Beyond ACPHS

College can be challenging, but so is the process of selecting a college.

By now you’ve heard about our outstanding faculty, strong academic programs, and high-quality facilities. But many colleges tout those things.

What makes ACPHS stand apart from the rest? With so many options, why is ACPHS the best one? 

Take a step beyond ACPHS to learn about the opportunities and resources we provide outside the typical framework. Read about what makes the ACPHS experience so unique.

Two Culture-rich Locations

Albany Campus
Our Albany Campus is located in a corridor that boasts an abundance of educational institutions, health care facilities, and research laboratories. Adjacent to the College is Albany Law School; across the street is Albany Medical College; and next door is the Sage College of Albany.

Three major hospitals are located within walking distance: Albany Medical Center, St. Peter’s Hospital, and the Stratton VA Medical Center.

Add to that the Wadsworth Center (the public health laboratory run by the New York Department of Health), and you have a dynamic mix of expertise and opportunities at your fingertips.

Vermont Campus
Head to our Colchester, Vermont Campus, and you will find a very different environment, but one no less appealing. From its location on a hill overlooking Lake Champlain, students on the Vermont Campus enjoy views of the lake and surrounding mountains worthy of postcards.

A quick car ride takes you to Burlington’s famed Church Street, an eclectic mix of shopping and dining that is the quintessential Vermont experience - complete with a visit to Ben and Jerry's!

Nearby is the state’s largest hospital (Fletcher Allen Health Care) and largest college (University of Vermont). Head north, and you will find some of the best skiing in the Northeast. Need we continue?

Make a Global Impact

As the world continues to shrink, the importance of having a global perspective has never been greater.

Such a perspective not only makes you a more informed person, but it will make you a better professional when you interact with people from different backgrounds.

We believe so strongly in the importance of providing global opportunities for our students that we made it one of the seven goals in the College’s Strategic Plan.

Nearly 100 ACPHS students traveled abroad in the 2012-13 academic year, visiting countries in Asia, Europe, Africa, and South America. From setting up rural health clinics to working with local schoolchildren, our students are making a difference in the world, and transforming their own lives in the process.

And what if international travel isn’t your thing? No worries. Through our Office of Global Initiatives, you can get a taste of international customs and cultures through a variety of events held right here on campus.

The Opportunity for Hands-On Research

If you have an interest in pursuing graduate school, want to learn more about how we diagnose and treat diseases, or simply enjoy working on puzzles, research may be a good fit for you.

Here’s the problem. At most schools, genuine hands-on research opportunities are not typically available to undergraduate students. At ACPHS, our size, combined with the passion our faculty has for nurturing students’ research interests, leads to exciting research opportunities.

Initiatives such as our Summer Research Program help further stoke those fires by paying stipends for students who pursue research projects with ACPHS faculty members.

And if you don’t think research is for you, keep an open mind. There are many students who arrived at the College thinking the same thing, only to reverse course after getting a taste for working in a lab. You don’t know till you try.

Award-Winning Dedication to Our Communities

One thread that ties together the students of the College – regardless of their academic program – is a desire to help people.

It’s no doubt a major reason why community service is such a huge part of the campus culture, both in Albany and Vermont. Whether through individual activities or organized programs, each year ACPHS students participate in an estimated 23,000 hours of community service!

That spirit can be seen in events like the annual Relay for Life, which raised a school-record $43,769 for the American Cancer Society in 2013, a total that placed ACPHS third in the country among schools with enrollments of less than 2,500 students.

It’s also on display at the student-led Health and Wellness Expo which attracts hundreds of people to the campus each fall for free health screenings and other health-related information.

It’s perhaps then no surprise that ACPHS was named to the 2013 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. This prestigious designation is the highest honor a college or university can receive for its commitment to volunteering, service-learning, and civic engagement.

Direct Access To 7,000 ACPHS Alumni

In 2000, there were only 81 accredited pharmacy schools and programs in the United States.

Today there are approximately 130.

As a College founded in 1881, we have a demonstrated, long-term commitment to the profession of pharmacy and the related health sciences. What does that mean to you? Among other things, it means you have direct access to a network of 7,000 ACPHS alumni throughout the world, 97% of whom are employed in the health care field.

So when you are looking for rotation sites, employment opportunities, residencies/fellowships, or just want to pick someone’s brain, your status as an ACPHS student or graduate will open up thousands of doors that others can’t access.

It’s the type of health care network that few schools can match and one that may be the difference in landing your dream job or taking the next step along your career path.

Secure a Job BEFORE Graduation

You go to College to get an excellent education. But let’s be honest, you expect that education will lead to a job upon graduation. For those who plan to continue their education after College, your paths may be different, but your expectations are the same.

At ACPHS, we are proud that not only do most of our graduates find employment by, or shortly after, graduation, many of them have jobs secured BEFORE leaving school. In a survey of members of the Class of 2012 before their graduation, 73% of respondents indicated that they had already lined up a job.

Each year, many other students successfully continue their education through residencies, fellowships, medical school, or other graduate programs. As one respondent summed up so well: “I feel that the curriculum has set me up for a wonderful future.” What more is there to say?