U.S. News & World Report ranked the top pharmacy colleges in the United States in 2008 considering, among other things, strength of curriculum, selectivity of admissions, scholarly productivity of faculty and research grants. The prestigious journal Annals of Pharmacotherapy also offered rankings in 2002. The following schools offer excellence in a diverse range of criteria.
University of California, San Francisco
This program was ranked No. 1 by both U.S. News and Annals of Pharmacotherapy, and is highly competitive. The UCSF School of Pharmacy has about 850 students combined in Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) and Ph.D. programs, and has received more National Institutes of Health (NIH) research funding than any other school every year since 1979. In the PharmD program, students can elect to pursue concurrent graduate degrees in the areas of public health or clinical research.
School of Pharmacy Office of Student & Curricular Affairs University of California, San Francisco 513 Parnassus Avenue UCSF Box 0150, Room S-960 San Francisco, CA 94143 415-476-2732 pharmacy.ucsf.edu
University of Texas-Austin
The University of Texas-Austin also claims a prestigious and selective college of pharmacy and was ranked second by U.S. News and third by Annals of Pharmacotherapy. In 2009, only 35% of applicants were granted admission. The UT College of Pharmacy has a robust research component and offers both PharmD and Ph.D. programs, with an honors track available in the PharmD curriculum.
College of Pharmacy University of Texas at Austin 1 University Station A1900 Austin, TX 78712 512-471-1737 utexas.edu/pharmacy
Ohio State University
The College of Pharmacy at Ohio State University, ranked fourth by Annals of Pharmacotherapy, has the most diversified degree offerings of the schools detailed here. Besides the typical PharmD and Ph.D. programs, OSU has several combined degree tracks that allow students to study pharmacy with an emphasis in areas like medicinal chemistry and pharmacy administration. The school's faculty is well-published and has a major commitment in the area of research.
College of Pharmacy The Ohio State University 217 Parks Hall 500 West 12th Avenue Columbus, OH 43210 614-292-2266 pharmacy.ohio-state.edu
Dana Hall McCain is a freelance writer based in Dothan, Ala., and is a a regular contributor to numerous regional publications. She writes features and columns on a variety of topics, including the outdoors, faith and health/wellness. She received a Bachelor of Arts from Auburn University in public relations/communication in 1995.