An affiliation with the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) Pharmacy School in Milwaukee allows students to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree from Ripon College and a PharmD from MCW in only six years. With the 3+3 PharmD program, students will complete their major requirements and the Catalyst curriculum requirements at Ripon in three years, then attend MCW for three years. The first year of credits at MCW will transfer back to Ripon to complete the student’s bachelor’s degree.


Students may apply for admission to the 3+3 program with MCW-Pharmacy in their first or second year at Ripon College. Students must complete all Early Admission application materials and processes at MCW for admittance to the program. Students who wish to be considered for the 3+3 program must adhere to the following: 

  • Submit an Application Essay and acknowledge in writing their ability to meet the MCW School of Pharmacy Technical Standards for Admission, Promotion and Graduation
  • Participate in an early entrance interview at MCW during a student’s first or second year at Ripon and be recommended by the School of Pharmacy faculty for program admission;
  • Meet all School of Pharmacy minimum admission requirements  
  • Participate in a pre-matriculation interview (separate from the early entrance interview) 
  • Enroll full-time (12 or more hours) each semester at Ripon


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Professor of Chemistry, L. Leone Oyster 1919 Chair in Chemistry

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Assistant Professor of Biology

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Professor of Biology, Associate Dean for the Catalyst Curriculum and Assessment Coordinator, Patricia and Philip McCullough Class of 1969 Professor in Biology

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Associate Professor of Psychology

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Ripon College faculty and professional staff are dedicated to helping you reach your goals, whatever they may be and however often they may change along the way. It’s part of our value statement to you.

As a student at Ripon, you will be assigned a faculty adviser based on your area(s) of interest. You will meet with your faculty adviser throughout your time as a student to discuss your current aspirations, plan your course schedule and plot a future trajectory. We also work collaboratively with Ripon College Career and Professional Development to help match your interests and skills to concrete goals and construct a plan for professional success offering personalized career counseling, off-campus learning opportunities and an online job board with potential to connect with local, national and international employers. Our collaboration with Student Support Services provides tutoring and additional academic and skill development, as well as tools to help with note-taking, exam preparation, goal-setting and time management. Likewise, Mentors in the Franzen Center provide in-depth, one-on-one or group mentoring for students about class projects and college-level writing, and can share problem-solving strategies to overcome academic obstacles.

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Off-Campus Study

Studying off-campus, whether internationally or domestically in the United States, is an experience bound to change your view of the world. In general, full-time students in good academic standing are eligible to apply for admission to off-campus programs.

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Students will work with their Academic Advisors and members of the Health Professions Advisory Committee to make sure that they complete the Catalyst Curriculum, major, and the prerequisites within 3 years. While there is no required major, the prerequisites for MCW overlap with many of the requirements for the Biology, Chemistry and Chemistry-Biology majors.

MCW Affiliation Prerequisite Course List   Ripon Equivalencies
Prerequisite Course Requirement Course Code(s)
General Biology 2 courses BIO 121, BIO 206, BIO 210, BIO 211, BIO 216, BIO 226, BIO 227, BIO 247, BIO 259
Advanced Biology 2 courses BIO 300 (with approval of HPAC), BIO 305, BIO 314, BIO 327, BIO 328, BIO 329
General Chemistry 3 courses CHM 112, 211, CHM 422
Organic Chemistry 2 courses with lab CHM 111, 214
Statistics 1 course MTH 120, PSC 211
Math 1 course MTH 201, MTH 202
English Composition 1 course CTL 110
Public Speaking 1 course COM 214
General Education 4 courses Catalyst Courses: CTL 120, CTL 210, CTL 220, CTL 300