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.


Program Information

Minimum Standards

  • High School Seniors
    • Have a minimum GPA of 3.5
    • Have minimum ACT Composite and STEM score of 26 (or comparable SAT scores)
  • Undergraduate Students
    • Have completed 2 semesters of college (minimum of 24 semester credit hours)
    • Have a minimum GPA of 3.5 on all undergraduate prerequisite coursework attempted at the designated undergraduate college/university
    • Have no grades of less than C
    • Completion of at least 15 prerequisite math/science hours at the undergraduate college/university (course credit awarded by advanced placement [AP] can be used to meet this requirement if the awarding of AP credit precludes the scheduling of science/math courses)
    • Students who have completed 3 or more academic semesters should contact HSOP’s Office of Academic Programs for guidance regarding their application process

Interview and Admission

  • Applicants will be reviewed as they are received. Interviews for qualified applicants will be scheduled as soon as possible.
  • Within a week of the interview, the Admissions Committee will communicate a decision for each applicant regarding an EAP admission to Doctor of Pharmacy program.
  • The HSOP will hold future seats in the Doctor of Pharmacy program for all EAP students for a time period of up to 4 years from the date that the student 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.

Academic Progress

  • The HSOP will organize events each academic year for EAP students.These events will focus on EAP students’ success in the pre-pharmacy curriculum as well as their exploration of pharmacy and the HSOP. Information will be provided each year regarding these events and participation requirements. Additionally EAP students are also expected to participate in appropriate activities on their campus, such as prepharmacy club and Alpha Epsilon Delta (AED). Participation in these organizations has proven very beneficial for previous EAP students.
  • At the completion of each academic year, HSOP will monitor the academic progress of each EAP student. All students maintaining the requirements below will retain their reserved seat in the HSOP. HSOP admissions will review each student who does not meet the requirements below to determine if the student can continue in the EAP program or will need to apply to HSOP using the traditional application process.
    • Be enrolled in a minimum of 12 prerequisite hours each semester (excluding summer terms)
    • Maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 3.25 at the completion of each academic year
    • Have no grade of less than C in any course
    • Have no withdrawals from any course*
    • Participate in activities as outlined above
    • Have not been disciplined by their undergraduate college/university or a state licensing agency
  • Students wishing to take a prerequisite science course at a university other than Auburn University or University of South Alabama must receive approval from the Associate Dean for Academic Programs.
  • Admitted EAP students are requested to send their official university email address to the HSOP Office of Academic Programs as soon as it is assigned to them. This assists HSOP with communications regarding the events, activities, and academic progress mentioned above.

Formal Admission

  • EAP participants are required to submit an application to PharmCAS by October 1, 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 listed above. 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.
  • Students who lose their EAP positions due to not maintaining the requirements stipulated above remain eligible for admission using the HSOP’s regular admission process.

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


Last Updated: February 1, 2021