WesternU Facts 2016-17

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Colleges

College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific
COMP - Northwest Campus
College of Allied Health Professions
College of Pharmacy
College of Graduate Nursing
College of Veterinary Medicine
College of Dental Medicine
College of Optometry
College of Podiatric Medicine
Graduate College of Biomedical Sciences


Overview

Western University of Health Sciences

Pomona, California campus: 309 E. Second St.,
Pomona, CA 91766-1854
909-623-6116

Lebanon, Oregon campus: 200 Mullins Drive,
Lebanon, OR 97355
541-259-0200

Official name

Western University of Health Sciences
or the abbreviation WesternU.

Student Demographics

Enrollment: 3,839 students in the 2016-17 academic year
Gender: 60% female, 40% male
WesternU graduated a total of 1086 students from all programs in 2017.
WesternU has more than 14,460 alumni from all programs.

Student ethnicity

  • White 38%
  • Asian 33%
  • Race/Ethnicity Unknown 6%
  • Hispanic 12%
  • Black or African American 3%
  • Other 8%

History

Western University of Health Sciences embarked on a special mission when it opened its doors in 1977 as the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific (COMP): Educating tomorrow's health-care professionals with a combination of scientific excellence and a humanistic, compassionate approach to patient care.

From an inaugural class of 36 students in 1978, enrollment in COMP had by 1986 grown to more than 400. That same year, the addition of the Master of Science in Health Professions Education program paved the way for what would become the College of Allied Health Professions. Meanwhile, the University continued acquiring former Pomona Mall buildings, remodeling them and converting them to educational use.

The campus kept growing over the next 10 years, with enrollment jumping dramatically in 1996, when the addition of a College of Pharmacy coincided with the campus' name change to Western University of Health Sciences.

1998 was another landmark year for WesternU, as the College of Graduate Nursing was founded in March, and the College of Veterinary Medicine - the first veterinary college in Southern California - was established just five months later.

WesternU's first foundation-up construction project, the Veterinary Clinical Center, opened its doors in August 2008. One year later, the University welcomed inaugural classes in three new colleges - Dental Medicine, Optometry and Podiatric Medicine. In conjunction with that academic expansion, the University further expanded the physical campus, erecting a 180,000-square-foot Health Education Center, a Patient Care Center, and a 600-car parking garage. A ninth school, the Graduate College of Biomedical Sciences, welcomed its inaugural class in January 2010.

Today, WesternU is home to more than 3,800 students in 22 degree programs, as well as more than 1,100 employees, and is one of the most thriving enterprises in the Pomona and Inland valleys. Its campus, encompassing 22 acres, has helped transform downtown Pomona into a thriving mix of retail, commercial and educational enterprises.

WesternU also is making its mark beyond the boundaries of the Pomona campus, thanks to the addition of a Pacific Northwest campus in Lebanon, Oregon. This campus, known as COMP-Northwest, welcomed its inaugural class of 107 osteopathic medical students in July 2011, and has grown to a full enrollment of 400-plus students.



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