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?

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

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