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Proven History: A Timeline

Proven History: A Timeline

Ours is a story that’s 200 years old, with each chapter written by those who have walked these halls, studied in these classrooms, researched in these labs. And our story is still being written today—in the hospitals, labs, and boardrooms across the country and around the world. Our 200th anniversary is a remembrance of what our graduates have done. And it’s a celebration of all we’re about to do.

Established 1821

  • A drawing of Carpenter’s Hall in Philadelphia1821
    In February 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.
  • A photograph of the Hall of the German Society in Philadelphia1821
    Instruction began November, 1821 in a few rented rooms of the Hall of the German Society on Seventh Street between Market and Chestnut in Philadelphia.
  • A drawing of the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy1822
    Philadelphia College of Apothecaries was incorporated as the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy, the first college of pharmacy in North America.
  • An image of the American Journal of Pharmacy1825
    The first periodical in the United States devoted to the art and science of pharmacy, the American Journal of Pharmacy, was published by the college.
  • The Seal of the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy1826
    The first class of the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy graduated, consisting of only three students.
  • George B. Wood, professor of chemistry1830
    One of the first faculty members, George B. Wood, MD, professor of chemistry, became a dominant figure in the development of the United States Pharmacopeia. Thus began a public service of the college to the establishment of national drug standards, a service that has continued without interruption to this day.
  • An image of the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy building on Zane Street1832
    The college moved to its own facility—a four-story, newly constructed building (cost $8,324) on Zane (now Filbert) Street between Seventh and Eighth Streets (shown here).
  • An image of the Dispensatory of the United States of America, a comprehensive commentary on drugs.1833
    The Dispensatory of the United States of America, a comprehensive commentary on drugs, was first published. The Dispensatory was authored and edited for more than a hundred years by successive generations of faculty of the college.
  • An image of William Procter Jr., widely recognized as the “Father of American Pharmacy.”1837
    William Procter, Jr., widely recognized as the “Father of American Pharmacy” graduates from the college.
  • An image of a page from the American Journal of Pharmacy, Janurary 1853.1852
    Delegates from several states convened to found the American Pharmaceutical Association, now the American Pharmacists Association, headquartered in Washington, DC. Many graduates or former faculty members have served as officers of the Association.
  • Susan Hayhurst, the first woman to graduate from the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy.1883
    Susan Hayhurst, the first woman to graduate from the college, received a graduate degree in pharmacy (PhG).
  • Joseph Price Remington, who published the Practice of Pharmacy.1885
    Joseph Price Remington, professor of theory and practice of pharmacy, published the Practice of Pharmacy, which soon became established as the standard text in the field. Later renamed Remington: The Science and Practice of Pharmacy, this comprehensive reference work remains widely used throughout the world.
  • A plaque commemorating the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and Science.1920
    A charter amendment changed the name of the institution to the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and Science and new baccalaureate programs in biology, bacteriology, and chemistry were added.
  • Scholars celebrating the new campus in West Philadelphia.1928
    The college relocated to its present campus at 43rd St. and Woodland Ave. in West Philadelphia.
  • A photograph of one of three original bronze castings of the Lincoln Memorial.1928
    One of three original bronze castings of the renowned (Abraham) Lincoln Memorial statue found its home here. Since then, students have rubbed President Lincoln’s right foot for good luck.
  • Eli Lilly, class of 1907.1929
    The extraordinary generosity of Eli Lilly (class of 1907) ensured the survival of the college during the Great Depression. And a solid legacy for the future was secured when, from the Lilly estate, the college received the largest gift in its history.
  • The Quinine Pool organized by Dr. Ivor Griffith to treat malaria during World War II.1941
    Dr. Ivor Griffith organized a Quinine Pool which gathered scarce stocks of quinine from pharmacies across the nation, for use in treating malaria among our troops during World War II.
  • John E Kramer hosted programs based on the theme You and Your Health on WFIL-TV and affiliated stations.1952
    John E. Kramer (PhG’25, BSc’36) who served as recruiting and admissions officer, registrar, recording secretary, comptroller, public relations officer, and overall “cheerleader.” organized and hosted a long-running series of programs based on the theme You and Your Health, presented by college faculty and aired by WFIL-TV and affiliated stations.
  • A photograph of the C. Mahlon Kline Pharmacology Laboratory.1960
    The C. Mahlon Kline Pharmacology Laboratory was opened.
  • The exterior of Whitecar Hall at USciences.1965
    Whitecar Hall, a student activities center including dining halls and student organization, lounge and conference rooms, was named in honor of Blanche Gardner Whitecar, a staunch friend and major benefactor of the college.
  • The exterior of Griffith Hall at USciences.1966
    The college’s main building, Griffith Hall, was rededicated in honor of deceased President Ivor Griffith, in fitting recognition of his stewardship.
  • students in a lab1967
    The Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) program, one of the first in the country, is introduced.
  • The exterior of the McNeil Research Center at USciences.1968
    McNeil Research Center, which provided greatly expanded facilities for faculty and student research, named in memory of Robert McNeil (class of 1876) and made possible by gifts from Robert Lincoln McNeil, Robert L. McNeil, Jr. (class of 1938), and Henry S. McNeil.
  • Donors cutting the ribbon at Rosenberger Auditorium. The exterior of Alumni Hall at USciences.1968
    Alumni Hall/Rosenberger Auditorium, a gymnasium, athletic department office complex and auditorium, was named in recognition of many alumni gifts and a principal contribution by J. Mervin Rosenberger.
  • Arthur Osol. The exterior of Osol Hall at USciences.1970
    Osol Hall, an 88-room, modern student residence facility, was named in recognition of the many years of devoted service to the college by Arthur and Virginia Osol.
  • The exterior of Joseph W. England Library at USciences.1973
    Joseph W. England Library, housing one of the nation’s most complete collections of pharmaceutical literature, including many rare volumes on the history of pharmacy and medicine dating to the Middle Ages, was dedicated and funded largely by Elizabeth R. England, a member of the board of trustees, in memory of her father who served as chairman of the board 1924–1933.
  • A physical therapist assists an individual in a leg brace.1982
    The Pennsylvania Department of Higher Education approved an integrated undergraduate-professional graduate program leading to dual degrees of BS in health sciences and master of physical therapy (MPT).
  • The exterior of the Pharmacology/Toxicology Center at USciences.1983
    With a lead gift of $2 million from The Mabel Pew Myrin Trust (Pew Charitable Trusts), nearly $6 million was raised toward construction of a Pharmacology/Toxicology Center. A subsequent matching grant of $500,000 from the trusts secured a fund of $1.5 million to upgrade scientific equipment for teaching and research in the pharmaceutical and basic sciences.
  • A scientist studies pharmaceutical chemistry. A biochemistry student inspects a vial.1983
    A baccalaureate in biochemistry and pharmaceutical chemistry were added.
  • Photos of Allen Misher, PhD, Wilson Hall, and Goodman Hall.1984
    Appointment of Allen Misher, PhD (P’59) as president in 1984, and significant campus and programmatic expansion occurs from 1984-1994: Wilson Student Center, Goodman Hall, Glasser Hall, D’Angelo Mall, Writing Center, Teaching and Learning Center.
  • The Alfred J D’Angelo Mall at USciences.1985
    SmithKline and French donated $250,000 toward a redesigned mall with brick walkways that integrated the surrounding college buildings both architecturally and aesthetically. The Alfred J. D’Angelo Mall was dedicated in memory of a former executive vice president of SmithKline and long-term chairman of the college’s board of trustees.
  • An interior shot of a dorm room at Goodman Hall at USciences in 1986.1986
    Goodman Hall, a new residence building with study areas, lounges, and game rooms, was dedicated in honor of Jerome S. Goodman (P’58), a member of the board of trustees.
  • The exterior of the Wilson Student Center in 1991.1991
    Donald O. Wilson (P’34) and Rosemary Wilson enabled construction of Wilson Student Center, which provided an honors residence for upper-class students, greatly enlarged dining facilities, meeting and conference rooms, and recreation, music, and computer rooms.
  • The exterior of Glasser Hall at USciences at nighttime.1992
    An existing four-story building along the Woodland Avenue corridor was restructured to provide modern lecture, clinical practice, and research laboratory facilities as well as administrative, faculty, and staff offices in support of the growing physical therapy program.
  • An image of Leonard and Madlyn Abramson.1992
    A gift presented by Leonard Abramson (P’60), a major benefactor and member of the board of trustees, established the institution’s first fully endowed faculty chair, the Leonard and Madlyn Abramson Professorship in Pharmacology.
  • Students in the PharmD and MOT programs at USciences.1994
    The entry level doctor of pharmacy (PharmD) program, BS in health science and a master of occupational therapy (MOT) were established.
  • An image of Philip Gerbino, former president of Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and a rendering of the campus.1995
    Appointment of Philip P. Gerbino P’69, PharmD’70 as president, and dramatic growth continued: size of the student body quadrupled, number of academic offerings grew, physical campus expanded to include residential living and focus on student life.
  • The Marvin Samson Center for the History of Pharmacy.1995
    The University museum was officially named the Marvin Samson Center for the History of Pharmacy, in recognition of the vice chairman of the board of trustees and a major benefactor of the institution.
  • The sign at the Breyers Ice Cream Property in Philadelphia.1997
    The long-sought Breyers Ice Cream property was ceded to the University.
  • USciences students in the 1990’s studied emerging fields.1997
    The BS and MS in health psychology, BS in environmental science, MS in cell biology and biotechnology, MS in biomedical writing, and PhD in pharmacognosy were developed.
  • A Physician Assistant Studies student at USciences.1997
    A collaborative program in physician assistant studies, culminating in a BS in health science awarded by this institution and an MS from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, was begun.
  • The McNeil Athletic Fields at USciences.1997
    Through the generosity of Robert L. McNeil, Jr. (P’38), the McNeil Athletic Fields were dedicated, providing students with a regulation-size women’s softball field, a jogging track, and open recreational space. David Bergman (P’51) provided funds for new tennis courts.
  • The Seal of the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia.1998
    The institution acquired university status to become University of the Sciences in Philadelphia (USP).
  • Students at University of the Sciences circa 1998.1998
    Baccalaureate degree programs were expanded to include pharmaceutical sciences and pharmaceutical marketing and management (now pharmaceutical and healthcare business) as well as the PhD in health policy.
  • A photograph of Abraham and Gloria Glasser.2000
    In appreciation of long term support of the college, especially the physical therapy program, by Abraham Glasser (P’43) and Gloria Glasser (Hon’02), the physical therapy building was later designated Glasser Hall.
  • A photograph of Allen Misher.2000
    Misher College of Arts and Sciences was renamed in 2000 for Allen Misher (P’59), University president from 1983 through 1994.
  • USciences mascot Drake the Devil2001
    The University introduces Drake the Devil, a modern-day mascot fit to cheer on the student athletes in his lab coat and goggles. 
  • Computer science was introduced at USciences in 2001.2001
    Baccalaureate degree programs were expanded to include bioinformatics, computer science, and health science.
  • Students in the USciences executive MBA program.2003
    An executive MBA program in pharmaceutical and healthcare business was established.
  • The Athletic Recreation Center (ARC) at USciences.2003
    Dedication of the Athletic/Recreation Center (ARC) represented a key element in the grand design for the University’s south campus as a hub of “student-centered learning and living.”
  • A USciences Devils athlete competes in softball.2003
    The University applied to the National Collegiate Athletic Association in 1999 and acquired NCAA Division II status in September 2003
  • A USciences Devils basketball game.2003
    A new basketball arena was dedicated in honor of former longtime coach and current athletic director Robert C. “Bobby” Morgan.
  • A student wearing a USP sweatshirt.2003
    Integrated undergraduate professional degree programs leading to a BS in health science and a doctor of physical therapy were added.
  • Students studying around campus at USciences.2006
    Masters in public health added along with the BSHS in exercise science and wellness management (now exercise physiology).
  • The McNeil Science and Technology Center at USciences.2006
    The McNeil Science and Technology Center (STC) was dedicated to Robert L. McNeil, Jr. (P’38), former University professor, and former CEO of McNeil Laboratories.
  • USciences students using a microscope.2008
    BS in physics and PhD in cell and molecular biology were added.
  • A USciences student working under a chemical hood.2009
    The McNeil Science and Technology Center (STC) became the new base of operation of the department of biological sciences and the department of math, physics, and computer science.
  • A photograph of Marvin Samson.2009
    Samson College of Health Sciences is named for Marvin Samson (HonAlm’96, HonDSc’16), in honor of his service as a board member and generous philanthropy to the University
  • the logo for USciences2010
    To aid awareness and to prepare for increasing competition, a comprehensive rebranding initiative was launched. The name was simplified to University of the Sciences/USciences for easier recall and broader exposure to the growing global marketplace.
  • A student in the DrOT program.2010
    Doctor of occupational therapy (DrOT) program introduced.
  • A photograph of Dr. Helen Giles-Gee.2012
    Dr. Helen Giles-Gee was named the first African-American and first female president of the University, making significant improvements to operations, maintaining financial stability, and establishing new accredited academic programs.
  • The Integrated Professional Education Complex (IPEX) at USciences2014
    The Integrated Professional Education Complex (IPEX), a 57,000 square foot, three story building, opens. The building is designed to showcase the interprofessional education model that permits students from several disciplines to gain traditional and hands-on experience in the building’s mock exam rooms, simulation labs, and clinical spaces.
  • A portrait of USciences President Dr. Paul Katz.2016
    Dr. Paul Katz is named president, leading the university through the COVID-19 pandemic and the Bicentennial celebration, launching an online-education division, helping to build a robust pre-health program, and placing an emphasis on partnership.
  • The rebranded look of USciences Devils and Drake.2017
    Drake the Devil is reborn with a new look to cheer on our Devils Athletics with their new branding from the sidelines.
  • The exterior of the Living & Learning Commons at USciences.2019
    With the completion of the Living & Learning Commons, the University expands its footprint West along Woodland Avenue and provides state-of-the-art living and learning facilities for residential students.
  • The logo for USciences Online2020
    USciences launched its online education division, USciences Online, to offer 100% online, asynchronous degrees and certificates.
  • USciences faculty and staff donated over 60000 masks gloves and protective suits during the COVID-19 pandemic.2020
    USciences faculty and staff band together to donate personal protective equipment to those working on the front lines responding to the COVID19 global pandemic, donating more than 60,000 masks, gloves and protective suits, adapting to hybrid education to limit the amount of in-person instruction, and utilizing online technology and new educational methods.