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October 3, 2002

Purdue pharmacy program ranked second in nation

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. –Purdue’s School of Pharmacy ranks second in the United States among schools with a research emphasis, according to a study published in the September 2002 Annals of Pharmacotherapy.

"This ranking shows Purdue has a well-balanced and complete pharmacy program," said Holly Mason, the pharmacy school’s associate dean for professional programs. "The school not only has a strong research arm, but is also committed to its students."

The study takes into account all the perception factors traditionally used by the well-known U.S. News and World Report rankings and also considers the school’s research funding and number of articles published by school faculty in peer-reviewed journals over a 20-year period.

The three factors used to evaluate the nation’s programs came from different sources: Perception rankings were taken from the 1996 report of pharmacy school rankings on U.S. News and World Report’s Web site. Funding data were generated from the National Institutes of Health Web site. Publication rankings were taken from Science Citation Index rates covering 22 years of publications from U.S. pharmacy school faculty members.

Mason said he was pleased about what the ranking could mean for the school’s future.

"This news will help us attract the best new faculty and students," he said. "Individuals want to be associated with a program that focuses on both the basic discovery process and the training of new professionals, and this study shows us to be a standout in both areas."

The University of California at San Francisco ranked first in the survey.

Purdue’s School of Pharmacy has 621 students enrolled in the Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm. D.) program, as well as 613 undergraduates in the pre-pharmacy program. May 2002 doctoral graduates had an average of five job offers apiece and an average starting salary of about $80,000. More deans of pharmacy schools were educated at or have been faculty members at Purdue than any other university.

Writer: Chad Boutin, (765) 494-2081,

Source: Holly L. Mason, (765) 494-1469,

Purdue News Service: (765) 494-2096;

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