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Pre-Pharmacy Scholars Program

The Pre-Pharmacy Scholars Program is designed to reward those students with exemplary records. Students enter as Pre-Pharmacy Scholars anticipating admission to the pharmacy school in either 2 or 3 years.

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Admission Standards for Incoming Freshmen

Students entering the University of Charleston directly from high school will be admitted to the Pre-Pharmacy Scholar Program if the student also meets the following requirements.

A. Have an academic grade point average of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) in core academic subjects on a secondary level

  1. Four units of high school math are required:*
    1. Algebra I
    2. Algebra II
    3. Geometry
    4. Trigonometry
     
  2. High school chemistry with a lab
  3. Additional science classes strongly recommended
  4. Students missing any of the above course work may be provisionally accepted into the Scholar concentration pending completion of an appropriate college class during the summer prior to the first fall semester.

B. Earn a composite score of 24 or above on the ACT or a total of 1100 or above on the re-centered SAT test.

C. Score a 24 or above on the ACT math component or 550 or above on the math portion of the re-centered SAT test.

D. Score a 24 or above on the ACT science component or 550 or above on the science portions of the re-centered SAT test.

E. A record of active participation in school or community organizations.

*Students deficient in one of the courses listed above may be provisionally admitted to the Scholar Program. They will be given full admission upon completing a college level course in the area of the deficiency prior to the fall of their freshman year. 

Options for Incoming Freshmen

Incoming freshmen will be given the option of completing the requirements set forth by the University of Charleston’s School of Pharmacy in 2 years or 3 years. Students initially choosing the 2 year option will be given the opportunity to change to the 3 year option prior to the start of their 3rd semester.

Changing from Traditional Pre-Pharmacy Concentration

Entering freshmen in the Traditional Pre-Pharmacy Concentration may earn their way into the Scholars Program by earning a cumulative GPA of 3.5 and no grades of “C” or lower, at the end of their freshmen year. Only those students completing the course work required of entering 2 year scholars will be eligible to complete all requirements at the end of 2 years.

Transfer Students and the Scholars Program

Transfer students may earn their way into the Scholars Concentration by entering with a cumulative GPA of 3.5 with no grades lowers than a “C’. Transfer students must, however, complete 2 years of study at the University of Charleston to be eligible for the benefits of being in the Scholar Concentration.