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FAQ for Transfer Students

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This FAQ has been designed to address four key areas of academics where students have had questions. If you have questions that are not answered in this document, please feel free to email the Office of Academic Services for more information.

Section I:  Credit Transfer and Evaluations

Section II:  Registration and Schedule Information

Section III:  Curriculum and Scholastic Standing Questions

 

Section I:  Credit Transfer and Evaluations

1.  What credit will transfer from my prior college?

This is dependent upon the coursework that  has been completed.  The Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy will review the files of admitted students along with the transcripts that are submitted.  Coursework will be evaluated for equivalency to courses taught here at the University that are required for the first two years of the pharmacy curriculum.   Information on the courses required for the first two years can be found here.  For further information on how credits are transferred, please review the Transfer Evaluation Fact Sheet found here.

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2.  What do I do if there are courses I believe are transferable?

If, after reviewing the material that is mailed to you, you believe there are additional course that may be transferable, you will need to make an appointment to meet with the Assistant Dean for Academic Services.  When you prepare for that meeting, please make sure to have copies of the syllabus for each course you wish to be considered for transfer. A course description will not be sufficient.

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3.  It there any way for coursework to transfer to satisfy professional courses?

Because of the type of courses that are taught by the faculty at the Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy, the Dean's Office and the Office of Academic Services does not review for such coursework.  If a student believes they have taken coursework that will satisfy a professional course, they will be expected to contact the course coordinator for the course and provide them with a copy of the syllabus for the external course in question as well as copies of all notes taken in the course and the book used.  If the course coordinator for our course finds there to be an exact equivalency, then the credit will be transferred.

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4.  How do I know which program I am entering at the School?

For transfer students who have been admitted to the Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy for the Fall 2010 semester, you will be admitted into the third year of the six-year PharmD Program. Information regarding the Program of Study will also be mailed to you upon admission to the School.

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Section II:  Registration and Schedule Information

1.  When will I receive my schedule of classes for the Fall semester?

Each transfer student will receive a rough outline of the courses for which he or she can expect to be registered for the Fall semester. This information will be sent to you via US Mail to the address from which you applied. Upon the receipt of selected material from you, the Office of Academic Services will complete your registration. Thereafter, students receive information via email. 

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2.  Am I able to make changes to my first semester schedule?

No. The Office of Academic Services develops your first semester schedule and takes into account where and when sections of courses meet as well as the time needed by students for studying. Students are strongly urged to follow the schedule of classes as designed for them by the Office for the first week before making any changes.

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3.  How do I find out what courses I am registered for?

As noted in the answer to Question #1, an initial listing of courses will be sent to students listing the coursework that has transferred and the coursework, if any, that still needs to be completed. Included in the information packet will also be a listing of the courses for which you will be registered upon return of the necessary information as outlined in the packet.

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4.  How do I access the Registrar's Website?

The Office of the Registrar's Website is located at http://registrar.rutgers.edu.

At the main page, choose the New Brunswick Registrar. You will have access to a number of options on this page.  One of the options is to view your Grades, Transcripts and Class Schedules. In order to view your class schedule, you will need to have your RUID# and the password for your Eden account.  Students who attended the Transfer Orientation were provided with the opportunity to setup their Eden account.

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5.  When am I able to register for my own classes?

Transfer students will be able to register for their own classes beginning with the Spring semester.  However, once students have attended the first week of classes, they will be eligible to adjust the sections of the courses for which they are registered.

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Section III:  Curriculum and Scholastic Standing Questions

1.  Do I have to follow the curriculum as it is listed in the Undergraduate Catalog?

Yes.  Students are expected to follow the program of study as outlined in the Undergraduate Catalog.  Deviations from the program need to be discussed with the Office of Academic Services because it may affect your graduation date.

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2.  Must I complete all first and second year courses before entering the third year?

Yes.  In order to enter the third year of the Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy program, students are expected to complete all first and second year courses before they enter the third year.  The reason for this is that the first two years worth of courses are foundational courses from which you will draw when you begin your professional studies.

In the same way, students will be expected to complete all third year courses before they enter the fourth year and all fourth year courses before they enter the fifth year.

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3.  What happens if I fail a course?

Depending upon the course that is failed, students may be required to repeat the course.  Click here for information regarding Scholastic Standing.

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4.  What are the progression standards at the School for students in the All-Pharm.D. Curriculum?

Students in the Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy are expected to maintain a high level of academic performance. The academic progression standards for first and second year students are:

  • First pre-professional year students must achieve a minimum 2.800 cumulative grade point average at the end of the first year and through the first term of the second year in the program.
  • Second pre-professional year students must achieve a 2.800 cumulative and professional grade point average by the end of the second year.

Thereafter, students entering the all-Pharm.D. Program are expected to maintain a minimum of a 2.500 cumulative and professional grade point average.

In addition, students in the all-Pharm.D. program who repeat courses will have both the original grade and the new grade counted in their cumulative GPA and their degree credits. The academic performance standards expected of Pharmacy students are outlined in the Pharmacy section of the New Brunswick Undergraduate Catalog http://catalogs.rutgers.edu/generated/nb-ug_current/. The Scholastic Standing Actions that may be taken based upon a student’s performance as well as the appeal process are also explained on these pages.

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Section IV: Transfer Student Orientation

Transfer students required to attend to two mandatory events that occur the week prior to the first day of class. One event is for transfer students new to the School of Pharmacy and the other is for all students starting the first professional year of the program and includes students continuing from the pre-professional years of the program as well as transfer students. All students should plan to be in town and available August 25-31, 2015. Exact dates will be posted here in May.