50 Best Pharmacy Schools Ranked in 2016

MARCH 17, 2016
Meghan Ross, Senior Associate Editor
Where does your pharmacy school or alma mater rank among others?

US News & World Report just released its 2016 rankings of the best pharmacy schools in the nation.

Schools were ranked on a scale from 1 (marginal) to 5 (outstanding) based on peer assessment surveys distributed to deans, administrators, and faculty at accredited schools. These surveys were conducted in fall 2015 for the 2016 rankings.

US News & World Report surveyed 125 Doctor of Pharmacy programs accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education, and the response rate was 40%.

Here are the 50 best pharmacy schools in the country, alongside their location and score:
 
Rank School Location Score
1 University of North Carolina—Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC 4.7
2 University of Minnesota
 
Minneapolis, MN 4.5
3 (Tie) University of California—San Francisco San Francisco, CA 4.4
3 (Tie) University of Michigan—Ann Arbor Ann Arbor, MI 4.4
3 (Tie) University of Texas—Austin Austin, TX 4.4
6 (Tie) Ohio State University Columbus, OH 4.2
6 (Tie) University of Illinois—Chicago Chicago, IL 4.2
6 (Tie) University of Kentucky Lexington, KY 4.2
9 (Tie) Purdue University West Lafayette, IN 4.1
9 (Tie) University of Florida Gainesville, FL 4.1
9 (Tie) University of Maryland—Baltimore
 
Baltimore, MD 4.1
9 (Tie) University of Pittsburgh Pittsburgh, PA 4.1
9 (Tie) University of Southern California Los Angeles, CA 4.1
9 (Tie) University of Washington Seattle, WA 4.1
9 (Tie) University of Wisconsin—Madison Madison, WI 4.1
16 University of Arizona
 
Tucson, AZ 4.0
17 (Tie) University of Iowa Iowa City, IA 3.9
17 (Tie) University of Tennessee Health Science Center Memphis, TN 3.9
17 (Tie) University of Utah Salt Lake City, UT 3.9
17 (Tie) Virginia Commonwealth University Richmond, VA 3.9
21 University of Kansas
 
Lawrence, KS 3.8
22 University at Buffalo—SUNY Buffalo, NY 3.7
22 University of Colorado—Denver Aurora, CO 3.7
24 University of Mississippi University, MS 3.6
25 (Tie) Auburn University (Harrison) Auburn, AL 3.5
25 (Tie) University of California—San Diego La Jolla, CA 3.5
25 (Tie) University of Georgia Athens, GA 3.5
25 (Tie) University of Nebraska Medical Center
 
Omaha, NE 3.5
25 (Tie) University of Oklahoma Oklahoma City, OK 3.5
30 (Tie) Medical University of South Carolina Charleston, SC 3.4
30 (Tie) Rutgers University—Piscataway (Mario) Piscataway, NJ 3.4
30 (Tie) University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Little Rock, AR 3.4
33 (Tie) Northeastern University Boston, MA 3.3
33 (Tie) University of Cincinnati Cincinnati, OH 3.3
33 (Tie) University of Connecticut Storrs, CT 3.3
36 (Tie) Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center Amarillo, TX 3.2
36 (Tie) University of Missouri—Kansas City
 
Kansas City, MO 3.2
36 (Tie) Wayne State University (Applebaum) Detroit, MI 3.2
36 (Tie) West Virginia University
 
Morgantown, WV 3.2
40 (Tie) Creighton University Omaha, NE 3.1
40 (Tie) Oregon State University Corvallis, OR 3.1
40 (Tie) University of the Sciences—Philadelphia College of Pharmacy & Science Philadelphia, PA 3.1
40 (Tie) Washington State University Spokane, WA 3.1
44 (Tie) St. Louis College of Pharmacy St. Louis, MO 3.0
44 (Tie) University of Houston Houston, TX 3.0
44 (Tie) University of New Mexico Albuquerque, NM 3.0
47 (Tie) Butler University Indianapolis, IN 2.9
47 (Tie) Drake University Des Moines, IA 2.9
47 (Tie) Duquesne University (Mylan) Pittsburgh, PA 2.9
47 (Tie) Mercer University Atlanta, GA 2.9
 
Want another way to examine the best pharmacy schools? Here are the top 5 US pharmacy schools based on North American Pharmacist Licensure Examination passing rates.

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