When you’re just starting your pharmacy journey, you want to make sure that you get a high-quality education. After all, you’ll probably end up taking out a boatload of student loans and still be paying for your degree well into your professional career.
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:
Rank School Name Location Score
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 ​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, ​San Diego Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences La Jolla, CA 3.5
24 (tie) University of Colorado ​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.