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2021 Best Pharmacy/Pharmaceutical Sciences Schools

164 Colleges
$103,354 Avg Salary
$116,700 Avg Student Debt

Finding the Best Pharmacy/Pharmaceutical Sciences School for You

In 2018-2019, 19,767 people earned a degree or certificate in pharmacy/pharmaceutical sciences, making the major the #12 most popular in the United States.

When it comes to higher education, there are a lot of options for healthcare students. You can choose a traditional brick and mortar school, or with the growth of online education, you can attend a school half-way across the country without even leaving your house. Also there are many trade schools that offer short-term programs that open up more career options.

To assist you in seeing some of the education options that are available to you, Healthcare Degree Search has created its Best Pharmacy/Pharmaceutical Sciences Schools ranking. Our analysis looked at 164 schools in the United States to see which programs offered the best educational experiences for healthcare students.

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2021 Best Pharmacy/Pharmaceutical Sciences Schools in the United States

Check out the pharmacy programs at these schools if you want to get the best education that money can buy.

Top 15% Best Pharmacy/Pharmaceutical Sciences Schools

Our 2021 rankings named Midwestern University - Glendale the best school in the United States for pharmacy/pharmaceutical sciences students. Midwestern University - Glendale is a small private not-for-profit school located in the suburb of Glendale.

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You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center. It ranked #2 on our 2021 Best Pharmacy/Pharmaceutical Sciences Schools list. Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center is a moderately-sized public school located in the large city of Lubbock.

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A rank of #3 on this year’s list means Midwestern University - Downers Grove is a great place for pharmacy/pharmaceutical sciences students. Midwestern University - Downers Grove is a small private not-for-profit school located in the suburb of Downers Grove.

While working on their degree, pharmacy majors at Midwestern University - Downers Grove accumulate an average of around $217,728 in student debt. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $2,537.

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Out of the 150 schools in the United States that were part of this year’s ranking, Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine landed the # 4 spot on the list. Located in the small city of Erie, LECOM is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population.

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A rank of #5 on this year’s list means West Coast University-Center for Graduate Studies is a great place for pharmacy/pharmaceutical sciences students. West Coast University-Center for Graduate Studies is a fairly small private for-profit school located in the large city of Los Angeles.

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Northeast Ohio Medical University landed the #6 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best pharmacy/pharmaceutical sciences programs. Located in the suburb of Rootstown, NEOMED is a public school with a fairly small student population.

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University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences landed the #7 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best pharmacy/pharmaceutical sciences programs. Located in the midsize city of Little Rock, UAMS is a public college with a small student population.

While working on their degree, pharmacy majors at UAMS accumulate an average of around $111,000 in student debt. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $1,293, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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With a ranking of #8, Texas A&M University - College Station did quite well on this year’s best schools for pharmacy/pharmaceutical sciences students. Located in the midsize city of College Station, Texas A&M is a public college with a very large student population.

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Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences came in at #9 in this year’s edition of the Best Pharmacy/Pharmaceutical Sciences Schools ranking. Located in the small city of Albany, Albany College of Pharmacy is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population.

On average, pharmacy graduates from Albany College of Pharmacy take out $46,500 in student loans while working on their degree. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $524, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#10

Creighton University

Omaha, NE

With a ranking of #10, Creighton University did quite well on this year’s best schools for pharmacy/pharmaceutical sciences students. Creighton is a medium-sized private not-for-profit school located in the city of Omaha.

Pharmacy majors at Creighton take out an average of $185,565 in student loans while working on their egree. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $2,162.

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Northeastern University Professional Advancement Network ranked #11 on this year’s Best Pharmacy/Pharmaceutical Sciences Schools list. Located in the city of Boston, Northeastern University Professional Advancement Network is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly large student population.

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With a ranking of #12, Roseman University of Health Sciences did quite well on this year’s best schools for pharmacy/pharmaceutical sciences students. Southern Nevada Educational Services Roseman University of Health Sciences is a small private not-for-profit school located in the city of Henderson.

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#13

Auburn University

Auburn, AL

Auburn University landed the #13 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best pharmacy/pharmaceutical sciences programs. Located in the small city of Auburn, Auburn is a public school with a very large student population.

On average, pharmacy graduates from Auburn take out $138,019 in student loans while working on their degree. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $1,608.

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#14

Shenandoah University

Winchester, VA

Shenandoah University ranked #14 on this year’s Best Pharmacy/Pharmaceutical Sciences Schools list. Located in the small city of Winchester, Shenandoah is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population.

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#15

University of the Pacific

Stockton, CA

University of the Pacific did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best schools for pharmacy/pharmaceutical sciences students. It came in at #15 on the list. Located in the city of Stockton, Pacific is a private not-for-profit school with a moderately-sized student population.

The average amount in student loans that pharmacy majors at Pacific take out is $215,196. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $2,507.

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#16

Tufts University

Medford, MA

With a ranking of #16, Tufts University did quite well on this year’s best schools for pharmacy/pharmaceutical sciences students. Located in the suburb of Medford, Tufts is a private not-for-profit school with a large student population.

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University of Maryland - Baltimore came in at #17 in this year’s edition of the Best Pharmacy/Pharmaceutical Sciences Schools ranking. University of Maryland - Baltimore is a moderately-sized public school located in the city of Baltimore.

Pharmacy majors at University of Maryland - Baltimore take out an average of $82,072 in student loans while working on their egree. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $956.

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University of Nebraska Medical Center did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best schools for pharmacy/pharmaceutical sciences students. It came in at #18 on the list. UNMC is a small public school located in the city of Omaha.

While working on their degree, pharmacy majors at UNMC accumulate an average of around $121,149 in student debt. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $1,412.

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#19

University of Georgia

Athens, GA

University of Georgia did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best schools for pharmacy/pharmaceutical sciences students. It came in at #19 on the list. Located in the city of Athens, UGA is a public college with a very large student population.

On average, pharmacy graduates from UGA take out $116,294 in student loans while working on their degree. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $1,355.

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With a ranking of #20, Medical University of South Carolina did quite well on this year’s best schools for pharmacy/pharmaceutical sciences students. Located in the city of Charleston, MUSC is a public school with a small student population.

While working on their degree, pharmacy majors at MUSC accumulate an average of around $148,737 in student debt. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $1,733.

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North Dakota State University - Main Campus ranked #21 on this year’s Best Pharmacy/Pharmaceutical Sciences Schools list. Located in the medium-sized city of Fargo, North Dakota State University is a public school with a large student population.

While working on their degree, pharmacy majors at North Dakota State University accumulate an average of around $44,455 in student debt. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $502.

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#22

University of Kansas

Lawrence, KS

University of Kansas did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best schools for pharmacy/pharmaceutical sciences students. It came in at #22 on the list. Located in the city of Lawrence, KU is a public college with a fairly large student population.

Pharmacy majors at KU take out an average of $40,813 in student loans while working on their egree. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $466.

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Honorable Mentions

These are some additional schools worth mentioning that are also great but just didn't quite make the cut to earn our top Best Pharmacy/Pharmaceutical Sciences Schools award.

Rank College Location
23 University of Southern California Los Angeles, CA
24 Western University of Health Sciences Pomona, CA
25 University of Oklahoma - Health Sciences Center Oklahoma City, OK
26 The University of Findlay Findlay, OH
27 Purdue University - Main Campus West Lafayette, IN
28 University of Louisiana at Monroe Monroe, LA
29 Loma Linda University Loma Linda, CA
30 St. John Fisher College Rochester, NY

Pharmacy/Pharmaceutical Sciences by Region

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Region
Southeast
New England
Rocky Mountains
Plains States
Middle Atlantic
Far Western US
Southwest
Great Lakes

Pharmacy/Pharmaceutical Sciences is one of 34 different types of healthcare programs to choose from.

Pharmacy Concentrations

Major Annual Graduates
Pharmacy 15,993
Pharmaceutical Sciences 1,409
Other Pharmacy, Pharmaceutical Sciences, and Administration 906
Pharmaceutics and Drug Design 500
Pharmacy Administration and Pharmacy Policy and Regulatory Affairs 320
Medicinal and Pharmaceutical Chemistry 179
Clinical and Industrial Drug Development 169
Pharmaceutical Marketing and Management 89
Pharmacoeconomics/Pharmaceutical Economics 88
Industrial and Physical Pharmacy and Cosmetic Sciences 83
Clinical, Hospital, and Managed Care Pharmacy 21
Natural Products Chemistry and Pharmacognosy 10

Related Major Annual Graduates
Nursing 305,309
Allied Health & Medical Assisting Services 99,641
Practical Nursing & Nursing Assistants 93,192
Allied Health Professions 86,697
Health & Medical Administrative Services 82,868

Notes and References

*These averages are for the top 25 schools only.

  • Read more about our ranking methodology.
  • The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), a branch of the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) serves as the core of the rest of our data about colleges.
  • Some other college data, including much of the graduate earnings data, comes from the U.S. Department of Education’s (College Scorecard).
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