The year was 1924. Ribeirão Preto was still living through one of its wealthiest decades, being known worldwide thanks to its coffee farms. It was the land of kings and queens, of barons and baronesses of coffee.

During this remarkable although ephemeral time, a group of cultured, intelligent and foresighted men realized that material fortune and economical wealth are transitory but culture is eternal.

Those friends assembled on June 1st of that year and founded the School of Pharmacy and Dentistry of Ribeirão Preto, becoming the forerunners of the higher education at the High Mogiana region – northeast of São Paulo state. On March 5th, 1928, at the eve of the graduation ceremony of the first class of Pharmacy and Dentistry students, both courses were validated by an official act of the Minister of Justice.

Until December 6th, 1958 the school was managed by the Ribeirão Preto Teaching Association, when it was incorporated by São Paulo Government and integrated into the state’s Higher Education System as an Isolated Institute. Francisco Degni was nominated its first director.

On December 30th 1974 it was integrated into the University of São Paulo, moving to a new installation located at the University’s campus.

Although with 2 distinct courses, it has remained as only one entity until 1983 when, by March 10th it was split into the School of Pharmaceutical Sciences of Ribeirão Preto and the Ribeirão Preto School of Dentistry.