On a summer day in June of 1863, in the mountains of Appalachia, the state of West Virginia was born. As our forefathers welcomed the state into the Union, they did so with an eye to the future and a promise for its new citizens: a promise of a better life, of health and prosperity, and of liberty and freedom. With this freedom came opportunity, the opportunity for a future bound only by one’s imagination.

Determined to fulfill the promise of a future of better health, West Virginia University—the state’s flagship land-grant institution—established the Department of Pharmacy in 1914. Growing from a department to a fully accredited School of Pharmacy, the School focused on the development of safer and more effective treatments, the prevention and cure of disease, the management of chronic illness through medication therapy, and the creation of a legion of professionally educated pharmacists.

Our humble beginnings, scattered about in the classrooms of a small, three-story brick building, were the foundation for greatness. For almost a century, the WVU School of Pharmacy has worked diligently to build and improve academic programs and community-based initiatives designed to fulfill its promise of better health for West Virginians. As the State’s oldest and most comprehensive pharmacy program, the School has an ensemble of stellar faculty, offers an innovative student-centered curriculum, conducts cutting-edge research, and provides health and wellness services to our rural communities.

Today the School has grown into a distinguished institution, recently ranked No. 26 in the Best Health Schools – Pharmacy category of the U.S. News & World Report’s 2013 edition of “America’s Best Graduate Schools.”

The School prepares future pharmacy professionals for a contemporary, patient-centered practice. West Virginia’s high prevalence of chronic diseases—such as diabetes and hypertension—drug abuse and misuse, and a host of unhealthy lifestyle choices have created public health challenges. The WVU School of Pharmacy must remain agile and responsive and must constantly evolve to meet these healthcare needs.

Transforming the education of our healthcare leaders of tomorrow requires the support of many. We invite you—our alumni and friends—to join us for A State of Minds: The Campaign for West Virginia’s University as we continue to fulfill our promise… a journey of innovation and collaboration in education, research, and service that leads to a future of better health.

The Trajectory of Success

As the oldest, most established pharmacy school in the Mountain State, the School of Pharmacy is an integral part of WVU’s academic Health Sciences Center (HSC). The HSC offers programs at three campuses: Morgantown, Charleston, and Martinsburg, West Virginia.

The School is committed to transforming the education of future pharmacists and advancing research to conquer and prevent disease. We offer a curriculum that embodies the most current knowledge creating an environment that encourages cutting-edge research, discovery, and innovation. With more than 300 applicants per year for 90 openings, the WVU School of Pharmacy attracts the brightest students in the nation, creating a diverse academic population with unparalleled opportunity for inter-professional training and exceptional educational experiences.

Priorities for Tomorrow

A strong sense of momentum is pervasive throughout the School of Pharmacy. With your help, the School will continue to grow and innovate, offering our students a world-class education that prepares them to respond to ever-changing, ever-expanding global health needs.

  • Student Enrichment
  • Faculty Enrichment
  • Facility Improvements
  • The Cook-Hayman Pharmacy Museum
  • A Transformative Gift: Naming the School of Pharmacy

To learn more about these funding priorities download the WVU School of Pharmacy campaign brochure or contact Susan Trantham at 304-293-7731. To learn more about the WVU School of Pharmacy visit