University of Mississippi
School of Pharmacy



  1. Contact Information ↑ 

    • Admissions Office Contact:

      • Ms. 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 
      • Email: pharmstuservices@olemiss.edu 

    • Website:


  2. Program Deadline ↑ 

    PharmCAS Application and Transcript Deadline for the class entering fall of 2015:  January 5, 2015


  3. Accreditation Status ↑ 


  4. Program Information ↑ 

    • 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. 
      • Details: Students interested in visiting the University of MS School of Pharmacy, please contact pharmstuservices@olemiss.edu or 662-915-7996. 
    • 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:



  5. Program Description ↑ 

    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 a minimum of 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. The third year course work utilizes a case-based and student-centered problem based learning format. Small groups of randomly assigned students coached by a faculty facilitator develop optimal treatment plans for hypothetical patients based on actual case histories. Students are evaluated on content knowledge, problem solving skills, and group dynamics. During the final year, each student will participate in four required five-week rotations (adult medicine, ambulatory care, traditional institutional practice, and traditional community practice) and four five-week elective rotations. The electives must be in at least three different areas of training. Students are provided the opportunity to select 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 REQUIREMENTS EARLY ENTRY (EARLY ASSURANCE) ADMISSION: The Early Entry program provides the opportunity to engage in both professional and personal relationships with School of Pharmacy faculty and upperclassmen immediately upon entering the university. Early Entry students avoid the highly competitive selection process for admission to the B.S. program following completion of the pre-pharmacy curriculum. These students also are eligible for scholarships that are not available to pre-pharmacy students. Eligibility for Early Entry admission requires a minimum composite ACT score of 25 and sufficient GPA (9-12 grades, 4.0 scale, weighted GPA will be utilized) that when multiplied by ten and added to the applicant’s best ACT score equals at least 65. Admission scores are calculated based on GPA, ACT, resume evaluation (leadership, service, employment history), and interview results. Applications, available online, must be made to both the University and to the School (December 30 deadline). A nonrefundable $60 application fee is assessed. Applicants will then be invited to attend a mandatory Applicant Day. Enrollment is limited to 115 and preference is given to Mississippians for the last 50 available seats. Applicants from qualified non-Mississippi residents are encouraged.

     

    REGULAR ENTRY ADMISSION: 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 January 5 deadline.  Minimum eligibility requirements for Regular Entry admission include a 2.75 GPA on required pre-pharmacy courses with a grade of at least a C in each, a minimum composite scaled score of 395, and a 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 Applicant Day Programs and includes an interview and a Health Sciences Reasoning Test assessment. Students are admitted on the basis of a composite admission score incorporating 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 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) and/or applicants who meet the minimum 2.75 GPA and who complete all required pre-pharmacy courses at The University of Mississippi (0.4). All applicants will be notified of their admissions status no later than April 1st. Upon notification of admission to the program, a $500 nonrefundable seat deposit will be required to hold the applicant's seat in the program. Upon matriculation to the program, the seat deposit will be applied to the first semester fees.

     

    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. 


  6. Program Statistics and Criteria ↑ 

    • Estimated number interviewed for fall 2014 entering class: 142
    • Estimated number accepted for fall 2014 entering class: 115
    • Estimated fall 2014 entering class size including early assurance and transfer seats: 115
    • Estimated number of early assurance students advancing to the professional program: 40
    • Estimated number of transfer applicants accepted: 20
    • Estimated number of out-of-state applicants accepted: 28
    • Estimated percent of males in 2014 entering class: 36%
    • Estimated percent of females in 2014 entering class: 64%
    • Estimated average GPA of accepted students: 3.40
    • Estimated number of students to be interviewed: 145
    • Is preference given to in-state applicants vs. out-of-state applicants? Yes
      • Number of IN-STATE seats available for fall 2015 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 2015 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.
    • Number of TRANSFER seats available for fall 2015 entering class: N/A
    • Minimum overall GPA considered: N/A
    • Minimum prerequisite GPA considered: 2.75 based on all grades received for prerequisite courses.
    • Minimum composite PCAT score considered: Composite scaled score of at least 395 and a writing score of 3.0.
    • 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: 22-30 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: 3:1

  7. Program Prerequisites ↑ 

    • Total number of college SEMESTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: 91
    • Total number of basic science college SEMESTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: 53
    • Applicants must successfully complete ALL course prerequisites by the end of the: Spring 2015 term
    • Course Prerequisites Table:
      Course Title Semester Hours Quarter Hours
      Total 91   
      English Composition II   
      Organic Chemistry I   
      Organic Chemistry II   
      Physics I   
      Physics II   
      Social Sciences   
      Humanities and Fine Arts *   
      Bioethics (Biomedical Ethics) *   
      Biochemistry **   
      Physiology (Human Physiology) **   
      Medical Microbiology (Pathogenesis of Infectious Diseases) **   
      Speech   
      Cell Biology **   
      Genetics  3-4   
      Immunology   
      Calculus I   
      Chemistry I   
      Chemistry II   
      Biology I   
      Biology II   
      Statistics   
      Microeconomics   
    • 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.


  8. Supplemental Application ↑ 

    • Supplemental Application required? Yes
      • Details: Only require a supplemental application from PharmCAS applicants who appear to meet minimum program requirements with respect to GPA, PCAT and/or prerequisite courses completed or in which they are currently enrolled.
      • Deadline: 01/5/2015 Received 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.


  9. Tests ↑ 

    • PCAT required? Yes
      • The oldest PCAT considered: January 2014
      • Details: 

        All 2014 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 Applicant Day activities.


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

  12. Foreign Applicants ↑ 

    • 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.

  13. Letters of Reference ↑ 

    • Are letters of reference (LORs) accepted? No
    • LOR types that are REQUIRED: 
    • LOR types that are RECOMMENDED BUT NOT REQUIRED: 
    • 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
      • Employer
      • Faculty Adviser
      • Family Member
      • Friend
      • Health Care Professional
      • Pharmacist
      • Politician
      • Pre-Health Adviser
      • Professor (Liberal Arts)
      • Professor (Math)
      • Professor (Science)
      • Supervisor
      • Teaching Assistant

  14. Interviews ↑ 

    • Does your institution conduct interviews? Yes
    • Interview Dates:
      • Early Decision Interviews October 10, 2014 
      • October 24, 2014 
      • December 1, 2014 
      • January 28, 2015 
      • February 27, 2015 
      • March 27, 2015 
    • Details: 

      The University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy requires a personal interview of all admitted students. Each applicant will have one interview. The University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy uses a panel interview; the interview panel consists of one faculty member and one student. Interviews are scheduled in 20-minute blocks of time with 15 minutes allotted for the interview. The score on the interview is combined with the other required admission elements (pre-pharmacy GPA, composite PCAT score, biographical supplement, and critical thinking appraisal) to arrive at an applicant's admission score.


  15. Accepted Applicants ↑ 

    • 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 admissions status no later than April 1, 2015.
    • When is the response to the acceptance offer due? 04/15/2015
    • Is there a deposit to hold an acceptee's place in the class? Yes
      • Amount: $500
      • Due: Within four weeks of provisional admission
      • Refundable? No
    • New Student Orientation Information: 
      • August 13-14, 2015 
    • First day of classes and/or matriculation: 8/17/2015
    • Are requests for deferred entrance considered? No