University of the Sciences

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600 S. 43rd Street

Philadelphia, PA 19104-4495

Phone: (215) 596-8800
2013-2014 Tuition
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University of the Sciences is a private institution. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 2,436, its setting is urban, and the campus size is 35 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Its tuition and fees are $34,742 (2013-14).

The University of the Sciences in Philadelphia opened in 1821 as the first school of pharmacy in North America. Although its curriculum has broadened since then, the University of the Sciences still has a highly ranked Doctor of Pharmacy program and a campus museum specifically about the history of pharmacy. Other areas of study include about 25 bachelor’s degree programs and more than 10 master’s programs, including in the fields of chemistry and biochemistry. Students at the University of the Sciences have many opportunities to learn by doing, such as by presenting what they’ve learned at the annual Research Day expo and exploring the school’s more than 100 laboratories.

The university, often called USciences, also offers many opportunities for students to stay busy outside the lab. Students at the University of the Sciences can join more than 60 organizations and pledge with about a dozen fraternities and sororities. Student athletes can play intramural sports or try out for the USciences Devils varsity teams, which compete in the NCAA Division II Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference.

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

The roots of University of the Sciences reach back to 1821, when the institution was founded as America's first pharmacy college, the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy. Today, USciences continues to build on that esteemed reputation and is now home to 25 undergraduate and 25 graduate programs in five colleges. Our 3,000 students have enrolled in our premier programs in the health sciences, ranging across pharmacy to pre-med to healthcare business and health policy.

This is a university that traverses almost the entire range of the health sciences. Students may study traditional sciences such as biology and chemistry or pursue demanding careers in physical and occupational therapy. They may explore fields such as pharmacognosy on the frontiers of learning, or they may be preparing for a life shaping policy for medical and governmental institutions. With careers in healthcare continuing to grow, a USciences' education not only makes for a rewarding choice, but an investment in the future.

Key to our distinctive education is a tradition of hands-on research at every level. Our undergraduates participate in highly engaging research in their earliest studies. Our alumni have contributed to progress in every dimension of the health sciences, from pioneering the use of x-rays in the 19th century to unlocking the genetic code in the 20th to discovering countless new medications. Recent graduates have continued this legacy as founders of pharmaceutical companies and companies serving the pharmaceutical and biotech industries.

What is new and different at University of the Sciences? Recent new programs include degrees in physics, cancer biology, cell biology, science and humanities, and exercise science and wellness management, as well as an online master of public health. But what is truly new every day is our students' deepening perspective on how they can make a difference in the critically important arenas of science and healthcare.

Discover University of the Sciences: a place where healthcare and science converge.

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School type private, men's college
Year founded N/A
Religious affiliation N/A
Academic calendar semester
Setting urban
2012 Endowment N/A


When applying to University of the Sciences, it's important to note the application deadline is rolling. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due August 1. The application fee at University of the Sciences is $45.

For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.

Selectivity N/A
Fall 2012 acceptance rate N/A
Application deadline rolling
SAT/ACT scores must be received by August 1

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at University of the Sciences is 10:1, and the school has 42.6 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at University of the Sciences include: Pharmacy; Pharmacy, Pharmaceutical Sciences, and Administration, Other; Health Services/Allied Health/Health Sciences, General; Physical Therapy/Therapist; and Occupational Therapy/Therapist.

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Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 10:1
4-year graduation rate 65%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Pharmacy 29%
Pharmacy, Pharmaceutical Sciences, and Administration, Other 25%
Health Services/Allied Health/Health Sciences, General 17%
Physical Therapy/Therapist 7%
Occupational Therapy/Therapist 5%

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Student Life

University of the Sciences has a total undergraduate enrollment of 2,436, with a gender distribution of 38.9 percent male students and 61.1 percent female students. At this school, 29 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 71 percent of students live off campus. University of the Sciences is part of the NCAA II athletic conference.

Total enrollment 2,770
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Collegiate athletic association NCAA II

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Campus Info & Services

University of the Sciences offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, placement service, health service, and health insurance. University of the Sciences also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at University of the Sciences, 10 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is not permitted for students of legal age at University of the Sciences.

Students who have cars on campus 10%
Health insurance offered Yes

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Paying for School

At University of the Sciences, 94.4 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $7,907.

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Tuition and fees $34,742 (2013-14)
Room and board $13,578 (2013-14)
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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