A Tradition of Firsts There’s little doubt that the UW School of Pharmacy has been the nation’s leader in the field. Established in 1883, the UW School of Pharmacy was the first school of pharmacy to offer a BS degree in pharmacy. The school was also the nation’s first to award doctoral degrees in pharmaceutical chemistry, pharmaceutics, the history of pharmacy, the social studies of pharmacy, and continuing education. And, the UW School of Pharmacy was one of the first schools in the country to offer a degree in pharmacy administration. Today, the school continues to build on that tradition of firsts with innovation, creativity, and a true sense of discovery — all aimed at improving the health and life of the people of Wisconsin and beyond. But, just what does that long history of firsts mean to the current student? It means a school of pharmacy that seeks to be the first to implement programs and initiatives that support students and build a sense of community within the school. It means an academic environment that provides new ways for students to achieve success. And, it means that in a world where the pharmaceutical sciences are rapidly changing, students can be assured they’re in a school that is among the first to adapt, first innovate, and first to make advancements in the field.