High Point University
School of Pharmacy

Preparing pharmacists for the world as it is going to be. Follow @HPUPharmacy on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.

  1. Contact Information ↑ 

  2. Program Deadline ↑ 

    PharmCAS Application and Transcript Deadline for the class entering fall of 2018:  March 1, 2018

  3. Accreditation Status ↑ 

  4. Program Information ↑ 

    The Fred Wilson School of Pharmacy's new state-of-the-art building is now open and will facilitate the School meeting its education, research, and service missions.

    • 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: 
    • Structure of your PharmD program: 2-4 (two years prepharmacy required)
    • Is a Baccalaureate degree preferred for admissions? No
    • Open House Information:
      • Dates:  
      • Details: The HPU School of Pharmacy have multiple Open Houses during the year. For more information about HPU School of Pharmacy Open Houses, please go to the following link: http://www.highpoint.edu/graduate/visit/. Be sure to select "Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.)" as 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:

  5. Program Description ↑ 

    High Point University (HPU) was founded in 1924 in High Point, NC.  The reputation of HPU has been built on quality teaching and service to the community.  Since the 2005, HPU has invested more than $2 billion in academics, facilities, student life, technology, and scholarships.  High Point University is now investing $120 million in the development of the School of Pharmacy and the School of Health Sciences.   The original 92-acre campus has grown to 430 acres with 90 new or recently renovated academic, residential, student life, and athletic facilities.  Today, the University has 164 buildings, is attractively landscaped, the full-time teaching faculty numbers 300, and approximately 4,800 students are enrolled in a wide variety of undergraduate and graduate programs. The result is an engaging environment that encourages students to excel. For a virtual campus tour, please visit http://www.highpoint.edu/admissions/#virtualtour.

    High Point, North Carolina, is part of the Piedmont Triad region that includes Greensboro and Winston-Salem.  The city of High Point has a population of 104,000 and the Piedmont Triad is home to more than 1.6 million people.  Outdoors enthusiasts are only about three hours from the Appalachian Trail in the Blue Ridge Mountains and a little over three 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 a few miles north of the campus and has direct flights to New York, Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas and many other major cities.

    HPU's Fred Wilson School of Pharmacy welcomed its inaugural class in the Fall 2016.  The School of Pharmacy prepares pharmacists to practice in the clinical environment of the future. Sound clinical pharmacy decisions can only be made if a practitioner has a broad basic pharmaceutical science foundation and a clear understanding of the clinical science defining drug therapy options and expectations. Using a student-centered approach and an emphasis on pharmacy practice experiences, the School of Pharmacy is poised to inspire students to become extraordinary. HPU School of Pharmacy students have numerous opportunities to gain clinical experience through direct engagement in patient care. We are committed to personal instruction at the High Point University School of Pharmacy; therefore, routine instruction will not be provided via distance education.

    High Point University has built a state-of-the-art 210,000 square foot Pharmacy and Health Sciences building that opened in Spring 2017 with more than 65,000 square feet dedicated to pharmacy education and research. The building contains different types of program space to allow various pedagogical 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. 


    The mission of the HPU 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.


    The HPU School of Pharmacy has taken an integrative approach in the design of the professional curriculum. The philosophy of our curriculum development is that the blending of basic and clinical sciences with application-based learning experiences is designed to consolidate information into patient-oriented actions and create a rich learning environment. The close collaboration of faculty will result in basic pharmaceutical science material (i.e., medicinal chemistry, pharmacology, and pharmaceutics) being taught in parallel with corresponding clinical content that is linked throughout the curriculum by application-based courses. The curricular design and faculty collaboration will drive the integration of the basic pharmaceutical sciences and the applied clinical sciences so that students can assimilate all aspects of their training into patient care plans. Curricular electives will be provided in the form of School of Pharmacy certificate programs designed to create a deep knowledge expertise of selected disease states while teaching a process of learning that can be used throughout the student’s professional career.

    By design, the High Point University School of Pharmacy has the smallest class size in the region. This provides more patient interactions, more research opportunities, and more student support.  Live patient portrayals begin in the first semester and there are opportunities for three years of transformational patient relationships throughout the program. 


    The School of Pharmacy is using a holistic approach for consideration of applicants to its program.  The School of Pharmacy utilizes PharmCAS® for on-line applications.  Applicants must also submit a supplemental application and references. The supplemental application provides additional information to assist the Admissions Committee in evaluating students’ qualifications and can be found at http://www.highpoint.edu/pharmacy/supplemental-application/

    Grade Point Averages (GPA) are calculated for all pre-pharmacy courses (Overall GPA) and for a subgroup of math and science courses (general chemistry, organic chemistry, general biology, anatomy and physiology, and calculus) which is considered the Core GPA.  The preferred minimum Cumulative and Core GPA’s to be considered for admission are 2.60 on a 4.00 scale.  PCAT scores are also required for consideration of an application but no minimum PCAT score has been established at this time.  Nonacademic factors also considered for admission include written communication skills, interview performance, letters of reference, diversity, pharmacy practice experience, and involvement in extracurricular activities.

    In an attempt to select well-rounded students with effective communication and critical thinking skills, candidate interviews occur on campus during scheduled interview days.  School of Pharmacy faculty members conduct and evaluate student interviews. Prospective students interview with at least two faculty members and interact with other faculty members and students during roundtable discussions and lunch.

    Early Decision

    The HPU School of Pharmacy participates in the PharmCAS Early Decision program.   Applicants who apply through Early Decision benefit from a reduced deposit requirement, an early admissions decision, and invitations to campus events.


  6. Program Statistics and Criteria ↑ 

    • Estimated number planning to interview for fall 2018 entering class: 170
    • Estimated number planning to accept for fall 2018 entering class: 90
    • Estimated fall 2018 entering class size including early assurance: 70
    • Estimated number of early assurance students advancing to the professional program in 2018: 10
    • Is preference given to in-state applicants vs. out-of-state applicants? No
      • Number of IN-STATE seats available for fall 2018 entering class: 
      • Number of OUT-OF-STATE seats available for fall 2018 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)
    • Estimated percent of males in 2017 entering class: 70%
    • Estimated percent of females in 2017 entering class: 30%
    • Estimated average GPA of accepted students in 2017 entering class: 3.2
    • Age RANGE of entering students for fall 2017 class: N/A
    • Ratio of applications received to the number of first-year students enrolled in fall 2017 class: 5.1:1

  7. Program Prerequisites ↑ 

    • 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 2018 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.

    • Does your program accept AP credits for prerequisite coursework? Yes

  8. Supplemental Application ↑ 

  9. Tests ↑ 

    • PCAT required? Yes
      • The oldest PCAT considered: January 2013
      • Details: 
      • Note: select PharmCAS Code 104 to report PCAT scores directly to PharmCAS. 
    • TOEFL® required? Yes
      • Details: 

        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 and CPR certification prior to matriculation.

  10. Experience ↑ 

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

  11. Residency ↑ 

    • Is proof of state residency required? No
      • Details: 
    • 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? Yes
    • Policy for accepting non-U.S. coursework (excluding study abroad): Send a foreign transcript evaluation report (FTER) to PharmCAS
    • Details: 

      School only accepts transcript evaluations from WES.

  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 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.

    • LOR types that are REQUIRED: 
      • Health Care Professional
      • Professor (Science)
      • Employer
      • Faculty Adviser
      • Health Care Professional
      • Pharmacist
      • Pre-Health Adviser
      • Professor (Math)
      • Professor (Science)
      • Supervisor
    • LOR types that are CONDITIONALLY ACCEPTED: 
    • 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

  14. Interviews ↑ 

    • Does your institution conduct interviews? Yes
    • Interview Format:
      • Individual applicants with one interviewer
      • Multiple applicants with one or more interviewers
    • Interview Dates:
      • September - May 
    • Details: 

      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 the applicant to learn more about the HPU pharmacy program and 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 as well as an informal roundtable discussion with other applicants and a faculty member.  Students will meet 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...the use of calculus will not be necessary.  Any needed weight or liquid conversions will be provided.  Students will also enjoy a tour of the School of Pharmacy and the beautiful HPU campus and will also meet current students.  More information can be found at http://www.highpoint.edu/pharmacy/applicationprocess/.

  15. Accepted Applicants ↑ 

    • 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? Yes
      • 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 2018 
      • Details: Orientation will be mandatory for accepted students and will be held three week days immediately before classes begin in August 2018. Specific dates will be provided students during the Spring of their entering year.
    • First day of classes and/or matriculation: Classes will begin during the third week of August 2018. Accepted students will receive a specific date upon completion of the 2018-2019 academic calendar.
    • Are requests for deferred entrance considered? Yes
      • Details: A request for deferred entrance will only be considered for extenuating circumstances. A student should submit a written request stating why he/she is requesting a deferred entrance. The HPU School of Pharmacy is not under obligation to grant the request.