International Student Admissions
International students must follow the same admissions procedures and meet the same requirements as applicants who are U.S. citizens (see Admission Policies and Procedures) in addition to the following specific requirements. There will be no exceptions to this policy.
· Are you an international student?
· You are considered international if:
You are not a United States citizen OR
You do not have permanent resident status
· International 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.
· International applicants should complete all the pre-pharmacy course requirements at a U.S institution. Any pre-requisite courses taken at institutions outside of the United States must be evaluated and approved.
· The pre-pharmacy education will require a minimum of 66 semester hours. Required pre-pharmacy courses should be completed by the end of the spring semester prior to desired enrollment; however, coursework may be in progress or planned at the time of application without it negatively impacting the application. If an applicant has not completed all required pre-pharmacy coursework prior to submitting the application, a proposed plan for completion is required as part of the application process.
· Achievement of a grade of "C" or higher for each required pre-pharmacy course is mandatory.
· International students are required to be proficient in written and oral English.
· 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 attended and all instruction is conducted in English.
· Applicants whose native language is not English must present the results of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). The 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. These scores should be submitted through PharmCAS.
· Provide Current status with the INS
· International 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. Submit these directly to Lipscomb University College of Pharmacy, Office of Student Affairs.
· Provide Financial Statements
· For Lipscomb to provide a student visa, international 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. Submit these directly to Lipscomb University College of Pharmacy, Office of Student Affairs.
Submit Your Application
· Applications are available for the class entering Fall 2013 through PharmCAS. Applications must be completed and submitted electronically via their website. Please read instructions very carefully to be sure the application is submitted properly. The deadline for submitting applications is March 1, 2013.
· Students interested in enrolling through the Early Decision process must complete the same application process as regular applicants. For Early Decision consideration candidates should also meet regular admissions criteria.
Any student not admitted through early decision will automatically have their application rolled forward for consideration in the regular admissions process. The deadline for submitting an application for Early Decision is September 4, 2012.
Step Two: Submit on-line the
· The Supplemental Application is no longer available for the class entering Fall 2013 through the Lipscomb University College of Pharmacy website. The $50 application fee is non-refundable and must accompany the application. Payment can be processed on-line at the time of application submission using a debit or credit card.
· If on-line payment by debit or credit card is not an option, then a check or money order made to the Lipscomb University College of Pharmacy may be mailed to Lipscomb University College of Pharmacy, ATTN: Pharmacy Admissions, One University Park Drive, Nashville, TN 37204. Please print and include the supplemental application fee form if payment is made via mail.
· Applications are only considered complete when an application fee is received.
· Applications will not be accepted via fax transmission
Step Three: Submit an official College/University transcript.
· Submit all official transcripts and academic records from colleges and universities located both inside and outside the United States to PharmCAS.
· Course-by-course reports from the transcript evaluation services World Education Services (WES) or Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE) must accompany international transcripts. Evaluations from other services are not accepted.
· The outside assessments by WES and ECE 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.
· An additional official, final transcript for both international and U.S. coursework will be required prior to matriculation and must be sent directly to Lipscomb University College of Pharmacy Office of Student Affairs.
Step Four: Pharmacy College Admissions Test (PCAT)
· Please request that your PCAT scores be sent to PharmCAS. The PharmCAS code for the PCAT is 104. Remember to include your CID Number on your PharmCAS Application so that your scores may be matched to your application. After the test date you may request additional scores by visiting www.pcatweb.info
· If we receive results from multiple tests, the highest composite score will be accepted.
Step Five: Secure three letters of recommendation.
Letters of recommendation should be submitted electronically to PharmCAS.
· One composite/collective letter by your college pre-professional or pre-health committee is required. If your college or university does not have a pre-professional committee, then two academic letters of recommendation will be accepted as a substitution. These two letters should be submitted by faculty members and/or academic advisors who have instructed you in the classroom or assisted with your academic progress.
· One academic letter of recommendation is required from someone who has supervised you in a work or volunteer setting. It is preferred that one non-academic letter be completed by a pharmacist who has supervised you in a work or volunteer setting. If you do not have pharmacy experience, then this letter of recommendation may be completed by anyone who has recently supervised you in a work or volunteer setting.
· One letter of recommendation is required from someone not related to you who can provide a personal statement of your character and values.
Step Six: Prepare for an Admissions interview.
· An on-site interview is required for admission to Lipscomb University College of Pharmacy. Interviews are conducted by invitation only. Each complete application will be evaluated for competitiveness. Competitive applicants may only be scheduled for an interview when their application is complete.