Pharmacy Program Earns U.S. News Ranking
UH Hilo College of Pharmacy students
Two pharmacy students in a lab

The UH Hilo College of Pharmacy is ranked in U.S. News and World Report’s 2012 list of top pharmacy schools.

The College of Pharmacy at the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo earned national recognition earlier this year as one of the top five new schools of pharmacy, according to U.S. News and World Report.

In its first year of eligibility since admitting its inaugural class in 2007, the College of Pharmacy ranked 74 out of 135 schools of pharmacy in the United States. Of the 42 new pharmacy programs established in or after 2000, only three programs ranked higher than UH Hilo’s program.

“These rankings are based on expert opinions about program excellence, so to garner attention at all at this stage of our development is solid recognition of our progress,” said College of Pharmacy Dean John M. Pezzuto. “Of course, our eventual goal is to achieve ranking in the top 25 of all colleges of pharmacy.”

“This is the first time a UH Hilo graduate program has been identified in the U.S. News and World Report so we are indeed proud and optimistic that we will be able to continue an upward trend,” said UH Hilo Chancellor Donald Straney. “This is tangible proof that students graduate from our program with a top-notch education in a unique environment.”

About the U.S. News pharmacy rankings

Each year, U.S. News and World Report ranks graduate programs in business, education, engineering, law and medicine. The magazine does not rank all programs every year, and pharmacy schools were last ranked in 2009. The next ranking is scheduled to take place in 2015.

The data comes from surveys of administrators at more than 1,200 programs and nearly 15,000 academics and professionals, conducted during the fall of 2011 and early 2012. As has been the case for many years, the University of California-San Francisco was ranked the number one pharmacy school in the nation.

Adapted from a UH Hilo news release

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