5 Reasons To Choose Us

graduate in robes jumping high in airThanks for visiting the University of Arizona College of Pharmacy! Here are reasons our current students give for selecting us as their alma mater. Bet you'll find at least five that matter to you!

Top-ranked program

America's Best Graduate Schools, compiled by U.S. News & World Report, has listed UA's pharmacy program at number 16 or above for more than 20 years. We also are in the top third of U.S. pharmacy schools for the amount of external research funding received.

World-renowned faculty

Our faculty are recognized across the country and internationally for their scholarship in their disciplines and leadership in their professions. Our leaders are also elected leaders of the American Pharmacists Association, the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy, the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists, the Society of Toxicology and many other organizations. Browse our directory for more information on individual faculty.

UA health sciences campus

Our college is part of two health sciences campuses in Tucson and Phoenix that include colleges of medicine, nursing and public health. This gives our students opportunities to train and learn with faculty and students in other health disciplines, which leads us to another reason...

Interprofessional education programs

Learning with other health professionals is not coincidental here. The health sciences campuses have a center that oversees interprofessional education to enhance learning for future pharmacists, doctors, nurses, physical therapists, social workers and others.

Nearly 93 percent of  new graduate respondents to a recent survey* said if they were starting their education over, they would chose UA College of Pharmacy again!

High quality training sites

The sites where our students complete learning rotations are among the best in Arizona and the country. The Health Sciences Education Building in Phoenix and the Health Sciences Innovation Building in Tucson provide exceptional interdisciplinary and interprofessional education and simulation opportunities.

Interdisciplinary programs and research

We're not just into learning from and with other health professionals. Our faculty excel at creating and participating in collaborative research programs that bring together scientists from across campus and from other institutions. There are also interdisciplinary courses open to our students.

Tucson and Phoenix

Yep, for years students have told us they really like living in Tucson, home base for the University of Arizona. They love the sunny weather, especially the mild winters ("best weather in the country"). They like the many recreational and cultural activities at the university and in the city; they describe Tucson as "multicultural," "friendly" and "safe." Many also find it less expensive than other regions.

Prefer a busy metropolis? Some UA PharmD students may select to take all their classes at our Phoenix Biomedical Campus. Folks who thrive in the rush of a big city and come alive amid the wealth of cultural, educational and sporting activities that mark a major population center will find Phoenix an appealing option (even if the average temperature there is slightly higher in the summer).

Alumni successes

Our graduates go on to significant careers in pharmacy, pharmacy education, business, industry, academia and research. To learn more about them, see our alumni stories here and in the graduate tracks section.

Almost 98 percent of respondents to a survey of 2016 graduates* said they were prepared to enter pharmacy practice.

Persuaded yet? Here are a few more thoughts from students.

happy grads leaving buildingFrom PharmD students
  • The college supports nine professional organizations and three professional fraternities for PharmD students. You can quickly find organizations that match your interests. You can sample and choose those with which you want to make lifelong affiliations. And there are almost boundless leadership opportunities.
  • Not only are our student organizations high in quantity, they are high in quality.  It is pretty ordinary for our chapters to be recognized as extraordinary. For example, our International Pharmaceutical Students' Federation has received an Outstanding Activity Award several times.
  • There are many opportunities, as well, for community outreach through health fairs, medication reviews and other events. These experiences bring students closer to patients and are an important supplement to classroom education.
  • Students conduct research as part of their senior project and quality improvement project, enhancing their skills in these areas. New hospital facilities at both locations provide state-of-the-art training facilities.
  • Students receive partial reimbursement for attending regional, national and international professional meetings and frequently present scientific posters at these gatherings.
  • Students may receive discounts on membership fees to some student organizations. Ask about the "quad membership."
  • Faculty work closely with students to prepare them for pharmacy residency matches. Our students often do better than those of other schools in obtaining residencies. Most of our students who apply to PGY1 residency programs are successful.

grad student being hooded on stageOur student pharmacists share reasons to select UA in the video, The Place for You.

From MS and PhD students
  • "The College of Pharmacy has the most supportive and friendly mentors on campus!" There's a strong support network among students, faculty and project coordinators.
  • Students can tailor the program to their interests and needs.
  • There's a "great" campus life, with many activities and ways to get involved outside the lab.
  • Researchers have access to outstanding core facilities and personnel.
  • There are internships, workshops and other activities for professional development.

More about our college

University of Arizona College of Pharmacy’s Doctor of Pharmacy program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education, 135 South LaSalle Street, Suite 4100, Chicago, IL 60503, 312/664-3575; FAX 312/664-4652, web site www.acpe-accredit.org. The college's accreditation was re-approved in 2017.

Per ACPE guidelines, the college shares these indicators of the quality of our PharmD  program:

On-Time Graduation Rate (Class of 2016) = 95 percent

  • 99 students admitted
  • 94 graduated on time
  • 1 was academically disqualified
  • 1 withdrew
  • 3 delayed graduation

2015 NAPLEX Passing Rates (May 1-Aug. 31)

For First -Time Candidates = 95.60 percent
Nationally, the pass rate for first-time takers = 93.86 percent
UA all takers (including first-timers and repeats) = 95.65 percent pass rate.
Nationally, all takers = 92.29 percent.

GPA at PharmD graduation (Class of 2016)
3.0 or above (maximum 4.0) = 93 percent
3.5 or above = 40 percent


*AACP/ACPE graduating student survey 2016



Originally posted: October 12, 2014
Last updated: February 24, 2017
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