The newest PharmD students began their four-year journey with the COP with orientation week Aug. 15-19.
After receiving 199 applications, the college admitted 111 students to the Class of 2020. Eighty-eight of the new student pharmacists will attend classes in Tucson, while the other 23 will take classes on the Phoenix Biomedical Campus, participating in the same courses via synchronous distance learning technology.
The class age ranges from 19 to 53 and the average age is 25. Fifty-nine percent of the class is female and 41 percent is male. People who identify as minority (Black or African-American, Hispanic or Latino, American Indian and Other) make up 19 percent of the class.
Seventy-three students from the Class of 2020 have a bachelor's degree. A large group of the students - 46 - attended UA, while 16 members are from Arizona State University. Two come from Grand Canyon University and 19 others did undergraduate work at Pima Community College. Other students attended other community colleges and out-of-state universities, including institutions in California, Hawaii and Ohio.
The class has an average cumulative GPA of 3.63. Members' average PCAT composite score was 74.1, with scores ranging from 23 to 99.
First photo: Excited students from the Class of 2020 take their seats for the first day of orientation.
Second photo: The Phoenix cohort ends orientation week in their new classroom.