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Student Experience

Our nationally renowned faculty and numerous experiential practice sites combine to form a powerful academic program on par with the finest in the country.

As a student in the College of Pharmacy, you’re part of a world of opportunity. From varied degree options to robust experiential learning, our program of academics and training positions you well for the demanding career of professional pharmacy in a range of healthcare or research settings. Even better, your education is centered within Columbia, a vibrant university city where you can enjoy your downtime.

Choose from among eight programs of pharmacy education as you work toward a Pharm.D. or specialized dual degree that fits your future goals. As an incoming student, you’ll be paired with a first-year adviser who will assist with curriculum choices and prep you on your path toward the Pharm.D. program. Throughout your studies, you’ll supplement classroom instruction with engaging preceptor-led experiential learning and residencies that develop your analytic and patient care skills in health system or community pharmacy settings.

You’ll tap into a rich history of educating professional pharmacists. For more than 150 years, pharmacists have chosen the University of South Carolina for high-quality professional studies and the thoughtful advisement and mentoring we provide along the way. You’ll also have access to a wide variety of pre-pharmacy and professional student organizations that will help you begin to build your professional network as you build your patient care skills.

Advising and Mentoring

Prospective and current students work with an experienced team of advisers to choose courses that best fit their academic and career goals. Our faculty and staff work closely with students to help prepare them for college and the professional challenges to come.  

Career Opportunities

Our graduates are prepared for many career choices across the clinical and academic settings. Whether you’re planning to be a researcher, entrepreneur or hospital pharmacy director, your advanced professional training sets the stage for a successful career.  

Experiential Learning

Learning by doing will be core to your College of Pharmacy experience. From gaining real-world experience in our campus labs to on-the-job learning during rotations in hospitals, healthcare facilities and retail pharmacies, our hands-on training builds strong professional skills.  

International Programs

Take your studies into the world. Our student and faculty global exchange consortiums in the Middle East, China, Uganda, London, Nicaragua and Australia give our students the opportunity to study the pharmacy profession as they experience the broader world.  

Kennedy Pharmacy Innovation Center

This unique center enhances the links between traditional pharmacy and the exciting world of entrepreneurship and innovation. Students can explore non-traditional pharmacy careers, participate in advanced compounding training and take part in other innovative experiences.  

Palmetto Poison Center

Our students help provide real-time health information to residents and healthcare professionals across the entire state of South Carolina. The Palmetto Poison Center is staffed by healthcare professionals—including pharmacists and pharmacy students—who are formally trained in toxicology as specialists in poison information.  

Student Organizations

Professional, social and service organizations are a great way for you to get involved with other pharmacy students. The College of Pharmacy has 14 organizations that share a common pharmacy bond. In addition, the university offers hundreds and hundreds of organizations to enhance your student experience.  

Student Services

Student services staff can help you prepare to enter the college and as you progress toward your degree. Our staff offers prospective students onsite tours, hosts open houses and informational sessions and keeps students and alumni connected through email and Facebook.