Early Entry Program

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f you are a highly motivated high school student with a strong interest in science and are committed to improving the health of people in your community, then a career in pharmacy could be just what you're seeking. The University of Mississippi's unique early-entry program can help you jump-start that exciting career and may be the right prescription for your future.

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Through UM's early-entry program, qualified high school seniors can be admitted directly into the School of Pharmacy's professional degree program and avoid the competitive selection process for regular-entry admission.

All students who complete the three-year pre-pharmacy (pre-professional) program and first year of the professional curriculum receive a Bachelor of Science in Pharmaceutical Sciences degree.

B.S.P.S. graduates must complete three additional years of study to earn the Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) degree and sit for the national licensure exam to practice pharmacy.

Early-entry advantages


  • The primary advantage of the early-entry program is that students avoid the competitive selection process for admission into the professional pharmacy program, which traditionally occurs following completion of three academic years of required pre-professional courses. Early-entry students also are assured a position in the first-year professional class, if requirements are met.
  • The early-entry program provides students with opportunities to engage in both professional and personal relationships with School of Pharmacy faculty and upperclassmen immediately upon entering the university instead of waiting to complete the traditional three-year pre-professional program.
  • Early-entry students are eligible for special School of Pharmacy recruiting scholarships and have access to School of Pharmacy performance-based scholarships three years earlier than regular-entry students.
  • Students in the early-entry program may participate in professional student organizations and leadership development programs earlier in their collegiate careers.

Selection process

Acceptance into the early-entry program is based on an applicant's academic ability and aptitude for the study of pharmacy. Two primary factors considered in the selection process are performance on the ACT or SAT and high school grade-point average (grades 10-12). Extra- curricular activities (e.g., service, leadership and employment) and performance during a campus interview are also considered.

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To be considered for early-entry admission, students must first attain a minimum of 25 on their ACT or a minimum of 1130 [Math (M) plus Verbal (V)] or 1700 [M+V+Writing] on their SAT. In addition, a student's composite ACT score (or SAT equivalent) and high school GPA must equal or exceed 65 when inserted into this formula: composite ACT + (10 x GPA). For example, a 31 on the ACT and a 3.5 GPA would yield a score of 66.

An adjusted GPA resulting from participation in advanced placement or honors courses will be used if provided by a high school official.

Enrollment in the freshman early-entry class is capped. Residency is not a consideration in filling the top half of the class, but Mississippi residents are given preference for positions in the remainder of the class. Applications from non-Mississippi residents are encouraged.

Over the past five years, incoming early-entry classes have had an average ACT score of 29.1 and an average GPA of 4.17, and approximately two-thirds of the students are Mississippians.

Qualified applicants not offered a seat in the early-entry program but who attend the University of Mississippi may be provided the opportunity to join the program at the conclusion of either the fall or spring semester of their freshman year. Extension of such offers are restricted to students who had been qualified early-entry applicants, had enrolled in a minimum of 14 hours each semester, and had successfully completed the English, chemistry, calculus and biology courses taken by freshmen in the early-entry program. Priority would be given to students having the highest GPA on these and additional required courses taken by early-entry students, with a minimum 3.25 GPA required.

Scholarships

The School of Pharmacy offers seven-year scholarships of $1,000 per year to selected early-entry applicants. Continuation of these scholarships is dependent upon retaining early-entry status. All accepted applicants are considered candidates for these awards, and recipients are selected based on admission criteria.

Following completion of the freshman year, all participants who achieve at least a 3.5 GPA on required courses will receive a performance scholarship for the second year. The scholarship amount will be increased each succeeding year that the 3.5 GPA on required courses in the preceding year is maintained, through completion of the Doctor of Pharmacy program.

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Maintaining early-entry status

To maintain status in the early-entry program, a student must maintain continuous university enrollment (excluding summer terms) and enroll in a minimum of 14 hours per semester.

  • Take all required courses at the Oxford campus. Electives may be taken during the summer session, intersession or at another institution. A student must complete requirements for the Bachelor of Science in Pharmaceutical Sciences degree by the end of his or her fourth year of college.
  • Achieve a GPA of 3.5 on required courses the first year, a 3.25 cumulative GPA on all required courses attempted at the end of the second year and a 3.25 cumulative GPA following the third year.
  • Early-entry students who have a GPA between a 3.25 and 3.49 on required courses during the freshman year will be placed on probationary status for one year. Those with less than a 3.25 GPA will be dismissed from the early-entry program.
  • Receive no grades below a C in required courses.
  • Obtain a composite scaled score of at least 400 on the PCAT (Pharmacy College Admission Test) and a 3.0 on the PCAT Writing Test prior to the end of the spring semester of the junior year.

Often, students unable to complete the early-entry program transfer to pre-pharmacy student status and gain admission to the professional degree program through regular-entry admission.

Deadline for application

To be considered for early entry into the Bachelor of Science in Pharmaceutical Sciences program, qualified students must submit an undergraduate application to the University of Mississippi and an online supplemental application to the School of Pharmacy by January 15. When applying to the university, applicants should select "pre-pharmacy" as their major under the School of Pharmacy listing. Both applications are available at www.olemiss.edu. For detailed instructions on applying, click the "Apply" button on our home page.

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In addition, an official high school transcript (including courses through the fall semester of the senior year), ACT and/or SAT scores, and a nonrefundable $85 application fee (money order made payable to The University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy) must be received by January 15 by the Office of the Associate Dean for Academic and Student Affairs, School of Pharmacy, The University of Mississippi, University, MS 38677-1848.

Applicants will be invited to attend a mandatory Early-Entry Applicant Day. This event lasts two days and is scheduled on Fridays and Saturdays in January and February. Final decisions regarding admission to the early-entry program will be communicated by April 1.

For more information, call or write:
Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
School of Pharmacy
The University of Mississippi
University, MS 38677-1848
Phone: 662-915-7996
Fax: 662-915-5704
Email: pharmacy@olemiss.edu
www.pharmacy.olemiss.edu