University of South Carolina

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University of South Carolina

  • City , State Columbia , South Carolina
  • Est. Tution $111,360
  • Deadline 03/01/2022
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University of South Carolina Quick Facts

Duration: 4 Years Courses: 66 Faculty: 44
Est. Applications: 271 Acceptance Rate: 40% Est. Class Size: 108

Program Description

The University of South Carolina College of Pharmacy consists of the USC campus, a large comprehensive research university, and satellite Prisma Health-Upstate campus, a progressive hospital system. Four dual degree programs (MBA,MPH,MHIT,PhD) are offered alongside the four-year Pharm.D. degree. Three optional track programs that provide training in business, residency preparation, and leadership are available. Students have access to national and international pharmacy practice experiences with our greater than 600 preceptors, service learning opportunities, pioneering research opportunities that lead to new therapies alongside internationally renowned faculty, an entrepreneurial Kennedy Pharmacy Innovation Center, and the state’s Palmetto Poison Center. Opportunities are provided to learn with and from multiple other health profession students  throughout didactic and experiential courses, extracurricular organizations, and outside activities. As a break from pharmacy studies and activities, students enjoy university benefits of tickets to various sporting events, membership in the more than 400 organizations on campus, and close proximity to beaches and mountains.

PharmD Program Highlights

  • Public Institution
  • No Baccalaureate Degree Required
  • $485 deposit to hold acceptance
  • Conducts interviews of applicants
  • Participates in Early Decision Program (EDP)
  • PCAT composite score Required
  • Minimum Three (3) Letters of Reference are required
  • Utilizes the Centralized Criminal Background Check (CBC)
  • Participates in the PharmCAS-facilitated Drug Screening Service



Location: 715 Sumter Street, CLS 109, Columbia, South Carolina 29208

Acceptance Rate for University of South Carolina

40%: See other Schools with an acceptance rate under 40%

School Demographics (2018)

Female: 67% Male: 33% Age: 18-61


Tuition (In-State): $27,840 per year
Tuition (Out-State): $42,048 per year
Tuition Fee: $835 per year


PCAT Score and G.P.A

Minimum GPA: N/A Average GPA: 2.5 Minimum PCAT: N/A


Program Prerequisites
Total number of college SEMESTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: 66
Total number of basic science college SEMESTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: 36
Total number of college QUARTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: 99
Applicants must successfully complete ALL course prerequisites by the end of the:
Spring 2019 term

Course Prerequisites Table

Course Title Semester/Quarter Hours
General Chemistry I & II w/lab 8/12
Physics 3/4.5
Calculus 3/4.5
Statistics 3/4.5
General Biology I w/lab 4/6
English: Reading/Composition 3/4.5
English: Literature/Composition 3/4.5
Speech/Verbal Skills/Public Speaking 3/4.5
Economics 3/4.5
General Psychology 3/4.5
Human Anatomy or Human Anatomy & Physiology I & II 6/9
Liberal art electives 9/13.5
Microbiology 3/4.5
General Biology II w/lab 4/6
Organic Chemistry I & II w/lab 8/12
Total 66/99

Letter of Recommendation Requirements

General Information Three electronic evaluations (letters of reference/recommendation) are required to be submitted through the PharmCAS application.
LOR types that are REQUIRED:
LOR types that are RECOMMENDED: Co-Worker, Employer, Faculty Advisor, Health Care Professional, Pharmacist, Pre-Health Advisor, Professor of Liberal Arts, Science and Math, Supervisor, Teaching Assistant
LOR types that are CONDITIONALLY ACCEPTED: Clergy, Politician
Note: please verify the institution specific details regarding CONDITIONALLY ACCEPTED LOR types.

Pre-Health Adviser
Advisor must have 2+ years of familiarity with the applicant and have 10 plus years advising experience and limit the number of such LOR’s they deliver to a top specified percent of advisees.

LOR types that are NOT ACCEPTED: Friend, Family
Are Committee Letters accepted? No
A Committee Letter is: Not Accepted
Does it count as more than one LOR?
Are Composite Letters accepted?

Does it count as more than one LOR?

Not Accepted


Interview Information

Interview Format: Individual applicants with one interviewer
Interview Dates:
Details: Interviews are by invitation only and required for admission into the Pharm.D. program.  The Interview Day is a half-day in length. It includes an overview of the program by one of the Deans, a tour of the pharmacy school, and one-on-one interviews.  The interviewers include faculty members, alumni, and preceptors. The time of each Interview Day varies.  Interview invitations will be emailed to the email address provided in PharmCAS.



March 1, 2022

General School Information


Dual Degree Program? Yes
Part of an academic health center? Yes
Pharmacy observation hours required? No
Supplemental application requirement? Yes
Baccalaureate degree preferred for admissions? No
Follows the AACP Cooperative Admissions Guidelines? No
Is preference given to in-state applicants vs. out-of-state applicants? No

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