U.S News & World Report has been ranking educational institutions for years, and it last ranked pharmacy schools in 2012.
Schools are ranked based on the results of peer assessment surveys sent to deans, administrators, and faculty at accredited pharmacy schools. Each school is rated from 1 (marginal) to 5 (outstanding) on the quality of its pharmacy program.
Without further ado, here are the latest pharmacy program rankings from U.S News & World Report:
|1||University of California, San Francisco School of Pharmacy||San Francisco, CA||4.6|
|2||University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Eshelman School of Pharmacy||Chapel Hill, NC||4.5|
|3||University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy||Minneapolis, MN||4.4|
|4||University of Texas at Austin||Austin, TX||4.3|
|5 (tie)||University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy||Lexington, KY||4.2|
|5 (tie)||University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Pharmacy||Madison, WI||4.2|
|7 (tie)||The Ohio State University College of Pharmacy||Columbus, OH||4.1|
|7 (tie)||Purdue University College of Pharmacy||West Lafayette, IN||4.1|
|10 (tie)||University of Arizona College of Pharmacy||Tucson, AZ||4.0|
|10 (tie)||University of Southern California School of Pharmacy||Los Angeles, CA||4.0|
|10 (tie)||University of Utah College of Pharmacy||Salt Lake City, UT||4.0|
|14 (tie)||University of Florida College of Pharmacy||Gainesville, FL||3.9|
|14 (tie)||University of Illinois at â€‹Chicago College of Pharmacy||Chicago, IL||3.9|
|14 (tie)||University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy||Pittsburgh, PA||3.9|
|17 (tie)||University at Buffalo School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences||Buffalo, NY||3.8|
|17 (tie)||University of Iowa College of Pharmacy||Iowa City, IA||3.8|
|17 (tie)||University of Maryland School of Pharmacy at Baltimore||Baltimore, MD||3.8|
|17 (tie)||University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Pharmacy||Memphis, TN||3.8|
|21 (tie)||University of Kansas School of Pharmacy||Lawrence, KS||3.7|
|21 (tie)||Virginia Commonwealth University School of Pharmacy||Richmond, VA||3.7|
|23||University of California, â€‹San Diego Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences||La Jolla, CA||3.5|
|24 (tie)||University of Colorado â€‹Denver School of Pharmacy||Aurora, CO||3.4|
|24 (tie)||University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy||University, MS||3.4|
|26 (tie)||Auburn University Harrison School of Pharmacy||Auburn, AL||3.3|
|26 (tie)||Medical University of South Carolina||Charleston, SC||3.3|
|26 (tie)||Rutgers University Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy||Piscataway, NJ||3.3|
|26 (tie)||University of Connecticut School of Pharmacy||Storrs, CT||3.3|
|26 (tie)||University of Georgia College of Pharmacy||Athens, GA||3.3|
|26 (tie)||West Virginia University School of Pharmacy||Morgantown, WV||3.3|
If your school appears on this list, that’s great! However, attending a school that isn’t listed here is not necessarily cause for alarm.
In my next blog post, I will discuss whether pharmacy school rankings really matter when it comes to your future career as a pharmacist.
Alex Barker, PharmD
Alex Barker is the founder of The Happy PharmD, which helps pharmacists create an inspiring career, break free from the mundane "pill-flipping" life. He is a Full-time Pharmacist, Media Company founder, franchise owner, Business Coach, Speaker, and Author. He's also the Founder of Pharmacy School HQ, which helps students get into pharmacy school and become residents.