Pharmacy School Ranked Nationally by U.S.News


ATLANTA – Mercer University Southern School of Pharmacy is one of the best pharmacy programs in the nation, according to the annual “Best Graduate Schools” rankings recently released by U.S.News & World Report. The Southern School of Pharmacy is one of only three private pharmacy schools ranked in the top 30.

“The School of Pharmacy is committed to being among the best pharmacy schools in the nation, and to preparing our students to enter this highly respected profession with outstanding credentials and extensive knowledge,” said Dean H.W. “Ted” Matthews. “It is nice to be recognized among the leading schools in the nation.”

Southern School of Pharmacy consistently has one of the largest application pools among pharmacy schools in the nation. The School’s graduate program continues to grow, with 32 students currently pursuing Ph.D. degrees in pharmaceutics, pharmacology, molecular biology and natural products chemistry.

Each year, U.S. News ranks professional-school programs in business, education, engineering, law and medicine. The magazine also ranks Ph.D. programs in the sciences and humanities and programs in health care and the arts – solely on the basis of peer assessment data from academics involved in that particular field. This year, the magazine added the new rankings of doctor of pharmacy (Pharm.D.) programs.

U.S.News & World Report’s Best Graduate Schools complete rankings for 2005 are in a special book, America’s Best Graduate Schools. Additional information is available online at

About Mercer University and the Southern School of Pharmacy:

Mercer University’s Southern School of Pharmacy has a century-long tradition of excellence and a national reputation for producing outstanding leaders in the profession of pharmacy. In September 1981, Southern School of Pharmacy became the first pharmacy school in the Southeast and fifth in the nation to offer the Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) as its sole professional degree. The School also offers the Ph.D. in pharmaceutical sciences. Pharmacists from Mercer are currently practicing in 43 states and in several foreign countries.  

Founded in 1833, Mercer University has campuses in Macon and Atlanta as well as three regional academic centers. With 10 schools and colleges, the University offers programs in liberal arts, business, engineering, education, medicine, nursing, pharmacy, law and theology. For 15 consecutive years, U.S. News & World Report has named Mercer University as one of the leading universities in the South.