April 9, 2024

U.S. News and World Report releases latest grad school rankings


Media Contact: Lindsay Groth: [email protected]


[Ann Arbor, Michigan] – U.S. News and World Report released its latest rankings for top health schools, and the University of Michigan College of Pharmacy has been ranked the #2 pharmacy school in the nation and maintains the spot as the top pharmacy school in the state of Michigan. This distinction is up from the college’s previous national ranking at #3. 


The U.S. News and World Report collected survey results from academics at 141 pharmacy schools offering a Doctor of Pharmacy program accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE). Respondents rated the academic quality of programs on a scale of 1 (marginal) to 5 (outstanding).


“This latest ranking is a testament to the hard work our faculty, students, staff, and alumni put in each day to advance the practice of pharmacy and improve patient health outcomes,” said Dr. Vicki Ellingrod, Dean of the College of Pharmacy. “We are at the forefront of innovative pharmaceutical research and education – be it using artificial intelligence to highlight problem areas in antibody treatments and advance drug discovery, or developing a pharmacist-centric care model to help patients manage hypertension now replicated by the CDC, just to name some examples. The work that is done in the U-M College of Pharmacy is centered around bettering the lives of patients everywhere.”


The U-M College of Pharmacy’s PharmD program offers small class sizes, interdisciplinary courses with health sciences schools, opportunities for hands-on learning within the top-ranked Michigan Medicine health system, and a robust research infrastructure that garnered more than $83M in grant support last year. For more than 50 years, U-M College of Pharmacy has been one of the only schools requiring a research project for PharmD students – introducing them to research methods and processes to provide them with the skills and knowledge to answer some of healthcare's most challenging questions and really lead at pharmacy’s edge.  


“The U-M College of Pharmacy curriculum and culture does not silo our students to one career path,” explained Dr. Vicki Ellingrod, Dean. “We introduce our students to the wide range of doors a PharmD can open – from jobs in federal agencies and industry to community and clinical pharmacy, academia, and beyond.” 


In addition to the PharmD professional degree, the College of Pharmacy has three PhD programs that offer a world-class research curriculum in Clinical Pharmacy Translational Science, Medicinal Chemistry, and Pharmaceutical Sciences. The college also offers a Master of Science in Integrated Pharmaceutical Sciences, delivering multidisciplinary academic training in drug discovery, drug development, and clinical pharmacy, and trains future pharmaceutical leaders through a Bachelor of Science in Pharmaceutical Science.


You can read the release of all University of Michigan grad school rankings here.