Why UW?

Our Graduates

UW School of Pharmacy offers a world-class educational opportunity and is ranked in the top 10 nationally and internationally by U.S. News & World Report. In collaboration with other nationally ranked health sciences programs, the University of Washington School of Pharmacy graduates have the opportunity to learn science, technology, and state-of-the-art pharmacy practice with globally-ranked faculty in an integrated, interprofessional, educational program.

Our alumni are exceptionally well educated and sought after individuals who enter into the profession of pharmacy with a wide-range of employment and post-doctoral training opportunities that meet their individual interests.

First-attempt pass rates on the North American Pharmacist Licensure Exam (NAPLEX)

Graduating Year 2012 2013 2014 2015 *2016
UW 99% 100% 98% 99% 99%
National Rate 96% 95% 94% 93% 88%

*First and second trimesters only


First-attempt pass rates on the Multi-State Pharmacy Jurisprudence Exam (MPJE)

Graduating Year 2012 2013 2014 2015 *2016
UW 95% 92% 99% 99% 90%
State 93% 91% 93% 93% 84%
National Rate 93% 91% 93% 93% 84%

*First and second trimesters only
NOTE: The National Association of Boards of Pharmacy reports pass rates for all “first-time” candidates taking the MPJE in each state. This means that the pass rates for graduates from previous classes are included in the tables above.

On-time Graduation Rate

Graduating Year 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
Number of students entering 86 80 80 94 99
Graduated in 4 years 92% 89% 94% 83% 86%
Graduated in > 4 years 8% 8% 1% 12%  –
Still in program*  –  – 2% 1% 12%

*Includes students enrolled in dual degree programs

Career Plans

At graduation, the School of Pharmacy asked the classes of 2015 and 2016 about their career plans. Of those who provided information, the results are summarized below.

Area 2015 2016
Community Pharmacy 46% 53%
Institutional Pharmacy 49% 35%
Fellowship 4% 7%
Graduate School (Ph.D. or M.S.) 2% 5%

Based on a survey of students on graduation day (second Friday in June), 81% of the respondents who where actively seeking employment (including residencies, fellowships and graduate programs) either had jobs or offers of employment for both the classes of 2015 and 2016.


35% of UW School of student pharmacists from the Class of 2015 and 29% of the class of 2016 were matched for residencies in the American Society of Health System Pharmacists (ASHP) residency match.

University of Washington School of Pharmacy Community Residency Program

UW Medical Center/Harborview Medical Center/Seattle Cancer Care Alliance Residencies

UW Medicine: Valley Medical Center

Our Students

As a school, we look beyond academic measures for successful applicants. UW student pharmacists demonstrate excellence in service, leadership, communication, business acumen, and patient care.


We are proud of our tradition of equality and diversity, dating back to our founding class that admitted women 120 years ago.

Graduation Year 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
Asian/Asian-American 35% 49% 40% 50% 57%
Caucasian 37% 35% 28% 38% 28%
Underrepresented minority* 7% 11% 19% 9% 11%
Not reporting 5% 5% 5% 3% 4%

*Includes Black or African American, Alaskan Native, American Indian, Hispanic, Mixed Ethnicity, Native Hawaiian

Our Curriculum and Training Prepares Our Students

At the UW School of Pharmacy, you will learn along side other highly successful student pharmacists. At the end of their third year, students take the national standardized Pharmacy Curriculum Outcomes Assessment exam and the results allow a benchmark measurement for comparison with similar students across the nation.

Pharmacy Curriculum Outcomes Assessment Scores

Third year UW Student pharmacists have always scored above the national average in the Pharmacy Curriculum Outcomes Assessment Exam. Many of our students are top scorers on the exam, including several who score at or above the 90th percentile in one or more major content areas on the exam.

PCOA Results 2015 2016
> 90th percentile (1+ sections) 30% 36%
> 90th percentile (overall) 16% 18%
>95th percentile (overall) 11% 5%


Pharmacy Practice Experience Opportunities

As a student pharmacist, you will have the opportunity to gain experience in your training and education in both introductory and advanced practice roles (known as Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experiences [IPPEs] and Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences [APPEs]). When combined with your coursework, you will be very well prepared for practice when you graduate.

Regional IPPE Sites

Our students gain experience in Puget Sound regional health systems, hospitals, and community pharmacies that provide Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experiences (IPPEs). In your first three years as a student pharmacist, you will have over 160 placement options for your community and institutional IPPEs. In other programs, you may have to travel a great distance or move frequently to meet this requirement, but not at the UW. We offer a wide variety of options in the region.

Your first IPPE is a community experience that occurs in the summer after completing the first year of courses. Your second IPPE is conducted in an institutional setting and generally occurs the summer after the second year.

Fourth Year APPE Sites

Fourth-year students spend nine months pursuing their Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences (APPEs) in a variety of settings throughout the region, country, and world. The majority (83%) of our students complete their APPEs in the Pacific Northwest region, while 7% complete them on the East Coast U.S., 5% in Hawaii, and 4% at international locations—making UW one of few schools of pharmacy offering international APPE placements.

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Our Applicants

Our public role is at the heart of our philosophy and academic mission. At the UW, you are more than a test score or a GPA. We are interested in you as a whole person. We will prepare you to be able to make difference as a health care provider.

Class Year 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
Washington state residents 62% 62% 65% 66% 62%
% BS or BA degrees 82% 85% 81% 91% 95%
Cumulative GPA (Mean) 3.52 3.54 3.45 3.51 3.50
Applied 354 411 413 390 399
Offered Admission 119 120 131 127 132
Enrolled 94 100 96 90 93