supplemental Application Required


Details: Applicants should complete and submit a Supplemental Application found at the following webpage: http://www.highpoint.edu/pharmacy/supplemental-application/ An applicant will not be interviewed until the Supplemental Application is submitted. There is no fee to submit a Supplemental Application.
Deadline: June 1, 2019Postmarked by deadline
Obtaining the Supplemental Application:

The Supplemental Application is found at the following webpage:  http://www.highpoint.edu/pharmacy/supplemental-application/

Tests (back to top)

PCAT required?


The oldest PCAT considered: January 2014
Note: Select PharmCAS Code 104 to report PCAT scores directly to PharmCAS.
TOEFL® required?



TOEFL score is required for applicants who learned English as a foreign language.

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

Applicants must provide documentation that they have completed all required immunizations, CPR certification, background check, and drug screen prior to matriculation.

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? Yes
Policy for accepting non-U.S. coursework (excluding study abroad): Send a foreign transcript evaluation report (FTER) to PharmCAS

School only accepts transcript evaluations from WES.

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 High Point University School of Pharmacy strongly recommends that one letter of reference be submitted by a pharmacist or other health care professional and another letter be written by a faculty member teaching in the sciences.  The third letter should be from a reference that knows the applicant (for example, a work supervisor) but is not a friend or family member. 

LOR types that are REQUIRED:

  • Health Care Professional
  • Professor (Science)


  • Clergy
  • Employer
  • Faculty Adviser
  • Health Care Professional
  • Pharmacist
  • Pre-Health Adviser
  • Professor (Math)
  • Professor (Science)
  • Supervisor


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

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 - May

The interview day at the High Point University School of Pharmacy is intended for our faculty and staff to get to know you and for you to learn more about the HPU pharmacy program, its faculty, and High Point University.  During the interview day an applicant will be provided an overview of the pharmacy program and experience formal interviews with at least two faculty members. Applicants will meet with current pharmacy students to hear their opinions regarding the School of Pharmacy and High Point University.  Applicants will also meet with faculty members during lunch and learn more about their scholarly interests.  Writing and math assessments will be administered.  The math assessment consists of ten math problems all of which can be solved using simple math and algebra.  Calculus will not be needed to answer the problems and any needed weight or liquid conversions will be provided.  Applicants will also enjoy a tour of the School of Pharmacy and the beautiful HPU campus.  More information can be found at http://www.highpoint.edu/pharmacy/applicationprocess/.

Accepted Applicants (back to top)

When are acceptance letters mailed to regular applicants? Students generally will receive admission decisions within one week of their interview date. Acceptances can continue into July for students on the active list.
When is the response to the acceptance offer due? Admitted students should respond by the date stated in the email communication and acceptance letter, typically 14 calendar days (two weeks) from the date of the acceptance letter.
Is there a deposit to hold an acceptee's place in the class?


Amount: $1000
Due: Fourteen (14) calendar days (two weeks) from the date of the acceptance letter
Refundable? No
Details: Eligible students may be approved for a reduced deposit amount. Deposit for Early Decision applicants is $250.
New Student Orientation Information:
  • August 2019
First day of classes and/or matriculation: Classes will begin during the third week of August 2019. Accepted students will receive a specific date upon completion of the 2019-2020 academic calendar.
Are requests for deferred entrance considered? Yes