HSOP Welcomes Class of 2021

August 22, 2017

AUBURN, Alabama – The Harrison School of Pharmacy’s Class of 2021 joined the Auburn Family on Saturday, Aug. 19 as friends and family joined the incoming student pharmacists at the 2017 White Coat Ceremony.

The White Coat Ceremony, one of the most anticipated milestones in a pharmacist’s path, signified the end of 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.

“It was exciting and a great privilege to welcome our newest class to the Harrison School of Pharmacy,” said Dean Richard Hansen. “I almost feel like I am one of them with this being my first year as Dean. We are learning a lot from each other, particularly with our new curriculum, and I am looking forward to this new experience with them.”

The students arrived on Sunday, Aug. 13 for registration and spent the week in orientation. Each day of orientation carried with it a central theme, such as teamwork, communication, advocacy, self-assessment, and mentoring. Students learned how each of these themes applied to their role as a pharmacist and their relationship with their patients. The week culminated Saturday with the annual White Coat Ceremony.

“There was so much energy in the building with our new class on campus going through orientation,” said Hansen. “I cannot think of a better way to cap it off than with our White Coat Ceremony. It is an exciting day in their lives where they take their next step in the profession and we have the opportunity to welcome them as our junior colleagues.”

The Class of 2021 is made up of 146 students with 123 on the Auburn campus and 23 on the Mobile campus. The group brings a diverse background to HSOP as the class is made up of students from 17 different states, one foreign country and 46 different colleges and universities.

Class of 2021 members come from Alabama, Arkansas, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Minnesota, Mississippi, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and Virginia, along with a student from Zambia.

The class also represents 46 different colleges and universities, including Alabama, Alabama-Birmingham, Alabama-Huntsville, Alderson Broaddus, Auburn, Auburn-Montgomery, Bellarmine, Birmingham Southern, Central Alabama, Clayton State, Clemson, Columbus State, East Tennessee State, Enterprise State, Faulkner, Florida Atlantic, Georgia, Georgia Gwinnett College, Georgia Southern, Harding, Huntingdon, Jackson State, Jacksonville State, Kennesaw State, LaGrange, Lander, Lipscomb, Louisiana-Lafayette, Louisiana-Monroe, Mercer, Mississippi State, North Alabama, North Georgia, Ole Miss, Shelton State, Shenandoah, South Alabama, Southern Union, Spring Hill, St. Bonaventure, Texas A&M-Kingsville, Troy, Tuskegee, Virginia Commonwealth, West Alabama, and West Florida.

Class of 2021 Snapshot

Class of 2021 146 total students
Auburn Campus 123 students
Mobile Campus 23 students
Average PCAT Composite Percentile 65%
Average GPA (Cumulative) 3.3
Alabama Residents 78%
Non-Residents 22%
Auburn Undergraduates 45%
Female 66%
Male 34%
Average Age 22.04
Age Range 19 - 50
Number of States Represented 17
Foreign Countries 1
Colleges and Universities 46


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 22, 2017