Founders Day has become one of the University’s most important traditions, where the campus community unites to reflect on all those who have contributed to the University’s rich history and celebrate our bright future.
Join us on Friday, Nov. 10 for a day of service, celebration and fun as we come together to honor our rich history.
Start the day serving the St. Louis community. Then, celebrate in the afternoon with on-campus activities, including a photobooth, face painters, balloon artists, caricature artists and a food truck.
Our Foundational History
When University of Health Sciences and Pharmacy in St. Louis was founded in 1864 as St. Louis College of Pharmacy, it became the first college of pharmacy west of the Mississippi River and added to a long history of health education in the region.
Since then, the University has played an integral role in the advancement of health sciences education.
Through times of war, economic depression and pandemics, the University has persevered and triumphed with innovation, evolution and the pioneering spirit of its founding. The University’s constant pursuit of excellence, insatiable curiosity and commitment to its students and community have always been the guiding light for our growth and expansion.
A History of Service
As a health care-focused institution, building communities and improving patient care is at the core of our identity. Students and faculty at the University are tackling some of society’s most pressing challenges.
A longstanding tradition of UHSP Founders Day is UHSP C.A.R.E.S. (Community Awareness Reaching Everyone in St. Louis) which was established in 2001 by members of the Student Pharmacists Association. Since then, it has grown to include hundreds of students, faculty and staff volunteering their time each fall at sites across the region.
During the event, UHSP students, faculty and staff volunteer at community service sites throughout the St. Louis area where they provide health consultations, clean up the lush green space of Forest Park and participate at other locations throughout the metro area.
In the spirit of service and giving back, the Founders Day Giving Challenge, our dedicated day of giving, is a great way to celebrate Founders Day while supporting current and future generations of UHSP students.