University of Michigan College of Pharmacy

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University of Michigan College of Pharmacy
Motto Artes, Scientia, Veritas
Established 1876
Type Public
Dean James T. Dalton
Undergraduates 300
Postgraduates 70
Location Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA
College of Pharmacy Building

The University of Michigan College of Pharmacy is located on the central campus of the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.


Pharmacy was first taught at the University of Michigan in 1868 in the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts.

On December 29, 1876, the University of Michigan Board of Regents established a School of Pharmacy – creating the nation’s first college of pharmacy at a state-funded institution.

Albert B. Prescott was the first dean of the College from 1876-1905. Prescott insisted that a pharmacy education should be rooted in basic science. By the time of Prescott’s death 34 years later, nearly all U.S. pharmacy schools embraced his educational model, effectively elevating the practice of pharmacy from science to trade. The pharmacy honorary organization Phi Delta Chi was also founded at the University of Michigan in 1883.

Today, the College is an integral member of the world-renown University of Michigan Hospitals and Health System, a member of the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP), and is fully accredited by the American Council for Pharmacy Education.

List of Deans

  • Albert B. Prescott, 1876-1905
  • Julius O. Schlotterbeck, 1905-1917
  • Alviso B. Stevens, 1917-1919
  • Henry Kraemer, 1919-1920
  • Edward H. Kraus, 1920-1923 (Acting Dean), 1923-1933
  • Howard B. Lewis, 1933-1947 (Director)
  • Charles H. Stocking, 1947-1949 (Acting Director), 1949-1951
  • Thomas D. Rowe, 1951-1975
  • Ara G. Paul, 1975-1995
  • James W. Richards, 1996-1998
  • George L. Kenyon, 1998-2004
  • Frank J. Ascione, 2004 – 2014
  • James T. Dalton, 2014 – Present

Degrees Offered[edit]

Although it is an integral part of the larger institution, the College of Pharmacy has an enrollment of approximately 340 PharmD students and 100 graduate students and has set the educational standards for the practice of pharmacy.


The U-M College of Pharmacy accepts applications for the PharmD, PhD, and BS programs.

Notable alumni[edit]

Specific notable alumni include:

Student Organizations[edit]

More than 300 different student groups are active on campus, serving recreational, athletic, social, cultural, political, and professional interests. The U-M College of Pharmacy offers 15 active student organizations, in which most pharmacy students are members.

See also[edit]