College of Pharmacy Facts

Pharmacy building from east side

The UA College of Pharmacy was founded in 1947. Pharmacy was the first health profession to be represented at the University of Arizona in Tucson.

Our College of Pharmacy is regarded as one of the premier colleges of pharmacy in the nation, as reported in a variety of rankings and measurements:

  • Ranked within the top 16 nationally in America's Best Graduate Schools published by U.S. News and World Report. The college has placed in the 16th slot or above since the publication started ranking colleges of pharmacy.
  • Ranked among the top third of colleges of pharmacy in terms of external funding for research, including funding from the National Institutes of Health. For a list of grants awarded this year, use the federal grants search tool on the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy website.
  • Grants from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), a division of the National Institutes of Health, establish the college as a leader in toxicology research and training.

The college is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education. It was last reviewed in 2016. (Click here for ACPE contact information).

The college is the only college of pharmacy at an Arizona public university and one of two colleges of pharmacy in the state.

The College of Pharmacy is the home of the first poison control center in Arizona, the Arizona Poison and Drug Information Center, and to one of the first centers in the world devoted to the study of pharmacoeconomics, the Center for Health Outcomes and PharmacoEconomics Research.

The college also is home to the History of Pharmacy Museum, a collection of artifacts and furnishings from drugstores of the Southwest, circa 1880 to 1950.

The college offers a professional program, the doctor of pharmacy (PharmD) degree which prepares pharmacists, and master's of science and PhD programs in the pharmaceutical sciences and in pharmacology and toxicology.

View the 2017 State of the College address. 

Student Data

Students (Fall 2016 data)



428 students

MS & PhD

 51 students

For more academic and demographic information, see Class Statistics.

More about the College of Pharmacy
The handout Fast Facts about the College of Pharmacy is available in pdf form.

Photo caption: The first College of Pharmacy building on the Arizona Health Sciences Campus opened in 1982. It is also called the Skaggs Pharmaceutical Sciences Center.

Originally posted: August 29, 2013
Last updated: December 4, 2017
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