International Students

An applicant who is not a United States citizen or permanent resident must follow the same admissions procedures as applicants who are U.S. citizens (see Admission Requirements) in addition to the following specific requirements. There will be no exceptions to this policy.

The following items are required prior to submitting an application.

  1. Prospective applicants must have been enrolled at an accredited U.S. college or university for a minimum of two years prior to the planned enrollment date.
  2. Prospective applicants must complete all designated pre-pharmacy course requirements. Pre-requisite courses taken at an institution outside of the United States must be evaluated and approved prior to submitting an application. To have international courses evaluated, the prospective applicant must submit the following:
    • All academic records from colleges and universities located outside the United States.
      • Official transcript(s) must be in the original language and a translation in English.
      • A course-by-course report from the transcript evaluation service World Education Services (WES) must accompany the transcript. Contact information for WES can be found at the website www.wes.org. Evaluations from other services are not accepted. The outside assessments by WES are subject to review and approval by the Office of Student Affairs. This includes, but is not limited to, decisions regarding acceptable credit, prerequisite fulfillment, GPA calculations, degree equivalencies, minimum passing grade levels, etc. The college is not obligated to accept the conclusion of any outside evaluation service.
    • All academic records from U.S. colleges and universities
      • Official transcripts should be submitted directly to Lipscomb University College of Pharmacy.
  3. English courses taken outside of the United States will not be accepted toward meeting the English requirements unless English is the official language of the university or college attended and all instruction (except for foreign language courses) is conducted in English.
  4. International students are required to be proficient in written and oral English before submitting an application. Applicants whose native language is not English must present the results of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), prior to applying for admission to the college. For more information, visit www.toefl.org. Minimum TOEFL scores are 213 for the computer exam and 550 for the paper exam. The equivalent TOEFL iBT score is 80. Lipscomb’s TOEFL code is 1161. In addition to an acceptable score on the TOEFL, other evidence of proficiency in English may include letters from employers or instructors, credit earned in English language courses and a personal interview.

After all of the required documents are received, the Office of Student Affairs will evaluate whether the coursework can be applied to the prerequisite requirements for admission. If all prerequisite requirements will be met by the spring semester prior to the anticipated enrollment and all other documentation has been submitted and approved, then a formal application may then be submitted to the College.

The following items are required at the time of the application submission:

  1. Applicants must provide copies of current status with the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) at the time of application., i.e. VISA, I-94 and I-20 documents.
  2. Applicants must provide financial statements requested from their U.S. banking institution that shows adequate funds needed for all expenses for at least one year related to enrollment in the Lipscomb University College of Pharmacy.