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2021 Most Popular Pharmacy/Pharmaceutical Sciences Schools

180 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.

The Most Popular Pharmacy/Pharmaceutical Sciences Schools ranking is one of many tools that Healthcare Degree Search has developed to help you make your educational decision. Our analysis looked at 180 schools in the United States to see which programs were the most popular for healthcare students. To create this ranking we looked at how many students graduated from the Pharmacy/Pharmaceutical Sciences program at each school on the list.

The following schools top our list of the Most Popular Pharmacy/Pharmaceutical Sciences Colleges.

Our analysis found Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences to be the most popular school for pharmacy/pharmaceutical sciences students who want to pursue a degree in the United States. Located in the city of Boston, MCPHS University is a private not-for-profit college with a medium-sized student population.

Pharmacy majors at MCPHS University take out an average of $65,764 in student loans while working on their egree. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $749, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#2

University of Florida

Gainesville, FL

A rank of #2 on this year’s list means University of Florida is a great place for pharmacy/pharmaceutical sciences students. UF is a fairly large public school located in the medium-sized city of Gainesville.

After completing their degree, pharmacy graduates from UF carry an average student debt load of $82,258. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $958.

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#3

LIU Post

Brookville, NY

You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around you if you attend LIU Post. The school came in at #3 on this year’s Most Popular Pharmacy/Pharmaceutical Sciences Schools list. LIU Post is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the suburb of Brookville.

On average, pharmacy graduates from LIU Post take out $57,650 in student loans while working on their degree. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $658, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#4

St Louis College of Pharmacy

Saint Louis, MO

A rank of #4 on this year’s list means St Louis College of Pharmacy is a great place for pharmacy/pharmaceutical sciences students. Located in the city of Saint Louis, St Louis College of Pharmacy is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population.

The average amount in student loans that pharmacy majors at St Louis College of Pharmacy take out is $97,930. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $1,141, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#5

University of the Sciences

Philadelphia, PA

Out of the 180 schools in the United States that were part of this year’s ranking, University of the Sciences landed the # 5 spot on the list. USciences is a small private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Philadelphia.

Pharmacy majors at USciences take out an average of $48,584 in student loans while working on their egree. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $549, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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With a ranking of #6, Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine did quite well on this year’s most popular schools for pharmacy/pharmaceutical sciences students. Located in the city of Erie, LECOM is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population.

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#7

University of Toledo

Toledo, OH

University of Toledo came in at #7 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular Pharmacy/Pharmaceutical Sciences Schools ranking. University of Toledo is a large public school located in the city of Toledo.

Pharmacy majors at University of Toledo take out an average of $41,500 in student loans while working on their egree. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $467.

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With a ranking of #8, Northeastern University did quite well on this year’s most popular schools for pharmacy/pharmaceutical sciences students. Located in the large city of Boston, Northeastern is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly large student population.

Pharmacy majors at Northeastern take out an average of $33,802 in student loans while working on their egree. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $394.

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St John’s University - New York came in at #9 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular Pharmacy/Pharmaceutical Sciences Schools ranking. STJ is a very large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Queens.

The average amount in student loans that pharmacy majors at STJ take out is $78,800. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $918.

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#10

University of Kansas

Lawrence, KS

University of Kansas came in at #10 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular Pharmacy/Pharmaceutical Sciences Schools ranking. Located in the city of Lawrence, KU is a public school with a very large student population.

On average, pharmacy graduates from KU take out $40,813 in student loans while working on their degree. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $466.

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#11

University of Mississippi

University, MS

University of Mississippi ranked #11 on this year’s Most Popular Pharmacy/Pharmaceutical Sciences Schools list. Located in the town of University, Ole Miss is a public school with a very large student population.

The average amount in student loans that pharmacy majors at Ole Miss take out is $80,572. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $939.

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Ohio State University - Main Campus did quite well in this year’s ranking of the most popular schools for pharmacy/pharmaceutical sciences students. It came in at #12 on the list. Ohio State is a fairly large public school located in the large city of Columbus.

Pharmacy majors at Ohio State take out an average of $78,719 in student loans while working on their egree. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $902.

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University of Southern California did quite well in this year’s ranking of the most popular schools for pharmacy/pharmaceutical sciences students. It came in at #13 on the list. Located in the large city of Los Angeles, USC is a private not-for-profit college with a very large student population.

After completing their degree, pharmacy graduates from USC carry an average student debt load of $162,014. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $1,888.

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#14

Nova Southeastern University

Fort Lauderdale, FL

Nova Southeastern University did quite well in this year’s ranking of the most popular schools for pharmacy/pharmaceutical sciences students. It came in at #14 on the list. Located in the large suburb of Fort Lauderdale, NUS Florida is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly large student population.

The average amount in student loans that pharmacy majors at NUS Florida take out is $178,774. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $2,083.

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With a ranking of #15, Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences did quite well on this year’s most popular schools for pharmacy/pharmaceutical sciences students. Located in the small city of Albany, Albany College of Pharmacy is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population.

While working on their degree, pharmacy majors at Albany College of Pharmacy accumulate an average of around $46,500 in student debt. 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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#16

Samford University

Birmingham, AL

Samford University came in at #16 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular Pharmacy/Pharmaceutical Sciences Schools ranking. Samford is a medium-sized private not-for-profit school located in the suburb of Birmingham.

After completing their degree, pharmacy graduates from Samford carry an average student debt load of $196,608. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $2,291.

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Rutgers University - New Brunswick ranked #17 on this year’s Most Popular Pharmacy/Pharmaceutical Sciences Schools list. Located in the city of New Brunswick, Rutgers New Brunswick is a public school with a very large student population.

After completing their degree, pharmacy graduates from Rutgers New Brunswick carry an average student debt load of $38,526. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $449.

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University of Pittsburgh - Pittsburgh Campus landed the #18 spot in the 2021 rankings for the most popular pharmacy/pharmaceutical sciences programs. Pitt is a fairly large public school located in the city of Pittsburgh.

On average, pharmacy graduates from Pitt take out $34,000 in student loans while working on their degree. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $379.

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#19

Temple University

Philadelphia, PA

With a ranking of #19, Temple University did quite well on this year’s most popular schools for pharmacy/pharmaceutical sciences students. Located in the large city of Philadelphia, Temple is a public school with a very large student population.

Pharmacy majors at Temple take out an average of $88,584 in student loans while working on their egree. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $1,032.

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Roseman University of Health Sciences did quite well in this year’s ranking of the most popular schools for pharmacy/pharmaceutical sciences students. It came in at #20 on the list. Roseman University of Health Sciences is a small private not-for-profit school located in the city of Henderson.

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#21

Purdue University - Main Campus

West Lafayette, IN

Purdue University - Main Campus did quite well in this year’s ranking of the most popular schools for pharmacy/pharmaceutical sciences students. It came in at #21 on the list. Purdue is a fairly large public school located in the city of West Lafayette.

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University of Wisconsin - Madison landed the #22 spot in the 2021 rankings for the most popular pharmacy/pharmaceutical sciences programs. UW - Madison is a fairly large public school located in the city of Madison.

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With a ranking of #23, University of Illinois at Chicago did quite well on this year’s most popular schools for pharmacy/pharmaceutical sciences students. Located in the large city of Chicago, UIC is a public college with a fairly large student population.

On average, pharmacy graduates from UIC take out $138,867 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 $1,618.

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With a ranking of #23, Midwestern University - Downers Grove did quite well on this year’s most popular schools for pharmacy/pharmaceutical sciences students. Midwestern University - Downers Grove is a small private not-for-profit school located in the suburb of Downers Grove.

Pharmacy majors at Midwestern University - Downers Grove take out an average of $217,728 in student loans while working on their egree. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $2,537.

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#25

University of Georgia

Athens, GA

University of Georgia ranked #25 on this year’s Most Popular Pharmacy/Pharmaceutical Sciences Schools list. Located in the midsize city of Athens, UGA is a public college with a very large student population.

While working on their degree, pharmacy majors at UGA accumulate an average of around $116,294 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 $1,355.

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#26

University of the Pacific

Stockton, CA

Honorable Mentions

Here are some additional popular schools for Pharmacy/Pharmaceutical Sciences students that almost earned our Most Popular Pharmacy/Pharmaceutical Sciences Schools award.

Rank College Location
28 The University of Tennessee - Health Science Center Memphis, TN
29 University of Louisiana at Monroe Monroe, LA
30 University of Connecticut Storrs, CT
31 University at Buffalo Buffalo, NY
32 University of Minnesota - Twin Cities Minneapolis, MN
33 Northeastern University Professional Advancement Network Boston, MA
34 Campbell University Buies Creek, NC
35 University of Rhode Island Kingston, RI
35 University of South Carolina - Columbia Columbia, SC

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.

  • 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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