University Of The Sciences In Philadelphia

University Of The Sciences In Philadelphia

The University of the Sciences in Philadelphia, USP, is situated in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. USP, which was founded in 1821 and was originally named Philadelphia College of Pharmacy, was the first school in North America dedicated to pharmacy. The university, which sits on a 35 acre campus, offers Pharm. D. and Bachelor of Science degrees from the colleges under it which are:

  • College of Graduate Studies
  • Mayes College of Healthcare Business and Policy
  • Misher College of Arts and Sciences
  • Philadelphia College of Pharmacy
  • Samson College of Health Sciences

University of the Sciences in Philadelphia's has sports teams for cross country, tennis, basketball, volleyball, tennis, and softball. The university is a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association, the Eastern College Athletic Conference, and the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference.

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University of the Sciences in Philadelphia
600 S 43rd Street
Philadelphia , PA 19104-4495
General Phone: (215) 596-8800

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USP Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Medicine264pharmacy, pharmacy administration, pharmaceutics and drug design, pharmaceutical chemistry, natural products chemistry, public health
Science79biology, biochemistry, call and molecular biology, microbiology, pharmacology and toxicology, bioinformatics, chemistry
Medical Support and Technology50health service and sciences, clinical lab tech
Medical Administration29pharmacy courses, health services administration
Business and Management27marketing
Therapy and Counseling26psychology, medical psychology, physical therapy
Liberal Arts14technical and business writing, liberal arts and humanities
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy4sports and fitness management, occupational therapy
Computer Science and Engineering4computer science
Conservation and Resource Management0environmental science

Number of programs and degrees for USP in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree17817
Postbaccalaureate certificate72
Master's degree8514
Doctor's degree - research/scholarship95
Doctor's degree - professional practice2182

USP Student Body

In 2007-2008, USP had a total enrollment of 2,969 students (2,851 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 38%
Women 62%
Full-Time 100%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 50%
Graduate 50%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 43%
Black 5%
Hispanic 2%
Asian 31%
American Indian 0%
Unknown 17%
(Foreign Students) 3%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 2%
18-19 33%
20-21 28%
22-24 23%
25-29 6%
30-34 3%
35-39 2%
40-49 2%
50-64 1%
65+ 0%

Incoming (Freshman) Students by Place of Residence:
(From available data sampling)

New Jersey36%
New York7%
(International Students)2%

USP Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 91 %

USP Room and Board (2007)

USP offers campus housing for 834 of its 2,851 (full-time) students. Freshmen are required to live on campus.

(Please refer to our profile of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other Pennsylvania Colleges).

The school does not offer students a meal plan.

USP Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
SAT Verbal530600
SAT Math560660
ACT Composite2327

Application Requirements:

Class Rankrequired
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programrequired
Recommendationsnot required
Formal Demonstration of Competencenot required
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting SAT97%
Percent of Applicants Submitting ACT11%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)recommended
Other Standardized Testsnot required

USP Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 28,506
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 28,506
Room and board $ 11,146
Room charge $ 6,810
Board (meal plan) charge $ 4,336
Books and supplies $ 1,050
Other expenses $ 2,660

Financial Aid:
USP participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 335300)

USP Faculty

USP has a tenure system for faculty.

Tenure Status of Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelMenWomen
Non-tenured, but on tenure track1714
Non-tenured and not on tenure track3342

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professorcalendar year12$124,6226$127,582
Associate professorcalendar year16$113,0078$103,645
Assistant professorcalendar year12$96,24321$81,780
Instructorcalendar year2*4$60,377
All faculty totalcalendar year42$110,21639$91,117

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year14$90,9153$86,704
Associate professoracademic year10$74,0547$70,330
Assistant professoracademic year14$64,71416$54,955
Instructoracademic year3$40,7503$47,478
Lectureracademic year2*4$52,045
All faculty totalacademic year43$73,49533$60,070

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

USP Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Basketball Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference
Baseball Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference
Track Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference

Students on Athletic Scholarships (2007):

All Other Sports265682

USP Degree Programs (2007)

Business And Management
Marketing/Marketing Management, General

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer Science

Conservation And Resource Management
Environmental Science

Liberal Arts
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities, Other
Technical and Business Writing

Medical Administration
Health Services Administration
Pharmacy, Pharmaceutical Sciences, and Administration, Other

Medical Support And Technology
Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology/Technologist
Health Services/Allied Health/Health Sciences, General

Medicinal and Pharmaceutical Chemistry (MS, PhD)
Natural Products Chemistry and Pharmacognosy (MS, PhD)
Pharmaceutics and Drug Design (MS, PhD)
Pharmacy (PharmD [USA], PharmD or BS/BPharm [Canada])
Pharmacy Administration/Policy/Regulatory Affairs (MS, PhD)
Public Health, General (MPH, DPH)

Nutrition And Exercise Therapy
Occupational Therapy/Therapist
Sport and Fitness Administration/Management

Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Cell/Cellular and Molecular Biology
Chemistry, General
Microbiology, General
Pharmacology and Toxicology

Therapy And Counseling
Health/Medical Psychology
Physical Therapy/Therapist
Psychology, General

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What Sets USP Apart:

% of degrees in science
(vs. all colleges)
Top 5%$pretty_college $award_cats{$char}
% of degrees in medicine
(vs. all colleges)
Top 7%USP % of degrees in medicine
% of degrees in medical administration
(vs. colleges with similar degree levels)
Top 10%USP % of degrees in medical administration
Salaries of full-time faculty
(vs. all colleges)
Top 15%USP Salaries of full-time faculty
Minority % of student body
(vs. colleges of similar size)
Top 18%USP Minority % of student body
Faculty/student ratio (full-time)
(vs. colleges of similar size)
Top 19%USP Faculty/student ratio (full-time)
Student SAT scores
(vs. all colleges)
Top 20%USP Student SAT scores
% students on athletic fin. aid
(vs. colleges of similar size)
Top 20%USP % students on athletic fin. aid
Dorm rooms per full-time student
(vs. all colleges)
Top 20%USP Dorm rooms per full-time student

checked Accepts some high school credits
checked Grants credits for AP courses
checked Offers distance learning
checked Career counseling
checked Career services
checked Student employment services
checked Remedial classes for students
checked Option to study abroad
checked Offers part-time study
checked On-campus library
checked Offers campus housing
checked Tenure system for quality teaching
checked Has ROTC (army, air force)
checked Offers athletic scholarships
checked NCAA athletic conference member

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