On July 1, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (TTUHSC) El Paso Paul L. Foster School of Medicine will welcome 104 new first-year medical students. During the 2014-2015 admissions season, more than 3600 applied, and over 530 were interviewed for the seventh entering first-year class. Manuel Schydlower, M.D., associate dean for admissions, highlighted that these students accepted for admission have very competitive credentials, and great personal attributes, capabilities and potential to become excellent doctors. Most students in the 2015 entering class are Texas residents, including 24 from El Paso. Nine are from out of state. Some of the universities represented by the new students include the University of Texas (El Paso, Austin, San Antonio, Dallas, Arlington, Pan American, Brownsville), Texas A&M (College Station, Galveston, Commerce), Brigham Young University, University of Houston, Baylor, Austin College, Duke, Rice, Emory, University of Southern California, Notre Dame, Marquette University, University of Virginia, Boston University, Yale and others. The Class of 2019 will matriculate on July 1, begin their medical studies on July 6, and have their White Coat Ceremony at the Plaza Theatre on July 18, 2015.