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Why Choose UNM

At UNM’s College of Pharmacy, we’re committed to developing innovative leaders in pharmaceutical care and research who enhance the quality of life for the people of New Mexico. We’re a small school within UNM’s vibrant Health Sciences Center, with an outstanding student/faculty ratio and a faculty dedicated to top-level scientific inquiry, student-centered learning and pharmacy practice.

At UNM's College of Pharmacy you will get:

At UNM, you won’t get lost. We have more than 50 faculty members and an enrollment of only 370 students. That’s a 7-to-1 student/faculty ratio. You will know your professors and they’ll know you.

Our College of Pharmacy is part of UNM, New Mexico’s flagship research university with more than 25,000 students and recognition as both a research-intensive university and a Hispanic-serving institution.

New Mexico is the fifth largest state in land area, with the nation’s 36th largest population, resulting in extensive rural areas in addition to cities and towns. 

We’re located on UNM’s Health Sciences Center campus, where the College of Pharmacy, College of Nursing, School of Medicine and UNM Hospitals share a commitment to education, research, patient care and community outreach.

“Only one-third of colleges of pharmacy are in an academic health center. Here, you get the opportunity to learn on the cutting edge of health care, while at the same time having the opportunity to serve the health care needs of a rural population.”

–        Donald A. Godwin, Executive Associate Dean for Education

UNM Pharmacy professors don’t just teach. They are also engaged world-class scientific research in on-campus labs and clinical settings. They literally write the books.

“When the college faculty are doing research, the knowledge base of the faculty is so much greater. The faculty has first-hand knowledge of what’s going on right now in the world.”

–        Jim Liu, Nationally recognized brain injury researcher and College of Pharmacy Associate Dean for Research

New Mexico has some of the most progressive pharmacy practice laws in the nation. Pharmacists have authority to administer immunizations, prescribe tobacco cessation medication, emergency contraception and naloxone, as well as conduct tuberculin skin testing. New Mexico is also one of only four states that give pharmacists with advanced training certain prescriptive authority. As a pharmacy student here, you will receive all of this training as a part of the regular curriculum to allow you to practice at the cutting edge of pharmacist-provided health care.

UNM PharmD students can participate in cutting-edge research in 21st century labs and clinics under the direction of world-class scientists.

“Every one of the PharmD students that has come into my lab is eager ­– and they’re super bright. I’ve had two PharmD students who have done enough research to warrant getting their own manuscript, their own paper.”

–        Matthew Campen, Expert in cardiopulmonary effects of air pollution and College of Pharmacy Professor

Our College of Pharmacy offers more than a dozen student organizations representing different areas of pharmacy practice, as well as professional fraternities and academic and leadership honor societies. These organizations have won national awards over the past four years for immunizations and prevention of prescription drug abuse.

In addition to classroom learning, more than one-third of the time is spent in the real world in a variety of settings – from urban and rural clinics to hospitals to community pharmacies. More than 250 preceptors mentor our students in clinical rotations.

“I think it’s important to get out in the community and get out of your comfort zone and see a broad range of patients.”

–       Jenny Shroba, Fourth-Year Student

We have the most ethnically diverse PharmD program in the country. Our students are Hispanic, American Indian, African American, White and Asian, with none of those categories making up more than 50 percent of our student body. Among colleges of pharmacy, we have the third-highest enrollment of Hispanic students and American Indian students in the nation. 

The College takes pride in its outreach to medically underserved communities in Albuquerque and across the state. 

Our tuition is below national and regional averages. We offer in-state tuition to non-resident students after the first year of pharmacy school. And we have a flat tuition structure – if you want to take additional classes in a semester, your tuition stays the same. That means you won’t pay more for a PE course to help you unwind or for a second degree like our combined PharmD/MBA program. Meanwhile, more than 95 percent of our graduates pass the North American Pharmacist Licensure Examination on their first try.