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St. Louis College of Pharmacy Celebrates 150 Years

Published on 01 June 2015

This year marks the 150th anniversary for St. Louis College of Pharmacy.  In honor of Founder’s Day on November 11, the College has planned several activities in the St. Louis region.

“This is an incredibly exciting moment in the College’s history,” says President John A. Pieper, Pharm.D. “We’re celebrating our rich history while also looking towards the future.”

The College’s sesquicentennial offers an opportunity to reflect on its long history of educating outstanding health care professionals who have gone on to be leaders in pharmacy and in their communities. Three out of every four pharmacists in the St. Louis region are graduates of the College. There are also alumni in all 50 states and many countries around the globe.

“Our goal is to educate and develop pharmacists who are cutting-edge practitioners,” Pieper says. “Not only are they caring for their patients, they’re passionate about the role of pharmacists in improving health care.”

Signs of the College’s progress are going up on campus with the construction of a 213,000 sq. ft. academic and research building and library. The state-of-the-art facility will include more than 30,000 sq. ft. of research space. The new building, along with the College’s location, gives students unprecedented education, research, and practice opportunities.

The sesquicentennial events include:


Student pharmacists will be distributing important health information to the lunch-time crowd in the Central West End.  This year’s message will focus on encouraging both patients and other health care providers to build a relationship with a pharmacist.

“Pharmacists are a patient’s ally in health care,” Pieper says. “We’re the medication experts on the interprofessional health care team. Knowing all of the services a pharmacist can perform, including health screenings and medication reviews, will help patients get the most from their medication.”


STLCOP C.A.R.E.S. (Community Awareness Reaching Everyone in St. Louis) is a student-organized day of community service. Students, faculty, staff, and alumni provide health screenings at local pharmacies, clean up the lush green space of Forest Park, and participate at other volunteer locations throughout the metro area. 

“This is our signature event each year,” Pieper says. “With more than 1,300 students volunteering their time over the weekend, I know we’ll make a positive impact in the lives of many people in our region.”


More than 100 runners and walkers will start on the College’s Quadrangle and then race through one of the world’s preeminent health care complexes and out into Forest Park before heading back to the College to cross the finish line.

“This will be a fun, family-focused event which reinforces the College’s connection to some of the region’s outstanding assets and the great Central West End neighborhood,” Pieper says.


A Black Tie Gala will celebrate the College in grand style while recognizing historic achievements from the past 150 years. Proceeds from the Sesquicentennial Gala will support the St. Louis College of Pharmacy Career Development Center, a resource for students and alumni.

“I believe the center will be an indispensable asset for our students and alumni,” Pieper says. “Students graduate from the College prepared to take on the rapidly expanding role of a pharmacist in our health care system. This will help them even more.”


A special academic celebration will mark the day of the College’s founding, highlight the history of the College, and also look at the future of the institution and the profession of pharmacy. The event features Dr. John A. Gans, former executive vice president and chief executive officer of the American Pharmacists Association and dean emeritus, Philadelphia College of Pharmacy, who will talk about the role of the College in establishing and advancing pharmacy education in the United States. All faculty members will be present in their academic regalia and the College will be awarding three commemorative sesquicentennial medals to honor the meritorious accomplishments of three nationally renowned pharmacy leaders.   

“For 150 years, the College’s top-notch academic program has prepared students for success,” Pieper says. “We are continuing that with a curriculum designed to prepare students for a wide variety of career paths. One way we’re doing that is by exposing our students to some of the best, forward-thinking leaders in the profession.”

About St. Louis College of Pharmacy: For more than 150 years, St. Louis College of Pharmacy has been committed to educating the best pharmacists in the United States. The region’s only independent college of pharmacy, St. Louis College of Pharmacy is the third oldest continuously operating and 10th largest college of pharmacy in America. The student body is comprised of 1,400 students, 40 percent of which are minority or multicultural. The students come to the College from 31 states and 10 countries. The College admits students directly from high school and accepts transfer students and graduates from other colleges and universities in the sophomore and junior years of the undergraduate program and the first year of the professional program. Students earn a Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) with an integrated Bachelor of Science degree in a seven-year curriculum. An education at the College opens up the world to graduates for a career in a wide range of practice settings. Graduates have a 100 percent job placement rate. The campus is transforming to better fit the needs of students, faculty, and staff. This summer, a new six-story, 213,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art academic and research building opened. Construction is underway for a seven-story student center, residence hall, and recreation facility scheduled for completion in December 2016. When not in class, students can participate in more than 60 organizations, fraternities, intramurals, and sports. The College competes in 12 NAIA Division I sports. College alumni practice throughout the nation and in 13 different countries, providing a strong network to assist students with their goals. Additional information is available at