While undergraduate students won’t be back on campus for another few weeks, the Marian University College of Osteopathic Medicine (MU-COM) welcomed new students on Monday, August 3 for first-year orientation. The students comprise MU-COM’s third class.
Paul Evans, D.O., dean of MU-COM, said more than 4,300 people applied for the 162 seats that were available to be filled. The result is a class that surpasses national averages of other osteopathic medical schools in nearly every measurable category:
- Average undergraduate GPA of 3.62, compared to national average of 3.53;
- Average MCAT (med school entrance exam) score of 27.53, compared to national average of 27.21;
- Average Science GPA of 3.56, compared to 3.46 national average.
There are 88 Indiana residents in MU-COM’s newest class, comprising 54% of the class. Those students can receive $10,000 annual scholarships from the State of Indiana ($40,000 total) if they remain in Indiana after graduation and practice in a primary care field in rural or underserved areas of the state.
“There is a significant shortage of doctors in Indiana,” Dr. Evans said. “It’s important that the state do all it can to retain the students graduating from its medical schools to become Indiana physicians. The Indiana General Assembly deserves to be commended for its innovative approach to incentivizing Marian University students to practice in our state.”
Of the 84 undergraduate colleges and universities represented in this year’s MU-COM class, 23 are Indiana institutions. That includes Marian University, which places five graduates in the class.
“We’ve made strategic investments in recent years in our School of Mathematics and Sciences, with the expectation that it would become a feeder for our College of Osteopathic Medicine,” Marian University President Daniel J. Elsener said. “It’s extremely rewarding to see that investment come to fruition. And I’m sure it’s motivating for our undergraduate students to know that they too will have opportunities to get accepted into some of the best graduate and professional schools in the nation if they apply themselves during their four years at Marian University.”
In total, there are students from 23 states in the class. There are also 12 non-U.S. citizens from six countries – Cameroon, Canada, India, South Korea, Vietnam, and Zimbabwe.
Students will be officially welcomed during a “White Coat Ceremony” on Sunday, August 9 at the Indiana Roof Ballroom. The White Coat Ceremony is a celebration held by more than 100 medical schools nationally, marking the beginning of a student’s journey to becoming a doctor. During the ceremony, students receive a white coat, the uniform traditionally worn by physicians across the U.S.
The Overlook at Riverdale—Marian University’s new graduate apartments—opened this week at 90 percent occupancy, with the majority of residents coming from this new class.