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Pharmacy college hopefuls to tour school

– The first alumni-to-be of Manchester University’s new College of Pharmacy will lead tours today for students who are hoping to enroll in the school this fall.

The $20 million, 80,000-square-foot building on Diebold Road near Parkview Regional Medical Center opened in August.

The first class of about 70 students will finish their first year on May 10.

More than 750 prospective students have applied for the four-year doctor of pharmacy program, Associate Dean Whitney Caudill said.

The next class of about 75 students will be finalized after today’s events and then the school will begin compiling a waiting list, Caudill said.

About 40 students from 15 states will rotate through interviews with faculty, giving writing samples, hearing presentations, touring the campus and getting fitted for the ceremonial white coats, she said.

“We’ve increased our numbers since last year, but it is about what we had planned for,” Caudill said.

Five of the new students finished their primary undergraduate work in Fort Wayne – three from Manchester University and two from the University of Saint Francis, Caudill said.

Officials chose the 11-acre site on Diebold Road because of its proximity to Parkview Regional Medical Center and other area hospitals.

The building has a capacity of 280 students.

And university officials say it has enough space to house other degree programs.

The school employs 32 people including 24 faculty members, the dean, three associate deans and eight staff members.