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Summer High School Program Students Accepted to St. Louis College of Pharmacy

Published on 19 July 2013

For the first time, graduates of the BESt Pharmacy Summer Institute have been conditionally accepted to attend St. Louis College of Pharmacy. The 12 graduates are entering their senior year in high school; they will be invited to attend the College in the fall of 2014 provided they meet College admissions standards. A graduation ceremony for all students participating in BESt this summer was held at the College on Friday.

BESt is a joint effort by the College, Barnes-Jewish Hospital, and Express Scripts.

Students completed the six-week summer enrichment program, which focused on preparing talented minority students for future careers in pharmacy and other health care professions. There are three levels, with separate coursework for students entering their sophomore, junior, and senior years of high school. All students gained exposure to pharmacy and learned what it takes to succeed in college. Some of the graduates have attended BESt for three years.

The program co-directors are Isaac Butler, Pharm.D., MBA, of Express Scripts and Steven Player, Pharm.D., MBA, of Barnes-Jewish Hospital. The College’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion, along with several staff, faculty members, and students, helped facilitate classroom learning and field trips. Several former BESt students are currently attending the College.

The application process for next year’s BESt Summer Institute will begin in January.

About St. Louis College of Pharmacy: For more than 150 years, St. Louis College of Pharmacy has been committed to educating the best pharmacists in the United States. The region’s only independent college of pharmacy, St. Louis College of Pharmacy is the third oldest continuously operating and 10th largest college of pharmacy in America. The student body is comprised of 1,400 students, 40 percent of which are minority or multicultural. The students come to the College from 31 states and 10 countries. The College admits students directly from high school and accepts transfer students and graduates from other colleges and universities in the sophomore and junior years of the undergraduate program and the first year of the professional program. Students earn a Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) with an integrated Bachelor of Science degree in a seven-year curriculum. An education at the College opens up the world to graduates for a career in a wide range of practice settings. Graduates have a 100 percent job placement rate. The campus is transforming to better fit the needs of students, faculty, and staff. This summer, a new six-story, 213,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art academic and research building opened. Construction is underway for a seven-story student center, residence hall, and recreation facility scheduled for completion in December 2016. When not in class, students can participate in more than 60 organizations, fraternities, intramurals, and sports. The College competes in 12 NAIA Division I sports. College alumni practice throughout the nation and in 13 different countries, providing a strong network to assist students with their goals. Additional information is available at