2017 Top Pharmacy Schools

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Doctoral pharmacy

The five schools on our list of top schools offering Doctor of Pharmacy programs were chosen based on the ratings and reviews of current and former students. Mercer University comes in first with a Student Score of 89.83 and 100% of respondents saying they would recommend the school. Mercer University's tuition is also one of the more affordable on our list, with annual tuition averaging $15,204. Texas Southern University has the lowest tuition of the schools on our list, at only $13,421 per year.

Multiple students at Mercer University mentioned the quality of the faculty in their reviews, with one student writing that the program has “very experienced faculty who are experts in their field and very student friendly.” Others talked about the student community and networking opportunities. As one student put it, “The professional network I have created is one that I am sure will help me tremendously upon graduation.” If you would like to read more reviews from pharmacy grad students, just click on the name of a school featured on the list.

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All schools on this list have at least one degree accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE).
Rank College Campus Location 2017 Student Score
#1 #1 Mercer University Campus Location Macon (GA) 2017 Student Score 89.83
#2 #2 The University of Texas at Austin Campus Location Austin (TX) 2017 Student Score 79.40
#3 #3 University of Cincinnati Campus Location Cincinnati, Batavia (OH) 2017 Student Score 78.77
#4 #4 Texas Southern University Campus Location Houston (TX) 2017 Student Score 77.59
#5 #5 Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences Campus Location Boston (MA) 2017 Student Score 74.56


Our goal in presenting this school data is to create a standardized and trustworthy method to assess institutions based on reliable statistics. In order for a school to be eligible to be featured on a 2017 Top Programs List, at least ten students from that particular major must have submitted feedback on their institution. Graduate Programs only considers regionally or nationally accredited, non-profit institutions for our rankings. Aggregated student rating values were multiplied by 20 to create a Student Score out of 100; in the event of a tie, schools were awarded the same rank value.

Together with our internal recommend rate data, which is calculated based on tens of thousands of student reviews submitted to our site, the data used in the school listings were gathered in 2016-2017 from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES). This site is the primary governmental entity for gathering and presenting data related to education. NCES data is updated annually. However, in many cases the most recently available data will not be for the current academic year. Additionally, tuition rates may vary by program, so prospective students should contact a representative from your institution of choice for more details.

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This indicates that a school has an annual tuition of $15,000 or less as reported to the National Center for Education Statistics or based on the school's website.