According to the Preliminary Enrollment Report-Fall 2014, released this month by AACOM’s Research, Recruitment, and Special Projects Department, osteopathic medical college new student enrollment grew by 5.2 percent over enrollment in 2013. The growth in first-year student matriculation brings the total enrollment at osteopathic medical colleges to 24,615, an increase of 6.7 percent over fall 2013.
This growth can be accounted for by the new osteopathic medical school and the two new additional teaching locations enrolling their first classes this fall:
- Liberty University College of Osteopathic Medicine (LUCOM) in Lynchburg, VA
- Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine (OU-HCOM) Dublin Campus in Dublin, OH
- Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine – New York (TouroCOM-NY) Middletown Campus in Middletown, NY
Currently, more than 20 percent of U.S. medical students are studying to become osteopathic physicians. This percentage is expected to increase as application numbers continue to rise, new campuses are developed, and as established colleges continue to expand with increases in their class sizes.