The academic year opened with a bang on the second day of classes: a full-blown, Tucson-style monsoon hammered the city the afternoon of Aug. 24. Welcome to Fall Semester 2010, incoming and returning students! Here’s who’s new at COP this semester.
In the PharmD program, the Class of 2014 took its first classes the day before the storm. A profile of the cohort includes the following statistics and characteristics.
Ninety-eight students make up the class, out of the 100 who were admitted from the pool of 280 who applied.
Thirty-seven members of the cohort are male; 61 are female. Forty-four percent of the class are from underrepresented minorities. Twelve class members are from out of state (27 candidates from out of state were offered admission). Eighty-five students were first-time applicants and 13 had applied previously. Forty-four have already earned undergraduate degrees, while two already hold master’s degrees.
Sixty-four members of the Class of 2014 completed their undergraduate work right here at UA (the largest group ever), while eight Sun Devils (the largest group ever from ASU) and one NAU Lumberjack are acclimating to 'Cat Country. Nine of the new PharmD candidates are from Maricopa community colleges, nine are from Pima Community College, two hail from Central Arizona, and the others attended school at Lewis University, Orange Coast College, the University of California at San Diego, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and New York University.
A brother and sister are in the class: one graduated from UA, the other from ASU. One student has a sister who recently graduated from the college. Another married a third-year classmate over the summer.
The Class of 2014 is noticeably international. There are students from Yugoslavia, Russia, Vietnam, India, China, South Korea, Malaysia, Costa Rica, Cambodia, Mexico and South Africa.
This fall, 387 students are enrolled in the college’s PharmD program.
There are 15 other newcomers in the college’s graduate program. The college welcomed new PhD and MS students with a reception in Drachman Hall Aug. 25.
The new group includes five PhD students in pharmacology and toxicology, six future PhDs in drug discovery and development, one PhD student in pharmaceutics, and two master's candidates and one PhD student in pharmaceutical economics, policy and outcomes.
Seven of the graduate students are women. One of the new students is from China and one is from Chile, with the rest coming from the U.S.
One received his bachelor's degree from UA and one received her PharmD in May 2010 from UA.
Four students boast of special fellowships that will help support their graduate education.
This year 80 people are enrolled in the college's graduate programs.