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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
  • The graduation rate is 15 percent higher than the national average.2
  • The USciences acceptance rate into medical school was 94% 3
  • Prepares students for health professions that rank among the 25 best healthcare jobs in the U.S. including dentist, pharmacist, physician, physical therapist, physician assistant, and occupational therapist. 4
  • The U.S. Department of Education's College Scorecard ranks USciences No. 1 for highest earnings among PA, NJ, and DE graduates with a median annual income of $85,800 a decade after students enrolled. USciences also ranked No. 4 in the Mid-Atlantic Region and No. 9 in the U.S., when compared with graduates from four-year U.S. colleges and universities.5
  • Nearly 98% of USciences students were in good standing when it comes to repaying their student loans. By comparison, the national average was only 88%.6

The USciences campus comprises 23 buildings located on a 36-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 Class of 2014 post-graduation survey

2 NCES 2014 Institutional Retention and Graduate Rates for Undergraduate Students

3 USciences' five-year retrospective of 2010-2014 matriculants and applicants

4 U.S. News and World Report 2016

5 4U.S. Department of Education's College Scorecard http://collegescorecard.ed.gov

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

At a Glance:

Founded: 1821
Students: 2,664 (2,246 undergraduate, 418 graduate)
On-campus residents: 787

Colleges: 4
BS programs: 20
Masters programs: 15 (includes MASPAS, MBA, MOT, MPH, MS)
PhD programs: 11 (includes PharmD, DPT, DrOT)
Professional programs: 3 (includes PharmD, DPT, DrOT)
Certificate programs: 6

Average class size: 38
Full-time faculty: 190
Student/faculty ratio: 10:1
Laboratories: 100
Campus organizations: 80
Computer labs: 25
Sororities and fraternities: 14
Athletics Name: Devils
School mascot: Drake the Devil
Division II varsity teams: 12
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