I think this is fairly true nationwide. If you look around the country, you will generally find that most pharmacists went to school fairly close to where you are practicing, and most pharmacy students are from relatively close to their school. Consequently, while we work together at national meetings and other means, in decisions regarding residencies and hiring, there are very good (ranked) pharmacy schools that won't get you any extra consideration in other areas of the country, aside from any geographic diversity the program desires.OTOH - I always thought everyone knew UCSF is though of as the #1 pharmacy school.
Imentioned that to someone here on the east coast and they said "oh, there's a pharmacy school at UCSF?"
name recognition only goes so far.
While UCSF is ranked by US News as the top pharmacy school in the country, that is of little consequence to someone, for example, in the Northeast or Midwest, where they may not even know anyone locally who went to UCSF, giving them a minimal barometer of the level of education.
Even if you consider US News rankings to be worth something (and I think a lot of people do not), each region will have their schools that are well thought of and those that are less so.