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Student Demographics

Enrollment: 3,787 students in the 2013-14 academic year

Gender: 62% female, 38% male

WesternU graduated a total of 960 students from all programs in May 2014.

WesternU has more than 11,000 alumni from all programs.


Student ethnicity

White 38%
Asian 37%
Race/Ethnicity Unknown 16%
Hispanic 5%
Black or African American 3%
Native American 1%



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 Banfield 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 3,700 students in 22 degree programs, as well as more than 1,000 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 more than 400 students.


Mission Statement

To produce, in a humanistic tradition, health care professionals and biomedical
knowledge that will enhance and extend the quality of life in our communities.


University Impact

  • WesternU has more than 1,000 full-time employees, and is the fourth-largest employer in the Pomona Valley.
  • WesternU has approximately $277 million in total assets.
  • The university’s operating budget totals more than $160 million.
  • The university, its students and employees annually spend more than $35 million in the local area for goods and services.
  • Local banks receive more than $175 million annually in deposits from employees and students.
  • The university paid more than $2 million in 2012 in governmental fees and local taxes.  
  • The university received more than $12 million in research support, grants and contracts from government and private sources in 2012-13.        


Academic and Research Centers

In addition to the degree-granting programs, the university has also established other units that serve to expand its regional and national impact. These include:

Banfield, The Pet Hospital

Harris Family Center for Disability and Health Policy*

Center for Academic and Professional Enhancement

Hill’s Wellness Center

Western University Medical Center (Rancho Cucamonga)

Patient Care Center (WesternU campus):

  • Medical Center
  • Eye Care Center
  • Dental Center
  • Foot & Ankle Center
  • Pharmacy
  • Travel Health Center
  • Western Diabetes Institute

*The nationally recognized Harris Family Center for Disability and Health Policy (CDHP) provides innovative “real world” solutions and training programs designed to educate health professionals and individuals with disabilities about the improved delivery of medical care for people with disabilities.


Colleges and degree programs

College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific

Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine


College of Allied Health Professions

Master of Science in Health Sciences

Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies

Doctor of Physical Therapy (Entry Level)

Doctor of Physical Therapy (Transitional)


College of Pharmacy

Doctor of Pharmacy

Master of Science in Pharmaceutical Sciences

International Post Baccalaureate PharmD


College of Graduate Nursing

Master of Science in Nursing, Family Nurse Practitioner

Master of Science in Nursing, Clinical Nurse Leader

Master of Science in Nursing, Leadership and Management

Master of Science in Nursing – Entry

Post-Masters Family Nurse Practitioner Certificate

Master of Science in Nursing, Completion Program

Doctor of Nursing Practice


College of Veterinary Medicine

Doctor of Veterinary Medicine


College of Dental Medicine

Doctor of Dental Medicine


College of Optometry

Doctor of Optometry


College of Podiatric Medicine

Doctor of Podiatric Medicine


Graduate College of Biomedical Sciences

Master of Science, Biomedical Sciences

Master of Science, Medical Sciences