HSOP Welcomes Class of 2020

The Class of 2020 takes the Oath of a Pharmacist The Class of 2020 takes the Oath of a Pharmacist at the White Coat Ceremony on Aug. 13, 2016.

August 29, 2016

AUBURN, Alabama – The Harrison School of Pharmacy’s Class of 2019 joined the Auburn Family on Saturday, Aug. 13 as friends and family joined the incoming student pharmacists at the 2016 White Coat Ceremony.

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The White Coat Ceremony, one of the most anticipated milestones in a pharmacist’s path, signified the end of the Foundations of Pharmacy orientation week and the beginning of the four-year journey of pharmacy school. The presentation of their own white coats, used to recognize health care professionals throughout the world, represents the next crucial stage of their education in which they will actively engage with patients and other professionals.

At the Harrison School of Pharmacy, faculty members view student pharmacists as junior colleagues in the profession of pharmacy. Thus, the presentation of the white coat symbolizes their formal induction into the profession of pharmacy.  While the students are still trainees, the event symbolizes their entry into the profession of pharmacy.

“Each year, I look forward to spending the first week of the fall semester with our new first-year students as they begin their pharmacy education,” said Brent Fox, associate professor in Health Outcomes Research and Policy and coordinator of the Foundations of Pharmacy course. “It is an exciting time in their lives, and their enthusiasm is exciting to experience. The week is capped off with our White Coat ceremony, where I have the honor to perform Roll Call and see 150 smiling faces as they walk across the stage to shake the Dean’s hand.

“I also thoroughly enjoy performing Roll Call at Graduation, where I get to see the same smiling faces as they begin the next phase of their pharmacy journey, four years after the White Coat ceremony. These are arguably the most fulfilling days each academic year.”

The Class of 2019 is made up of 144 students with 120 on the Auburn campus and 24 on the Mobile campus. The group brings a diverse background to HSOP as the class is made up of students from 12 different states, two foreign countries and 35 different colleges and universities.

Class of 2020 members come Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, North Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia, along with students from South Korea and Venezuela.

The class also represents 35 different colleges and universities, including Alabama, Alabama-Birmingham, Alabama-Huntsville, Albion College, Auburn, Auburn-Montgomery, Brigham Young-Idaho, Buffalo, Catawba College, Columbus State, Florida Gulf Coast , Florida International, Fort Valley State, Georgia Southern, Georgia State, Huntingdon College, Jacksonville State, LaGrange College, Louisiana-Monroe, Maryland, North Georgia, Ole Miss, Samford, South Alabama, South Florida, Southern Mississippi, Spring Hill College, Towson, Troy, Minnesota, University of Mobile, Virginia Commonwealth, West Alabama, West Florida, and West Georgia.

Class of 2020 Snapshot

Class of 2020 144 total students
Auburn Campus 120 students
Mobile Campus 24 students
Average PCAT Composite Percentile 68%
Average GPA (Cumulative) 3.3
Alabama Residents 78%
Non-Residents 22%
Auburn Undergraduates 43%
Female 68%
Male 32%
Average Age 22.7
Age Range 20 - 37
Number of States Represented 12
Foreign Countries 2
Colleges and Universities 35


About the Harrison School of Pharmacy
Auburn University’s Harrison School of Pharmacy is ranked among the top 20 percent of all pharmacy schools in the United States, according to U.S. News & World Report. Fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), the School offers doctoral degrees in pharmacy (Pharm.D.) and pharmaceutical sciences (Ph.D.) while also offering a master’s in pharmaceutical sciences. For more information about the School, please call 334.844.8348 or visit http://pharmacy.auburn.edu.

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Last Updated: August 29, 2016