The newest class of medical students at the University of Illinois College of Medicine Peoria is the largest ever. The 67 students in the Class of 2022 is an increase of nine over last year. All of the students also are from Illinois.

Total enrollment is currently 244 students, the largest in UICOMP history. That’s compared to 163 students in 2013 and 235 last year. While UICOMP is experiencing growth, including the addition of first-year students in 2017, class sizes remain relatively small compared to most medical schools across the U.S., a point of pride for UICOMP and celebrated by students.

New students will recite an oath and receive their white medical coat during a ceremony on Friday welcoming them to Peoria and into the medical profession.

Renovation continues on the UICOMP campus this year with a new classroom and plans are being finalized for improvements to an on-campus clinic. A philanthropic drive, IGNITE: The Campaign for Peoria Medicine, is underway to raise funds for the additional upgrades. Last year, more than $3 million was spent in renovations to create a new anatomy wing, a technology-rich classroom and student oasis, and a virtual reality lab.