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Embrace and Flourish

About Us

At University of the Sciences, we are building on a life sciences legacy begun almost two centuries ago as Philadelphia College of Pharmacy, which remains one of our four colleges today. From treating, researching, and studying diseases and cures on a molecular level to the medicines that improve the lives of people worldwide, USciences is about moving life forward.

We have been, and continue to be, an incubator for a thriving alumni network that shares a passion for exploration and discovery in pharmacy, science, and healthcare as well as for governmental, business, and administrative professions. The results are rewarding, well-paying careers and discoveries across the pharmaceutical, medical, healthcare, and biotech spectrums worldwide. The statistics speak for themselves:

  • 95% of USciences students are employed or accepted for an advanced degree within six months of graduation.1
  • USciences graduation rate is 15 percent higher than the national average. 2
  • USciences ranked in the top 18 percent of comparable U.S. institutions whose undergrads have gone on to complete a doctoral degree in the sciences.3
  • USciences ranks in the top 10 percent among comparable institutions whose graduates receive advanced degrees in medical sciences.3
  • USciences prepares students for health professions that rank among the 15 best jobs in the U.S. including dentist, pharmacist, physician, physical therapist, physician assistant, and occupational therapist. 4
  • 94% of well qualified USciences students are accepted into medical school; that's 17% higher than the national average. 5
  • USciences’ federal cohort default rate was just 2.4 percent as compared to the national average of 13.7 percent and the Pennsylvania average of 11.6 percent.5 USciences also fared better than the surrounding states: New Jersey–10.6 percent, New York–10.1 percent, and Delaware–11.5 percent. 6

The USciences campus comprises 23 buildings located on a 35-acre site in University City. We are situated in a vibrant neighborhood that is home to residents, faculty, and more than 40,000 college students each year. As a founding member of University City District the University works closely with other universities, residents, and community-based organizations in the area.

Inspiring Innovation

Students benefit from the region’s rich life sciences economy and embark on a challenging learning experience in a unique range of life science and health science majors within the University’s four colleges:

The top majors (with the highest enrollment) are pharmacy, physical therapy, biology, and occupational therapy.

Leveraging Our Strengths

The changing demands of the healthcare industry are best reflected in the dynamic range of specialized undergraduate programs we offer. Our graduate programs focus in the health and natural sciences while the University provides a strong pre-med, pre-dental, and pre-veterinary focus with degrees in the sciences and health sciences or the first step toward pursuing a PhD and research.

Articulation agreements with other colleges and universities offer a clear path to transfer into USciences programs or reserved seats in medical, dental, and veterinary schools for the next phase of training.

A Lasting Legacy

The University has launched the careers of many innovative and pioneering individuals in the field of healthcare, including the founders of six of the world’s pharmaceutical companies. While other alumni have made significant contributions in fields beyond pharmacy, from pioneering the use of X-rays to motor oil additives to rechargeable batteries.

We are the first college of pharmacy in North America (1821) and the birthplace of the American Pharmaceutical Association, the American Journal of Pharmacy, the United States Pharmacopeia, and Remington: The Science and Practice of Pharmacy.

The University is accredited by the Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.

USciences is truly a place where science and healthcare converge.


1 Results obtained from data collected on a random sample of May 2014 graduates.

2 NCES 2014 Institutional retention and Graduate Rates for Undergraduate Students

3 NSF CASPAR Data, 2002–2011—most recent 10 years.

4 U.S. News and World Report 2014

5 Based on internal data

6 U.S. Department of Education http://www2.ed.gov/offices/OSFAP/defaultmanagement/cdr.html

At a Glance:

Founded: 1821
Students: 2,807 (2,487 undergraduate, 320 graduate)
On-campus residents: 787

Colleges: 4
BS programs: 17
Masters programs: 15 (includes MASPAS, MBA, MOT, MPH, MS)
PhD programs: 8
Professional programs
: 3 (includes DrOT, DPT, PharmD)
Certificate programs: 4

Average class size: 38
Full-time faculty: 179
Student/faculty ratio: 10:1
Laboratories: 100
Campus organizations: 80
Computer labs: 25
Sororities and fraternities: 14
School mascot: Devils
Division II varsity teams: 12
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