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First Day of School at Pacific Northwest University

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YAKIMA, Wash. -- Pacific Northwest University's inuagural class of 75 students are scheduled to start classes Monday morning.

Administrators say the 75 students are a fraction of what the university will have ten years from now. They expect the osteopathic school of medicine to be the first of several medically-related schools on campus.

76 percent of the incoming class are from the pacific northwest. Administrators say they hope many of them will stay in the area after graduation because 38 out of 39 counties in Washington are considered to be "medically underserved".

Based on the number of applications the medical school received for its open seats, it is the third-toughest osteopathic school of medicine to get into nationwide.

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