Med Career News has discussed the benefits of becoming a pharmacist, and designed a quiz to see if it would be a good fit for your experience, talents and personality. Now we’ll take a look at some of the top pharmacy schools in the US.
By becoming a pharmacist you’ll have the opportunity to earn a high salary with great hours and almost guaranteed job placement. There’s also terrific potential for career growth. So what’s standing in your way? Pharmacy school. You need at least a Bachelor’s degree, but more than likely a Master’s degree or a PhD, to get in the door.
Med Career News looked at several different websites’ ranking of pharmacy schools, put them all in a matrix and came up with out own list of schools to consider. To come up with best overall schools we looked at 5 to Pharmacy Schools lists: Start Class, Pharmacy Technician review, Study, U.S. News & World Reports, and Graduate Programs. There was a great deal of overlap between the lists, which gave us our opportunity to find the best of the best.
The only list which didn’t line up as well was the Insider Monkey’s List of Most Affordable Pharmacy Schools, with only three of the schools on our list overlapping: University of Texas, Austin, University of Kentucky, Lexington, and University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. If price point is your priority, check that list out.
Best of the best pharmacy schools
Happily for those considering pharmacy, schools from around the country, in cities large and small, all made the list, so there is a variety of options.
University of California at San Fransisco was ranked highly on almost all of the lists and came in at #1 on two of them. The San Fransisco campus is 255-acre and has around 3000 students,1,030 postdoctoral scholars, and 1,620 residents consisting of physicians, dentists, and pharmacists in training.
Purdue University also did well, coming #1 on two other lists. Located in Indiana, the campus is a sprawling 2,552 acres and is home to 37,500 students enrolled in more than 270 programs.
University of Minnesota was consistently in the top 10. The school has five campuses (Twin Cities, Crookston, Duluth, Morris, and Rochester) and it offers more than 180 programs at the Twin Cities (Minneapolis-St. Paul) campus alone.
Ohio State University has a 1,700 acre campus and has more than 55,000 students, making it one country’s largest universities. Its located in the capital of the state, Columbus.
University of Wisconsin, Madison sits on 936 acres, and is home to more than 42,000 students enrolled in 157 undergraduate majors, 150 Master’s programs, and 108 Doctoral programs. Also birthplace of the Onion.
University of Illinois, Chicago is a public research university, which sits on 240+ acres and has around 27,500 students enrolled in more than 240 degree programs. Here you’d get to enjoy life in the big city while getting your education.
University of Kentucky, Lexington is one of the smaller towns on the list, UK is home to 28,094 students. The University of Kentucky offers more than 250 programs across 18 colleges and schools.
University of Arizona, Tucson sits on a 387-acre campus and is home to 38,057 students. If you like hot, this might be the place for you.
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill is a small college town that has the benefit of being a part of the Raleigh and Durham Research triangle. It was lower on some of the other lists, but ranked #1 by students. UNC has 28,000 students, enrolled in 76 Bachelor’s, 108 Master’s, 74 Doctorate, and four Professional degree programs.
University of Texas, Austin is known for its South by Southwest Festival, but you may not know that UT Austin is the largest school in the University of Texas system and one of the largest public universities in the U.S. with more than 50,000 students. It’s also one of the more affordable options.
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor is one of three campuses of U of Michigan, Ann Arbor sits on roughly 31,000 acres and is one of the more affordable pharmacy schools. Even though it wasn’t as high as other, it did make all five of the lists but pack your woolies!
Top picks by graduate students that didn’t make the other lists were the smaller Butler and Mercer Universities.
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Lindsey McCoy MPA, is an Executive Medical Recruiter and former CEO in the not for profit sector.