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200 Years, 23 Buildings, 30+ Degree Programs

A Timeline of Innovation and Excellence

Building on a legacy since its founding in 1821 as Philadelphia College of Pharmacy, the first institution of its kind in North America, USciences has been home to innovation and excellence for 200 years. This timeline depicts the significant events throughout our rich history that helped to forge and mold our illustrious healthcare and science institution.

A photo collage representing USciences 200 year history
A historic drawing of the Carpenters' Hall building in Philadelphia

The Founders

On February 23, 1821, a group of 68 apothecaries convened in Carpenters’ Hall in Philadelphia “to advance the character and forward the interest of the profession” and established the Philadelphia College of Apothecaries. These visionaries thus propelled the institution, incorporated as Philadelphia College of Pharmacy, to a meaningful, relevant and exciting future.

A Special Bicentennial Edition

In a special Bicentennial Issue, The Bulletin, USciences' alumni magazine captures stories from throughout the distinguished history of our Institution, including those of both our early and recent graduates. This commemorative edition features past and present, so we may continue to honor the University years to come.

A photo collage of Bulletin Magazine pages from past issues

Memory Lane

Reminisce with your classmates, spark some nostalgia for your alma mater, and add yours!


  • “Studying at PCP&S during a turbulent time in our nation’s history, I was awakened to an interest that would eventually pair my love of science with my interest in public service.”

    Tom McKeon BS’70, Chemistry
  • “The Mall was the student meeting place to gather and connect with friends—that's where we found each other.”

    Scott Greene P’92, MS’14

Then & Now

Here’s a look at our campus, then and now. Drag the arrows in the center of each image to see what’s changed and what stayed the same:

  • Griffith Hall thenGriffith Hall now

    The University’s iconic Griffith Hall, named in 1966 in honor of former President Ivor Griffith, still looks as majestic today as it did on the day it was dedicated.

  • McNeil STC thenMcNeil STC now

    The McNeil Science and Technology Center, dedicated to ROBERT L. McNEIL, Jr., P’38, former University professor, and former CEO of McNeil Laboratories in 2009, is the home of biological sciences, math, physics, and computer science, and offers a wealth of lab and study space.

  • D'Angelo Mall thenD'Angelo Mall now

    The beautiful D’Angelo Mall with its towering canopy of trees and arched, bricked walkways provides the University community a quiet spot to gather and take in the view of Clark Park.

  • Student Life thenStudent Life now

    Residence life may look the same but actually has evolved to new levels with the Living & Learning Commons, opened in 2019, offering a state-of-the-art living and learning environment (and private bathrooms!) for students.

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    Alumni Weekend and Reunion October 9, 2021


    Celebrating 25 & 50 Years

    2021 is more than our 200th anniversary. It’s also a special year for some of our graduating classes.

    Are you a graduate of the class of 1971 or 1996? Sign up for our special Reunion events in the spring of 2021.


    The Bicentennial Alumni Roster

    In honor of Bicentennial, we’ve compiled a listing of all alumni who have attended throughout our 200 years. This compilation will be housed in the University’s digital archives. Check out your place in history!

    Photo collage of the class of 1971 and the class of 1996

    Wear Your School Spirit

    Create a unique piece of history that you can wear proudly. Choose from a variety of graphics, from historical to athletic to just-for-fun (Linda's Cart, anyone?), that can be applied to a T-shirt or tote. You decide!

     
    Wear Your School Spirit