Programs and Eligibility

Educating, training and preparing talented multicultural high school students for a career in pharmacy.

Sample Schedules

Overview schedules of BESt I, BESt II and BESt III are provided below. Please note, these are representative schedules and actual 2016 BESt I, BESt II and BESt III program schedules may vary from these samples.

BESt I Sample Schedule
BESt II Sample Schedule
BESt III Sample Schedule

BESt I, II and III Eligibility RequirementsStudents in the BESt Program

  • Full-time, under-represented minority* freshman (BESt I), sophomore (BESt II), or junior (BESt III) student.
  • High school students who have completed their freshman, sophomore or junior year in the St. Louis region which includes St. Louis City, St. Louis County, St. Charles County, Madison County, and St. Clair county.
  • Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher based on a 4.0 scale.
  • High potential students participating in at least one extra-curricular activity or organization.

Student Obligations and Expectations

  • Abide by all rules and regulations outlined in the program’s code of conduct.
  • Act professionally at all times as defined by the program’s code of conduct.
  • Be present and on time every day, unless officially excused in accordance with the program’s absenteeism policy.
  • Work diligently and participate fully in the curriculum.
  • Complete all assignments on time.

Any violations of said policy may lead to participant’s immediate dismissal from the program and ineligibility to receive any course credit or stipend.

Additional Requirements: BESt II APPLICANTS (Only High School Sophomores)

BESt II applicants are required to take the reading and writing portion of the COMPASS Placement Test at St. Louis Community College-Forest Park. The math portion of the Compass Placement Test is not required. All BESt II applicants should have COMPASS Placement Test scores available when completing the BESt online application form. All current high school sophomores must submit an application to St. Louis Community College-Forest Park at least 1 hour prior to taking the COMPASS Placement Test.

If you have any questions about the St. Louis Community College-Forest Park application or the COMPASS Placement Test, please contact Deborah Logan at 314.644.9101 or dlogan@stlcc.edu

Students in the BESt ProgramAdditional Requirements: BESt III (Rising Seniors)

All BESt III Applicants should:

  • Apply to St. Louis Community College-Forest Park
  • Successfully take the COMPASS Placement Test, or meet ACT or SAT requirements as defined by St. Louis Community College-Forest Park.
  • The student can waive the exam if they have an ACT score earned within the last three years.
    • Reading score of 18 or above to waive the Compass reading test
    • English score of 18 or above to waive the Compass writing test
    • Math score of 22 or above to waive the Compass math test

BESt III Application Instructions for taking the COMPASS Placement Test at St. Louis Community College-Forest Park:

  • Applying BESt III students should bring a copy of their dual enrollment application signed by their High School counselor and a copy of their partial High School transcripts to St. Louis Community College-Forest Park Admissions Department prior to or on the day of their COMPASS Placement Test.
  • Applying BESt III students should notify the St. Louis Community College-Forest Park test administrators that they are applying BESt III students, thereby prompting the admissions or testing staff to route them through the COMPASS Placement Test and admission process unique for BESt III applicants.
  • Submit COMPASS Placement Test results along with all other application data required for admission into the BESt III program.

Please contact Deborah Logan, Coordinator/Enrollment Management at St. Louis Community College-Forest Park with any questions regarding the COMPASS placement testing process at 314.644.9101 or dlogan@stlcc.edu.

The COMPASS Placement Test is administered at multiple times during the week. Consult the COMPASS Placement Test page for the latest times and locations.

*American Indians or Alaska Natives, Blacks or African Americans, Hispanics or Latinos, Native Hawaiians or Other Pacific Islanders

CompensationStudents in the BESt Program

BESt I, II, and III students have the opportunity to earn a cash stipend of $600, $900, and $1,200 respectively. All cash stipends are based upon academic success, professionalism including attitude and behavior, full participation in all classes and compliance to the code of conduct guidelines. Students that do not meet program expectations will have their stipend decreased or revoked based upon the severity of the violation.