The University of Houston Tilman J. Fertitta Family College of Medicine will celebrate its third class of students, and largest ever, this Saturday, July 30th, during a special white coat ceremony.
The class of 60 students is twice as large as the previous two classes which each had 30 students and will continue the college’s mission to improve health and health care in underserved communities in Houston and across Texas.
“The incoming class of 2026 is twice the size of our first two classes and will be the first one to start its medical school journey in our new building with its state-of-the-art learning and research facilities,” said Dr. Stephen J. Spann, founding dean of the Tilman J. Fertitta Family College of Medicine. “I am grateful for our tremendous growth and look forward to formally welcoming these 60 very talented, diverse and passionate students into the medical profession with their first white coat.”
The students were accepted from more 3,500 applications. The class is 63% female and 37% male. Nearly two-thirds of the students are considered underrepresented in medicine (URiM) as 33% of the class is Black and 27% is Hispanic; 23% of the class is white and 13% is Asian.
All 60 students in the class are from Texas, with nearly two-thirds from the Houston area. Almost half of the students are from urban and inner-city areas. At full enrollment, the Fertitta Family College of Medicine will have 480 students.