Facts and Figures

Facts and Figures

A Capsule History

LIU Pharmacy (The Arnold & Marie Schwartz College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences), the oldest unit of LIU, was founded in 1886 (under its original name, The Brooklyn College of Pharmacy) by a group of pharmacists and physicians who had organized themselves as the Kings County Pharmaceutical Society.

In 1929 the College first affiliated with the relatively young LIU (1926) for the purpose of awarding degrees. This affiliation eventually led to a full corporate merger of the College of Pharmacy and the University along with the relocation of the College to the Brooklyn campus of LIU in 1976.

LIU Pharmacy Firsts

  • First radioisotope laboratory in a New York State college of pharmacy.
  • First college of pharmacy in the United States to participate in the African Scholarship Program of American Universities.
  • First Chair in the History and Science and Technology in a college of pharmacy in the United States.
  • First M.S. in Pharmacy Administration graduate program in New York State.
  • First university-based drug information center in the New York City metropolitan area.
  • First M.S. in Drug Information and Communication graduate program in the United States.
  • First M.S. in Drug Regulatory Affairs graduate program in the United States.

Programs of Study Offered by LIU Pharmacy

  • Doctor of Pharmacy
  • Doctor of Pharmacy/Master of Business Administration
  • B.P.S. in Pharmaceutical StudiesPh.D. in Pharmaceutics
  • Ph.D. in Pharmaceutics
  • M.S. in Pharmaceutics with Specialization in Industrial Pharmacy
  • M.S. in Pharmaceutics with Specialization in Cosmetic Sciences
  • M.S. in Pharmacology and Toxicology
  • M.S. in Drug Regulatory Affairs

Research Institutes at LIU Pharmacy

  • The Lachman Institute for Pharmaceutical Analysis promotes the educational and research mission of the college by supporting faculty research, fostering graduate school training and providing a venue for industry-supported research.
  • The Joan B. and Samuel J. Williamson Institute for Pharmacometrics trains graduate students to use computer-based predictive models of drug safety and efficacy to improve the efficiency of drug development. It will be one of the first pharmacometric training programs of its kind in the country.
  • The Natoli Engineering Institute for Industrial Pharmacy Development and Research partners industrial scientists with academia to conduct meaningful research on problems associated with solid dosage forms and instrumentation.

Service Units at LIU Pharmacy

  • The International Drug Information Center (IDIC) of LIU Pharmacy provides evidence-based, up-to-date, accurate, and unbiased information about medications, pharmaceuticals, drug products, and dietary supplements to a varied client base including pharmacists, physicians, nurses, other healthcare professionals, pharmaceutical companies, attorneys, law enforcement agencies, pharmacy benefit managers, poison control centers, and other institutional and organizational clientele.
  • LIU Pharmacy’s Department of Continuing Professional Education serves pharmacists and pharmacy technicians in advancing their continuing professional development by providing live and web-based continuing professional education (CPE) activities. Our in-person live CPE activities are available at convenient locations in the New York City metropolitan area. Participation in these live offerings affords valuable networking occasions in addition to advancing your professional development. Our on-demand web-based CPE activities are available whenever and wherever you have an Internet connection. Featuring a wide range of topics these activities are designed for completion at your own convenience and pacing.


771 Doctor of Pharmacy students
(60.7% women, 39.3% men)

277 Graduate Students (M.S. and Ph.D.)
(54.2% women, 45.8% men)

Involved Students

LIU Pharmacy students are actively involved in more than 20 professional and service organizations, fraternities and societies housed in the College.

Do you know…

For many years, LIU’s basketball team played their games in the gymnasium on the sixth floor of the former pharmacy building. The gym, known as the “Druggist’s Den,” was painted white while LIU wore black uniforms. This led Tom Meany, then a sportswriter for the New York Telegram, to write that the LIU players moved around the court like “a pack of blackbirds.” Legendary LIU basketball coach Clair Bee loved the allusion and the name stuck. The Blackbirds were nearly invincible in the “Druggist’s Den,” amassing 222 wins to just three losses on the pharmacy court in 20 seasons under Coach Bee. The LIU Brooklyn athletic teams were known as the Blackbirds until 2019, when Long Island University merged its athletic programs across all campuses into one unified NCAA Division I program – the Sharks.


LIU Pharmacy
Arash T. Dabestani