Why UA?

Better science. Better health. At the University of Arizona College of Pharmacy, we are contributing to science and advancing health through our world-class scientists, educators and our alumni.

Home of Top-Ranked Pharmacy and Pharmacology Programs

America's Best Graduate Schools, compiled by U.S. News & World Report, has listed UA's PharmD 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 is 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. 
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Embracing Interprofessional Education, Training and Research

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. Further, our faculty excels at creating and participating in collaborative research programs that bring together scientists from across campus and from other institutions.

More Than 600 Clinical Sites Across Arizona

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 soon-to-be-completed Health Sciences Innovation Building in Tucson provide exceptional interdisciplinary and interprofessional education and simulation opportunities.

Two Locations: Tucson and Phoenix

For years students have told us they really like living in Tucson, the home campus for the University of Arizona. They love the sunny weather, especially the mild winters. 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 - the sixth largest in the nation? Some UA PharmD students may elect 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 Success Stories

Our graduates-nearly 4,000 and counting- go on to significant careers in pharmacy, pharmacy education, business, industry, academia and research. 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.

From 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."

"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."

From Graduate 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 are internships, workshops and other activities for professional development."

"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."

*AACP/ACPE graduating student survey 2016