Welcome to New Student Orientation

Dear New UT Student Pharmacists:

It is my pleasure to welcome you as new P1 student pharmacists and as members of our Longhorn pharmacy family.  You were chosen for admission to The University of Texas at Austin College of Pharmacy because you are among the best.  You have proven that you can achieve academically, and you have excelled in a variety of nonacademic endeavors that are indicators of your future success.  We are both pleased and proud that you have chosen UT to pursue your pharmacy education.

You are entering as student pharmacists in one of the truly premier colleges of pharmacy.  We are recognized for our outstanding faculty, for exemplary pharmacy education, for cutting edge research, for exceptional post-Pharm.D. residency programs, and for service to the profession and the community.  Your faculty are in the process of integrating new teaching and learning methodologies into their classes; learning methods that have been shown to help students achieve.  Most important for you, we are known for graduating exceptional pharmacists!

You are entering a rigorous academic program.  Over the next four years, you will be expected to successfully complete demanding courses in the biomedical and pharmaceutical sciences, integrated pharmacotherapy modules, and the social, management, and economic sciences.  You will be expected to solve patient care problems that address patients' medication management needs.  You will learn how to effectively communicate with patients and other health care professionals.  You will develop fundamental patient care skills such as patient assessment, and you will complete certifications in CPR, immunizations, IV admixtures, and medication therapy management.  During each year you will complete important practice based learning experiences that will assist you in developing problem solving and patient care skills.  These will culminate in a 42 week sequence of P4 rotations during which you will be expected to demonstrate your competence in performing pharmacist skills.

You are entering an exciting profession – one that has a myriad of career opportunities.  It is critical that beginning with your first semester that you begin developing a unique set of skills and experiences that will differentiate you from other pharmacy graduates.  We will provide you with the opportunities, but it is your responsibility to develop yourself professionally.  Your personal professional development is important regardless of the career path that you decide to pursue.  You must begin that development today.

We are here to assist you in any manner that we can.  I wish you the best as you pursue your pharmacy education at The University of Texas College of Pharmacy.  Approach each day with vigor and a positive attitude  Work hard, become actively involved, and remember…

"What starts here changes the world!"


M. Lynn Crismon, Pharm.D.


James T. Doluisio Regents Chair and Behrens Centennial Professor of Pharmacy

Last Reviewed: April 30, 2015

College Information

Mailing Address:
College of Pharmacy
The University of Texas
at Austin
2409 University Ave.
Stop A1900
Austin, TX, USA

Email Address: pharmacy


National Ranking

The University of Texas at Austin College of Pharmacy is recognized nationally as one of the elite pharmacy programs for education and research.  The most recent ranking by U.S. News and World Report places the UT College of Pharmacy program among the top four of the more than 100 pharmacy programs in the country.

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