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September 2010 Issue
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White Coat Presentation Welcomes Pharmacy Class

By Angela Koenig
Published September 2010

Nearly 100 first-year PharmD students— coming from nine states and 28 colleges and universities— are entering the UC James L. Winkle College of Pharmacy and will receive their white coats at 3 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 21, in Kresge Auditorium.

The white coat presentation signifies the first step into pharmacy school.

Ninety-eight students make up the class.

"I think that it’s an academically strong and diverse group and we’re looking forward to having them in the college,” says Andrea Wall, associate professor and assistant dean of student affairs.

Although the demographics of the class have not changed significantly in recent years, the number of students with prior degrees— 32—has increased. All applicants are required to have at least two years of pre-pharmacy coursework. Thirteen percent of students are of color and 60 percent of the class is female.

"It’s very competitive,” Wall says of receiving 600 applications. The average PCAT (Pharmacy College Admission Test) score for those admitted was 70 and the average GPA was over 3.5.

 


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