Early Assurance Program

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The Auburn University Harrison School of Pharmacy allows highly qualified applicants the opportunity to receive early acceptance into the Harrison School of Pharmacy’s (HSOP) Doctor of Pharmacy program. Students admitted to Auburn University, the University of South Alabama, and other approved colleges and universities can receive conditional admission to the HSOP. Successful matriculation into the HSOP would be dependent upon meeting subsequent requirements while enrolled as an undergraduate student.

High school seniors and undergraduate students admitted to or attending HSOP-approved colleges and universities are eligible to submit an EAP application through PharmDirect.


  1. High school seniors and undergraduate students admitted to or attending HSOP-approved colleges and universities are eligible to submit an EAP application through PharmDirect.
  2. Minimum standards are as follows:
    1. High school seniors:
      1. Have a minimum GPA of 3.5
      2. Have minimum ACT Composite and STEM scores of 26 (or comparable SAT scores)
    2. Undergraduate students:
      1. Have completed 2 semesters of college
      2. Have a minimum GPA of 3.5 on all undergraduate prerequisite coursework attempted at the designated undergraduate college/university.
      3. Have no grades of less than C
      4. Completion of at least 15 prerequisite math/science hours at the undergraduate college/university (course credit awarded by advanced placement cannot be used to meet this requirement).
  3. Applicants will be reviewed as they are received. Interviews for qualified applicants will be conducted and arranged so as not to conflict with the HSOP’s interviews for applicants in the early decision and regular applicant cycles. The application deadline is April 1.
  4. Following the interviews, the Admissions Committee will make a decision for each applicant regarding an EAP admission to Doctor of Pharmacy program.
  5. The HSOP will track all EAP admitted applicants and hold future seats in the Doctor of Pharmacy program for all EAP admissions for a time period of up to 4 years from the date that they matriculated into undergraduate course work. This allows applicants flexibility in the completion of their pre-pharmacy work including the option of completing a baccalaureate degree prior to matriculation, or matriculating at a time after they have completed their prerequisites.
  6. The HSOP will host at least one required activity per semester for individuals who receive early assurance admissions. All EAP admitted students are expected to participate in these activities. EAP students are also expected to participate in appropriate activities on their campus, such as prepharmacy club and Alpha Epsilon Delta (AED).
  7. At the completion of each academic semester, the HSOP will monitor the academic progress of each EAP participant. In order to maintain their reserved seat in the HSOP, students must:
    1. Be enrolled in a minimum of 12 prerequisite hours each semester (excluding summer terms)
    2. Maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 3.25 at the completion of each academic year
    3. Have no grade of less than C in any course
    4. Have no withdrawals from any course*
    5. Participate in required activities as outlined in #6.
    6. Have not been disciplined by their undergraduate college/university or a state licensing agency
  8. EAP students who maintain the requirements outlined in #7 will be waived from the requirement of taking the PCAT.
  9. EAP participants are required to submit an early decision application to PharmCAS by the September 1 deadline, in the year prior to their planned matriculation into the HSOP. They will be reviewed to assure that they are in compliance with all of the requirements in #7. They must also demonstrate a plan for completing the remaining prerequisite courses without exceeding normal course loads. Those individuals meeting these requirements will not be re-interviewed and will be provided a formal offer of admission.
  10. Students who lose their EAP positions due to not maintaining the requirements stipulated in #7 remain eligible for admission using the HSOP’s regular admission process.

*The HSOP’s Associate Dean for Academic and Student Affairs will review on a case-by-case basis those students where extenuating circumstances may have resulted in course withdrawals.

Last Updated: March 18, 2019