AACP Profile of Pharmacy Students
Fall 2019-2020

Students, Applications, Enrollment & PharmD Degrees All DOWN

Student Applications, Enrollments and Degrees Conferred  
 

Profile

2020 - 6,700 faculty, 58,000 students enrolled in professional programs, and 7,000 individuals                         pursuing graduate study.  
2019 - 6,700 faculty, 61,000 students enrolled in professional programs, and 6,000 individuals                         pursuing graduate study 
2018 - 6,800 faculty, 63,200 students enrolled in professional programs, and 6,000 individuals                         pursuing graduate study  
2017 - 6,600 faculty, 63,800 students enrolled in professional programs, and 5,800 individuals                         pursuing graduate study
2016 - 6,600 faculty, 64,300 students enrolled in professional programs, and 6,000 individuals                         pursuing graduate study
2015 - 6,600 faculty, 64,400 students enrolled in professional programs, and 5,800 individuals                         pursuing graduate study
2014 - 6,600 faculty, 64,800 students enrolled in professional programs, and 4,900 individuals                         pursuing graduate study
2013 - 6,400 faculty, 63,800 students enrolled in professional programs, and 4,800 individuals                         pursuing graduate study
2012 - 6,500 faculty, 62,500 students enrolled in professional programs, and 5,100 individuals                         pursuing graduate study


Fall Enrollment (Enrollments in all professional years decreased 5.1 percent and the number of first professional year enrollments decreased 8.0 percent.) 

2020 - 57,375 students were enrolled in the Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.1) as the first professional             degree programs, 5.4% decrease from fall 2019
2019 - 60,594 students were enrolled in the Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.1) as the first professional             degree programs, 5.5% decrease from fall 2018

2018 - 62,504 students were enrolled in the Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.1) as the first professional             degree programs, 0.4% decrease from fall 2017  

2017 - 63,087 students were enrolled in the Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.1) as the first professional             degree programs, 0.8% decrease from fall 2016

2016 - 63,464 students were enrolled in the Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.1) as the first professional             degree programs
2015 - 63,460 students were enrolled in the Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.1) as the first professional             degree programs
2014 - 63,927 students were enrolled in the Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.1) as the first professional             degree programs
2013 - 62,743 students were enrolled in the Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.1) as the first professional             degree programs
2012 - 61,275 students were enrolled in the Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.1) as the first professional             degree programs


Number of accredited U.S. colleges and schools of pharmacy

2020 - 144 (141 submitted data) / Accredited 141 full, candidate and pre-candidate status. Due to                  some accreditation changes for three schools in 2020 (California Health Sciences, Hampton,                and Midwestern), this year’s report lists a total of 144 colleges and schools.)
2019 - 144 (144 submitted data) / Accredited 144 (Full-132, Candidate Status-8, Probation-3) / Pre-                  candidate Status 1 (American University of Health Sciences School of Pharmacy) &                                Discontinued (South Carolina College of Pharmacy)

2018 - 143 (143 submitted data) / Accredited 143 (Full-133, Candidate Status-8, Probation-2) / Pre-                  candidate Status 1 (William Carey University School of Pharmacy)

2017 - 142 (140 submitted data) / Accredited 138 (Full or Candidate Status) / Pre-candidate Status 4
2016 - 138 (137 submitted data) / Accredited 131 (Full or Candidate Status 6) / Pre-candidate                          Status 4
2015 - 135 (133 submitted data)
2014 - 133 (131 submitted data)
2013 - 130 (127 submitted data)
2012 - 129 (127 submitted data)


Applications

2020 - 40,392 20.55% Decrease over 2019! Applications submitted to first professional degree                       programs at schools and colleges of pharmacy.
2019 - 50,842 15.32% Decrease over 2018 AND 1 More School since 2018! Applications submitted                 to first professional degree programs at schools and colleges of pharmacy

2018 - 60,042 17.68% Decrease over 2017 AND 1 More School since 2017! Applications submitted                 to first professional degree programs at schools and colleges of pharmacy   

2017 - 72,941 7.06% Decrease over 2016 AND 4 More Schools since 2016! Applications submitted                 to first professional degree programs at schools and colleges of pharmacy

2016 - 78,514  2.53% Increase over 2015 BUT 4 More Schools since 2015! Applications submitted                   to first professional degree programs at schools and colleges of pharmacy

2015 - 76,525  10.7% Decrease! Applications received by colleges and schools of pharmacy for                     every one entering student enrolled is no longer being tracked and/or published

2014 - 85,754  5.5 applications were received by colleges and schools of pharmacy for every one                   entering student enrolled in fall 2014
2013 - 87,956  5.6 applications were received by colleges and schools of pharmacy for every one                   entering student enrolled in fall 2013
2012 - 99,821  6.4 applications were received by colleges and schools of pharmacy for every one                   entering student enrolled in fall 2012
2011 - 112,000 Approx. This ratio for 2010-11 was 7.0 applications for every one entering student in               fall 2011


PharmD Degrees conferred

2020 - 14,320 3.25% Decrease
2019 - 14,800 0.705% Decrease
2018 - 14,905 2.8% Increase. This is the largest number of degrees conferred in the history of                          pharmacy education

2017 - 14,502 0.0372% Decrease
2016 - 14,556 0.0386% Increase
2015 - 13,994  1.1 % Increase 
2014 - 13,838 4.8 % Increase
2013 - 13,207 3.8% Increase
2012 - 12,719 6.6% Increase
2011 - 11,931


Attrition rate (Increasing for the last 17+ years from near zero in the early 2000’s!)

2020 - 12.5% The attrition rate includes academic dismissals, student withdrawals, and delayed                      graduations.
2019 - 12.6% The attrition rate includes academic dismissals, student withdrawals, and delayed                      graduations
2018 - 12.1% 

2017 - 12.1% 
2016 - 12.0%
2015 - 11.6%
2014 - 10.3%
2013 - 11.1%
2012 - 10.2%


PharmD degrees conferred to individuals already holding a professional baccalaureate in pharmacy, decreased 43.92%!

2020 - 175 Decreased by 43.92% from 2018-19
2019 - 312 Increased by 52.2% from 2017-18
2018 - 205 Decreased by 5.5% from 2016-17   

2017 - 217 Decreased by 33.5% from 2015-16 
2016 - 326 Increased by 16.3 percent from 2014-15
2015 - 273 Decreased by 19.5 percent from 2013-14
2014 - 339
2013 - 344
2012 - 444


Number of individuals enrolled in postbaccalaureate Pharm.D.

2020 - 640 The number of individuals enrolled in postbaccalaureate Pharm.D. programs increased                 to 640 from 622 in fall 2019.
2019 - 622 The number of individuals enrolled in postbaccalaureate Pharm.D. 2 programs                               decreased by another 18.6% to 622 from 764 enrolled  in fall 2018

2018 - 764 The number of individuals enrolled in postbaccalaureate Pharm.D. 2 programs                               decreased by another 1.2% to 764 from 773 enrolled in fall 2017  

2017 - 773 The number of individuals enrolled in postbaccalaureate Pharm.D. 2 programs                               decreased by another 8.0% to 773 from 840 enrolled  in fall 2016

2016 - 840 The number of individuals enrolled in postbaccalaureate Pharm.D. 2 programs                               decreased by 10.3% to 840 from 936 enrolled in fall 2015

2015 - 936 The number of individuals enrolled in postbaccalaureate Pharm.D. 2 programs increased             slightly to 936 from 935 enrolled in fall 2014

2014 - 935 The number of Pharm.D.2 students enrolled (n=935) decreased by 16.4 percent from fall               2013
2013 - 1,118 The number of Pharm.D.2 students enrolled (n=1,118) decreased by 11.3 percent from                fall 2012
2012 - 1,260 The number of Pharm.D.2 students enrolled (n=1,260) decreased by 6.0 percent from                  fall 2011


M.S. degrees conferred

2020 - 1,130 The number of M.S. degrees increased to 1,130 from 1,128 in 2018–19 and the number              of Ph.D. degrees conferred (n =529) decreased 11.8 percent from 2018–19.
2019 - 1128 The number of M.S. degrees conferred increased 7.7% in 2018-19 and the number of                  Ph.D. degrees conferred remained flat at 600 in 2018–19

2018 - 1047 The number of M.S. degrees conferred increased 8.8% in 2017-18 and the number of                  Ph.D. degrees conferred (n=600) increased 11.7 percent   

2017 - 962 The number of M.S. degrees conferred decreased 6.0% in 2016-17 and the number of                   Ph.D. degrees conferred (n=537) decreased 1.8 percent

2016 - 1,023 The number of M.S. degrees conferred increased 42.1% in 2015-16 and the number of                Ph.D. degrees  conferred decreased 2.5 percent

2015 - 720 7.1% decrease
2014 - 775 18.3% increase
2013 - 655
2012 - 681


First professional degrees conferred. (Percentage of women rising for 9+ years)

2020 - 64.0% Women & 35.9% Men. The gender was not reported or unknown for 0.2 percent of                   applications.
2019 - 62.0% Women & 37.3% Men & Unknown/other gender received 0.6  
2018 - 61.2% Women & 38.6% Men   

2017 - 61.9% Women & 38.1% Men
2016 - 60.4% Women & 38.6% Men
2015 - 61.6% Women & 38.4% Men
2014 - 60.4% Women & 39.6% Men
2013 - 61.7% Women & 38.3% Men
2012 - 61.2% Women & 38.8% Men

AACP PROFILE OF PHARMACY STUDENTS FALL 2019-2020

Student Applications, Enrollments and Degrees Conferred  

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