The University of Mississippi

School of Pharmacy

Contact Information (back to top)

Admissions Office Contact:

Dr. Chelsea Bennett
Assistant Dean of Student Services

School of Pharmacy

University of Mississippi
P.O. Box 1848
University, Mississippi 38677

Phone (Work): 662-915-7996

Phone (Fax): 662-915-5704

Website:

Program Deadline (back to top)

PharmCAS Application and Transcript Deadline for the class entering fall of 2019: March 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? Yes
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 No
If Yes, Check all that apply:
Structure of your PharmD program: 3-4 (three years prepharmacy required)
Is a Baccalaureate degree preferred for admissions? No
Open House Information:
  • Dates

    School visitation (Oxford Campus) may be arranged by contacting pharmstuservices@olemiss.edu or 662-915-7996 or visit http://pharmacy.olemiss.edu/admissions/.

    Details

    We offer visits and tours on most weekdays. Students interested in visiting the University of MS School of Pharmacy should contact pharmstuservices@olemiss.edu or 662-915-7996 or visit http://pharmacy.olemiss.edu/admissions/.

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)? No
Is your institution participating in the PharmCAS-facilitated Drug Screening Service? No
Satellite/Branch Campuses:

Program Description (back to top)

The School of Pharmacy, founded in 1908 at The University of Mississippi, is recognized as one of the premier schools of pharmacy in the U.S. The School of Pharmacy is located on both the Oxford campus and Medical Center (Jackson) campus of the University of Mississippi. Oxford, a small town of about 20,000, is located 75 miles south of Memphis. The School of Pharmacy has approximately 250 pre-professional students, 400 professional students, and about 80 graduate students in the disciplines of Environmental Toxicology, Medicinal Chemistry, Pharmaceutics, Pharmacognosy, Pharmacology, and Pharmacy Administration. Students spend the first two years of the professional degree program on the Oxford campus, the third year at the Medical Center campus in Jackson, and the final year in rotations at various practice sites. The pass rate of graduates on the NAPLEX over the past five years is one of the highest in the nation and tuition is among the lowest of public schools and colleges of pharmacy.

 

CURRICULUM: Bachelor of Science in Pharmaceutical Sciences -This is a four-year undergraduate degree that consists of one year of professional courses in addition to three years of pre-pharmacy courses. Completion of this degree and a 2.65 minimum GPA on first professional year courses with at least a C grade in each are  prerequisite for admission into the Doctor of Pharmacy degree program, which requires an additional three years of study. Students are admitted to the B.S. program as either freshmen at The University of Mississippi (Early Entry) or after completion of three years of required pre-pharmacy courses (Regular Entry) at this university or other two or four year colleges/universities. Each entering professional class consists of approximately 115 Regular Entry and Early Entry students.

 

DOCTOR OF PHARMACY DEGREE: The professional degree program (final year of the B.S. program and three additional years) was approved for reaccreditation by the Accrediting Council for Pharmaceutical Education in July 2012 for the maximum eight-year period. To be eligible for progression into the third professional year, students must obtain a minimum 2.75 GPA on the second professional year required coursework.  During the final year, each student will participate in five required calendar month rotations (adult medicine, ambulatory care, traditional institutional practice, traditional community practice, and a selective of either adult medicine or ambulatory care) and five additional elective rotations. The electives must be in at least three different areas of training. Students are provided the opportunity to enter preferences for their rotation sites, the majority of which are located in Mississippi. Students are encouraged to compete for nationally available rotations in order to partially satisfy their elective requirement.

 

ADMISSION INFORMATION: The majority of B.S. students are admitted to the school after completion of a prescribed set of required pre-professional courses plus electives. These courses are traditionally completed in three years, but often are taken as a part of completion of a non-pharmacy undergraduate degree. Regular Entry application is made only through PharmCAS with a March 1 deadline.  Eligibility requirements for Regular Entry admission include a preferred 2.75 GPA on required pre-pharmacy courses with a grade of at least a C in each, a preferred minimum composite scaled score of 395, and preferred writing score of 3.0 on the Pharmacy College Admission Test taken during the calendar year of application. As determined from information submitted from PharmCAS, applicants who are competitive will be invited to submit a supplemental application to The University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy which includes a supplemental application fee of $85. These individuals will be invited to attend one of several mandatory Interview Day Programs. Applicants are admitted on the basis of a holistic review of pre-pharmacy GPA, PCAT composite scaled score, resume evaluation (leadership, service, employment history), interview and performance on the Health Sciences Reasoning Test. Mississippi residents are given priority for admission although non-Mississippi residents are also encouraged to apply. Non-resident tuition waivers are available to the top 10 non-resident applicants with a PCAT composite percentile score of 80 or above. Non-U.S. citizens must have completed all required pre-professional courses in the United States in order to be considered for admission. Bonus points are added to the admission score for applicants who have received a Masters, Ph.D., or professional doctorate degree (0.5). If notification of provisional admission to the program occurs prior to March 1, a $200 nonrefundable initial seat deposit will be required to hold the applicant's seat in the program. After March 1, a second $300 nonrefundable seat deposit will be required to retain the applicant's seat. If notification of provisional admission occurs after March 1, the $500 seat deposit must be paid in full upon acceptance. In either case, the full $500 seat deposit will be applied to the first semester fees upon matriculation to the program.All applicants will be notified of their admissions status no later than May 1st. 

 

Additional information can be found at http://pharmacy.olemiss.edu/professional/.

 

The School of Pharmacy has enacted a random drug screening policy for its undergraduate and professional students. All students (PY1-PY4) enrolled in the undergraduate and professional degree programs will be subject to randomized drug (urine) screening during their time of enrollment in the program. 

Program Statistics and Criteria (back to top)

Estimated number planning to interview for fall 2019 entering class: 150
Estimated number planning to accept for fall 2019 entering class: 49
Estimated fall 2019 entering class size including early assurance: 115
Estimated number of early assurance students advancing to the professional program in 2019: 66
Is preference given to in-state applicants vs. out-of-state applicants? Yes
Number of IN-STATE seats available for fall 2019 entering class: In-State Preference; Qualified Non-Mississippi residents are encouraged to apply. Non-resident tuition waivers are available to applicant's whose PCAT composite percentile score is 80 or above.
Number of OUT-OF-STATE seats available for fall 2019 entering class: The School of Pharmacy is pleased to announce that scholarships covering non-Mississippi resident portion of tuition are available to applicants who have not been previously enrolled at the University of Mississippi. Applicants possessing a PCAT composite percentile score of 80 or above will be automatically considered for these awards. The scholarships are renewable for a second year provided the student achieves a 2.65 GPA on required first professional year courses. Following completion of the second professional year non-Mississippi resident have routinely obtained Mississippi residency and thereby, pay Mississippi resident tuition for the last two years of the professional program.
Minimum overall GPA considered: N/A
Minimum prerequisite GPA considered: A 2.75 based on all grades received for prerequisite courses is preferred.
Minimum composite PCAT score considered: A composite scaled score of at least 395 and a writing score of 3.0 is preferred.
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? No
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: 3.36
Age RANGE of entering students for fall 2018 class: 22-30 years old
Ratio of applications received to the number of first-year students enrolled in fall 2018 class: 3:1

Program Prerequisites (back to top)

Total number of college SEMESTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: 85
Total number of basic science college SEMESTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: 49
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: Summer 2019 term
Course Prerequisites Table
Course Title Semester Hours Quarter Hours
Total 85   
English Comp I   
Organic Chemistry I with Lab   
Organic Chemistry II with Lab   
Physics I with Lab   
Social Sciences   
Humanities and Fine Arts *  12   
Bioethics (Biomedical Ethics) *   
Biochemistry **   
Physiology (Human Physiology) ***   
Medical Microbiology (Pathogenesis of Infectious Diseases) **   
Speech   
Genetics   
Calculus I   
Chemistry I with Lab   
Chemistry II with Lab   
Biology I with Lab   
Biology II with Lab   
Statistics   
Microeconomics   
English Comp II   
Human Anatomy ***   

Additional Information

*A minimum of 3 credit hours in each general area.
** Upper Division (+300, +3000)
All grades on required courses will be included in the GPA calculation with the exception of original grades received earlier than 5 years preceding the application deadline, and repeated with a grade of C or better obtained within the 5-year period.

***May take Human Anatomy and Physiology I and II to satisfy separate Human Anatomy and Human Physiology courses.

AP Credits Accepted for Prerequisite Coursework

Yes

Supplemental Application (back to top)

Supplemental Application Required

Yes

Details: Supplemental application is by invitation only. The UM School of Pharmacy will provide the website to selected applicants.
Deadline: 03/1/2018Received by deadline
Supplemental Application fee: $85
Obtaining the Supplemental Application:

Supplemental application is by invitation only. The School of Pharmacy will provide the website to selected applicants.

Tests (back to top)

PCAT required?

Yes

The oldest PCAT considered: January 2018
Details:

All 2018 scores and January and February 2019 scores will be considered.

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.
Other required tests or credentials:

The Health Sciences Reasoning Test (HSRT) will be administered during the Interview Day activities.

 

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? Yes
Is preference given to residents of other states? No

Foreign Applicants (back to top)

Is proof of U.S. residency required? No
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): 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? No
Do applicants send the LORs to PharmCAS, or directly to your school? to PharmCAS

LOR types that are REQUIRED:

LOR types that are RECOMMENDED BUT NOT REQUIRED:

  • Employer
  • Health Care Professional
  • Pharmacist
  • Pre-Health Adviser
  • 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:

Are Committee Letters accepted? Yes
Does it count as more than one LOR? No
Are Composite Letters accepted? No

Interviews (back to top)

Does your institution conduct interviews? Yes
Interview Format:
  • Individual applicants with two or more interviewers
  • Multiple applicants with one or more interviewers
  • Multiple Mini Interviews (MMI)
Interview Dates:
  • Early Decision Interviews #1- September 28, 2018
  • Regular Entry Interviews #1- October 26, 2018
  • Regular Entry Interviews #2- January 25, 2019
  • Regular Entry Interviews #3- February 22, 2019
  • Regular Entry Interviews #4- March 22, 2019
Details:

The University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy requires a personal interview of all admitted students. Each applicant will have three 15-minute interviews. The University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy uses panel interviews, in which the interview panel consists of one faculty member and one student. Two interviews consist of individual applicant interviews by the panelists, in addition to one interview in which two candidates are paired in the interview scenario. The score on the interview is combined with other admission elements (pre-pharmacy GPA, composite PCAT score, biographical supplement, and critical thinking appraisal) for holistic review and consideration for admission. 

Accepted Applicants (back to top)

When are acceptance letters mailed to regular applicants? The admissions review process occurs approximately every four weeks, and applicants will be notified as the committee reviews each application. All applicants will be notified of their final admissions status no later than May 1, 2019.
When is the response to the acceptance offer due? Response to the acceptance offer, along with the required seat deposit, is due two weeks from the date in which the offer is issued.
Is there a deposit to hold an acceptee's place in the class?

Yes

Amount: $200 initial seat deposit; $300 final seat deposit
Due: The initial seat deposit is due within two weeks of provisional admission. Final seat deposits are due after March 1.
Refundable? No
Details: Upon matriculation to the program, the nonrefundable seat deposit ($500 total) will be applied to the first semester fees.
New Student Orientation Information:
  • TBD
First day of classes and/or matriculation: TBD. The first day of classes for PY1 students is one week prior to the start of regular classes at the University of Mississippi, Oxford campus.
Are requests for deferred entrance considered? No