10+ Year Member
- Dec 16, 2004
I was recently rejected by the University of South Carolina. I had a 3.6 pre-pharmacy GPA, and some of those courses were more advanced than the pharmacy school required. The only two C's that I had were in two calculus based physics courses which were a higher level physics than the pharmacy school required. I made all A's in the remaining pre-pharmacy courses that I had to take upon returning to school last spring, including both organic chemistry and both anatomy/physiology courses. I also earned an undergrad degree in mechanical engineering back in 2000 and I finished up with a 3.1 GPA in that. On their website, USC states that 25% of the students accepted last year have an undergrad degree. I would have thought that percentage would have been much higher if pharmacy school applicants are as competitive as they claim. USC doesn't require the PCAT or an interview, which I thought was a good thing before I got rejected, but now I don't think it is. The PCAT and interview are good opportunities to get separation from other applicants with good GPAs. I feel like the only "deficiency" that I had was that I didn't work in a pharmacy, although I did shadow in a hospital pharmacy 30 minutes from where I live for 5 hours. I also talked to a nuclear pharmacist about that field. I applied for several retail pharmacy jobs, but I never got offered a job. The weird thing is that I have been told by some students that got in that many of the students that are accepted by USC have never worked anywhere including a pharmacy. I just don't see how I didn't even make the waiting list at South Carolina.