Liberty University College of Osteopathic Medicine - LUCOM

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General Information

Liberty University is a private, not-for-profit, faith-based, co-educational institution of higher education located in Lynchburg, Virginia. The University was founded in 1971 with the vision to build a comprehensive educational institution through which students could receive a high-quality education in a Christ-centered academic community. That vision continues under the current leadership.
  • Students practicing on a simulated patient
  • Female student checking pulse on a simulated patient
  • Arial view of LUCOM campus

Mission Statement

Liberty University College of Osteopathic Medicine (LUCOM) exists to educate osteopathic physicians in a Christian environment. LUCOM prepares physicians who dedicate themselves to excellence in osteopathic medicine through service toward their fellow man, lifelong learning, and the advancement of medical knowledge. Instilling the Christian values of integrity and professionalism, LUCOM trains physicians who will provide ethical, compassionate, competent, and patient-centered osteopathic medical care.
Facilities

Closest City Lynchburg, VA

Campus Setting

Suburban

Facilities

Atop Liberty Mountain and clearly visible from U.S. Highways 460 and 29, the Center for Medical and Health Sciences consists of approximately 140,000-square-feet across four floors. It is designed as a state-of-the-art modern learning environment with a fully equipped Center for Research and an innovative Center for Standardized Patient and Simulation. Expansive, technologically advanced Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine (OMM), Clinical Medicine, and Anatomy Labs are provided for LUCOM student-doctors to acquire knowledge and skills through observation, participation, practice, hands-on applications, and cadaveric dissection.

Sixteen small group study rooms and 12 conference rooms provide for the active learning curriculum with full electronic capability and interface within the labs, library, and auditoriums of the facility described. LUCOM’s high-end, sophisticated technology also supports two modern auditoriums that each seat 203 student doctors and provide lecture-demonstration and interactive learning.

The interaction with and professional service for patients of the region is provided by the extensive Liberty Mountain Medical Group (LMMG), down the road from the Center. The LMMG supports sports medicine, student, faculty, and staff health needs of Liberty University, as well as provides osteopathic health care to the Lynchburg metropolitan area. A primary emphasis is placed on providing service for those otherwise underserved.

Student Residence Options

Affordable housing, private apartments, and townhome complexes with amenities desirable to students and young professionals are conveniently located close to LUCOM.
Student Activities & Support Services
  • Professional organizations
  • Student Interest groups
  • Volunteer opportunities
  • Academic advising
  • Tutoring services
  • Mentorship program
Accreditation & Affiliation

COM Accreditation Status Liberty University College of Osteopathic Medicine (LUCOM) is accredited by the Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation (COCA). Liberty University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS).

University Affiliation(s) Liberty University

Student Demographics
  • 2023-2024

Academic Year Enrollment

Total Medical School Enrollment

635

Total Male

289

Total Female

345

Total Enrollment Affiliate Institutions

635

First-Year Matriculants

137

First-Year Male Matriculants

71

First-Year Female Matriculants

66

Matriculants In-State

26

Matriculants Out-of-State

111

Self-Reported Race/Ethnicity

American Indian/Alaska Native

0.0%

Asian

18.2%

Black/African American

1.5%

Hispanic/Latino

8.8%

Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander

0.0%

White

61.3%

Multiple Races

4.4%

Undisclosed

2.2%

Majors of First-Year Matriculants

Science Majors

88.0%

Non-Science Majors

12.0%

Graduate Degrees

14.6%

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Overview

Private Institution

Non-Profit

Liberty University

Institutional Affiliation

2012

Year Founded

Suburban

Campus Setting

Campus Contact

Liberty University College of Osteopathic Medicine - LUCOM

306 Liberty View Lane, Lynchburg, Virginia 24502

Address

(434) 592-7444

Phone

Admissions Office

(434) 592-7444

Phone

Curricular Offerings

LUCOM utilizes a spiral, triple-helix curriculum with an emphasis on active learning and problem solving to prepare its students to meet the competencies established by the profession, and to provide the opportunity for students to obtain the level of professional, ethical, medical knowledge, and skills required of osteopathic physicians. Early clinical experiences and medical outreach opportunities during the first two years of medical school integrate the student into the professional atmosphere and facilitate the development of professionalism through:

  • classroom lecture-demonstration
  • active and team-based learning presentations
  • hands-on laboratory sessions
  • small-group, case-based learning episodes
  • the use of standardized patients and simulation
  • guided independent study opportunities

The goals of the curriculum are to foster not only the acquisition of knowledge and skills, but also the assessment, evaluation, and application of this factual knowledge in a clinical context. LUCOM strives to produce graduates who can pursue graduate medical education in any discipline of medicine but places an emphasis on community-based medical specialties to meet the needs of underserved populations. LUCOM seeks to teach students the techniques they will require to continue to learn and grow professionally and personally throughout their lifetime.

Preparatory Programs

Preparatory/Postbaccalaureate Programs Offered

  • Bachelor of Science (BS) in Biomedical Sciences
  • Master of Science (MS) in Biomedical Sciences

Premedical Coursework

Courses below are shown as either Recommended or Required and, when applicable, include the number of semester hours needed.
Science Courses
Anatomy
Recommended

3 semester hours (Human Anatomy and Physiology)

Biochemistry
Required

3 semester hours (either Biochemistry or Cell Biology)

Biology/Zoology
Required With Lab

8 semester hours

Cell/Molecular Biology
Required

3 semester hours (either Biochemistry or Cell Biology)

Chemistry (Inorganic)
Required With Lab

8 semester hours

Chemistry (Organic)
Required With Lab

8 semester hours

Genetics
Recommended

3 semester hours

Immunology
Recommended

3 semester hours

Physics
Required With Lab

4 semester hours

Physiology
Recommended

3 semester hours (Human Anatomy and Physiology)

Additional Science Courses

Recommended:

  • Epidemiology, 3 semester hours 
  • Immunology, 3 semester hours

 

Non-Science Courses
Behavioral Sciences
Recommended

3 semester hours

College English
Required

6 semester hours

Math/Statistics
Recommended

3 semester hours

Admissions

LUCOM begins reviewing AACOMAS applications when they are available approximately in mid-June. The Admissions staff reviews all applications to ensure the following requirements are met:

  • Minimum GPA
  • Minimum MCAT scores
  • Two essay responses
  • Three letters of Recommendation (Academic, General, Physician).

The LUCOM application is returned electronically along with payment of a non-refundable application fee of $50. Applicants will be able to schedule their interview upon receipt of the LUCOM application fee. Once applicants have interviewed, their application packets are reviewed by the Admissions Committee members who vote on the outcome for each applicant (Accept, Waitlist, Reject). Applicants are then notified either by phone or email regarding the Admissions Committee’s decision within approximately 30-days.

Admissions Processes

Interview Options: Option to interview virtually or in-person

Physician letter required? MD or DO

Virtual Shadowing Options? Will accept EITHER virtual or in-person shadowing

Accepts online coursework to fulfill prerequisite requirements? Yes, but only in certain circumstances (please explain)

Per LUCOM policy, courses completed must be from an institution accredited by an agency recognized by the United States Department of Education (USDE). 

Accepts prerequisite coursework pass/fail grades? Yes

Will your institution waive MCAT exam requirements? Yes, but only in certain circumstances (please explain)

LUCOM waives the MCAT requirement for LU applicants that have been accepted into the LU MED 3+1 program. 

Accepts online lab coursework? Yes

Application Information

Primary Application Service: AACOMAS

Earliest Application Submission Date: May 6, 2024

Primary Application Deadline: March 1, 2025

Submission Timing for Best Consideration

For best consideration, applicants should submit their AACOMAS application at least four weeks prior to the deadline.

First Year Class Matriculant's Selection Factors

It is the policy of Liberty University and all of its affiliated colleges and organizations to not unlawfully engage in discrimination or harassment against any person because of race, color, religion or creed, sex, gender, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin, non-disqualifying disability, age, ancestry, marital status, veteran status, political beliefs, or affiliations. All qualified candidates are considered for admission. International students are eligible to apply.

LUCOM endeavors to recruit and admit students who are committed to serving in the rural and medically underserved areas. Admission to LUCOM is competitive, selective, and designed to advance LUCOM’s mission and vision. Any undergraduate major is acceptable as long as prerequisites are completed and taken for credit at an accredited college or university.

Completed applications are reviewed by the Admissions Committee to evaluate a candidate’s academic ability, knowledge of and commitment to the tenets of osteopathic medicine, community service, professionalism, communication skills, and personal integrity. Competitive candidates are scheduled for an interview. Admissions Committee decisions are made at various intervals during the admissions cycle.

Candidates who submit an application early and return all required documents promptly will be at an advantage in the admissions process. Decisions are usually provided within 30-days after the interview.

International Students Accepted? Accepts International Students

LUCOM accepts international students but strongly encourages each applicant to investigate the licensure and practice requirements from their originating countries. Some U.S. postgraduate training programs may not sponsor required visas.

Are Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) students considered for admissions? No

Application Interview Format: Traditional

 

Early Decision Program (EDP)

EDP Offered? No

EDP Applications Submitted To AACOMAS

Supplemental Application

Supplemental Application Required? Yes

Minimum GPA Minimum MCAT result Two essay responses Three letters of recommendation (Academic, General, Physician).

Earliest Supplemental Application Submission Date: May 20, 2024

Supplemental Application Deadline: March 15, 2025

Supplemental Application Sent To: Screened Applicants

Screened applicants: Students must have obtained not less than a 3.0 GPA overall and 3.0 GPA in sciences to be considered for admission. Applicants must have a cumulative score of at least 499 on the MCAT and have no score less than 123 to be considered for admission. 

Supplemental Application Fee: $50

Supplemental Application Fee Refundable? No

Supplemental Application Fee Waiver Available? No

Acceptances/Deposit Schedule

Earliest Acceptance Date

August 1, 2024

Latest Acceptance Date

July 25, 2025

Orientation/Start Date for First Year Students

July 16, 2025

Deferred Entrance Requests Considered? Yes

Acceptance/deposit deadlines conform to the AACOMAS Traffic Guidelines Schedule? Yes

Applicants will be requested to submit a $2,000 confirmation deposit, according to the following traffic guideline schedule:

  • Those accepted prior to November 15 will have until  December 14.  
  • Those accepted between November 15 and January 14 will have 30 days. 
  • Those accepted between January 15 and April 30 will have 14 days.   
  • Those accepted after May 1 may be asked for an immediate deposit.  
  • After May 1 of the year of matriculation, each medical college may implement college-specific procedures for accepted students who hold one or more seats at other medical colleges.
MCAT/GPA Information

Mean MCAT Score

505.5

Avg. Cum. Undergrad GPA Score

3.58

Oldest MCAT Considered: May 6, 2021

Latest MCAT Score Accepted: January 15, 2025

Accepted Sources for Letters of Recommendation

  • AACOMAS

Main Admissions Contact

Tuition, Fees & Financial Aid

2024-25 academic year

Tuition

In-State Tuition

$49,440

Out-of-State Tuition

$49,440

Fees

Annual Fees

In-State Resident Fees

$3,935

Out-of-State Resident Fees

$3,935

Health Insurance Fee

$0

Tuition Fees Include

Computer
Health Service
Lab
Student Activities
Student Services

Estimates, Deposits, and More

Estimated Annual Room Board, Books, and Living Costs

$28,414

Average Graduate Indebtedness

$265,537

Acceptance Deposit

$2,000, non-refundable

Additional Deposit

$0

Deposit Applied to Tuition? Yes

Deposit Refundable? No

Financial Aid

Percent of Enrolled Students with Financial Aid 76%

Scholarships Offered? No