Let's face it, med school is not a walk in the park.
So when students are applying, how good does this sound?
“You can come to ACOM and you can also live 150-yards away with a lot of your fellow classmates,” said Philip Reynolds, the Associate Dean of Student Services at ACOM.
ACOM, or the Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine, is set to open this August. The medical college is affiliated with Southeast Alabama Medical Center and can hold a class of 162 students. It is 1 of only 34 osteopathic universities in the nation.
“There are very few osteopathic med schools in the country that can claim they have student housing on campus and so that's a huge benefit for us, even on the recruiting side,” said Reynolds.
It’s a benefit that is clearly attracting students. They've looked though about 2700 applications, interviewed 400 candidates, and received 100 deposits.
“We are anticipating having a diverse community of students and we know that we have the kind of apartments that they need,” said Jennifer Dilley, Vice President of Student Affairs at Corvias Campus Living.
At Corvias Campus Living, they know medical schools don't have typical students. They prepared 1 and 2 bedroom apartments for a variety of ages, even families.
“We will have a meditation garden, a lap pool, there will be a club house that is open 24 hours for the students,” said Dilley.
Other on-site amenities include 24/7 wireless access, a "tot lot,” and an area for pets. Everything is geared towards helping students focus on their education and not a commute.