LYNCHBURG, Va. (WFXR) — The Liberty University College of Osteopathic Medicine (LUCOM) is making history with the largest incoming class.

Last week, 162 new osteopathic medicine students were greeted in a week-long orientation to get to know the faculty and staff of the university. The orientation helps students understand what the program entails both academically and professionally, learn the LUCOM culture, and join in activities.

“You will be able to assist in God’s incredible gift of life, birthing and caring for babies, caring for families in crisis, performing surgeries, and care for the mind, body, and spirit of patients. Breathe the sigh of relief that you now have two feet in through the front door,” said Joseph R. Johnson, DO, FACOOG (Dist), dean and professor of obstetrics and gynecology.

During the pandemic, LUCOM’s Office of Admissions worked to bring in the new class. The department received over 4,400 applications; reviewed 1,562 secondary applications; interviewed 548 candidates online; and then selected 162 students into the new class of 2025.

“These next four years will undoubtedly be — simultaneously — the most difficult and the most rewarding years of your life thus far … take deep breaths, live one moment at a time,” Johnson advised. “In this field, the days are long, but the years are short. Don’t forget to enjoy them. Don’t forget to embrace every single day you are living this honor and privilege. I’ll be right here, witnessing this amazing journey you’re about to embark on. On behalf of the dean’s office, your faculty professors, your staff, and your fellow student colleagues welcome to Liberty University College of Osteopathic Medicine, Class of 2025.”

This is the eighth class which consists of 155 students representing 30 states and seven international students from five foreign countries. Pennsylvania, California, Florida, Texas, New York, and Virginia are the top six states.

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