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Osteopathic Medical College Enrollment Up 6.5 Percent


Total enrollment at the nation’s osteopathic medical colleges now tops 20,600, a 6.5 percent increase over last year’s more than 19,000 students.Growth is expected to continue as new campuses are developed or complete all four years of enrollment, and as established colleges complete previously approved increases in their class sizes.

This fall, more than 5,620 new students enrolled at one of the nation’s 26 colleges of osteopathic medicine, a 3.7 percent increase over last year’s incoming class.[1]  The Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine welcomed its inaugural class of 162 students at its new branch Carolinas Campus (VCOM-CC) in Spartanburg, South Carolina. The College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific– Northwest (COMP - Northwest), located in Lebanon, Oregon, has enrolled an inaugural class of 100 students.

And, three colleges of osteopathic medicine are in development stages: Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine, Campbell University College of Osteopathic Medicine (North Carolina) and Marian University College of Osteopathic Medicine (Indiana). Each school plans to enroll entering classes of more than 100 students.

[1] The accompanying graph’s first-year enrollment includes students repeating the year, which accounts for any discrepancy between the graph and the article text.

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October 2011
Vol. 5, No. 10