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Office of Student Affairs

Advising Program

Advising within the College of Pharmacy differs from traditional academic advising:  course selection is not a major aspect of the advising process.  Because of the nature of the professional curriculum, students only choose which elective courses and clerkships to take during their tenure here.

A better way to look at the role of advising is that it is one of the first opportunities for students to develop a professional relationship with a member of the faculty.  It is part of the education that takes place outside the classroom, yet can enhance classroom education, and its benefits may last a lifetime.

First Year Advising  (Advisor Web Page)

Students are assigned an adviser before or at the start of their first semester. 

Second Year Advising

Students are encouraged to meet with their advisors throughout their academic program but are not required to meet at any one specific time during the semester.  Pre-registration course information is distributed to all students by the Office of Student Affairs in October and March for the following semester.

Beyond academics, students may want to be considering applying for summer internships during this year.

Third Year Advising

Students are encouraged to meet with their advisers throughout their academic program but are not required to meet at any one specific time during the semester.  Pre-registration course information is distributed to all students by the Office of Student Affairs in October and March for the following semester.

By the end of the third year, students must have a cumulative core g.p.a. > 3.0, no incomplete/deferred/missing grades on their grade record, and completed all core courses and all professional electives required (12 hours of electives).

Fourth Year Advising

Students are still encouraged to maintain contact with their advisors but specific clerkship questions should be referred to the Office of Academic Programs in the Department of Pharmacy Practice.