Welcome Letter

I welcome you to our Downers Grove Campus and your new academic community. The students of Midwestern University represent a dynamic group of individuals who share a passion for learning, a personal drive that prepares them for a long and successful professional healthcare career, and a commitment to excellence. Midwestern University is a special place, and our students are active participants within the campus and external community.

It is our philosophy that students learn within our team environment by studying and sharing experiences with peers while being mentored and coached by our faculty and staff. At Midwestern University, the commitment to excellence in education is the ultimate goal of mine and the entire University Leadership Team, which takes a personal interest in the quality of education while providing a safe and secure environment in which to live and learn.

What makes us special? Our foundation is the strong faculty and staff who work diligently to provide you with outstanding educational opportunities. We believe in a continuum of education that begins as you enter Midwestern and never ends. It is our mission to provide you with the best education to prepare you to serve in your chosen career.

Midwestern University makes a commitment to its students that they will be intellectually prepared to serve the community as healthcare professionals who have the skills, ability, and leadership to meet the changing demands of healthcare. I am proud to say that our students and alumni reflect the positive human values we believe are essential within the changing healthcare environment in order to make a significant contribution to society. Our students care about their patients as well as their colleagues and families.

Midwestern University provides you with dedicated faculty who excel in teaching, research, and service. The University exists to preserve, extend, and transmit knowledge and deepen understanding of the health and well-being of the human person. Our tradition of excellence is based on a long legacy of dedicated teachers and professionals who have demanded academic excellence and respect for the dignity of the whole person.

Our colleges are known for their innovation and excellence in education. As a student within the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine, the College of Pharmacy, Downers Grove Campus, the College of Health Sciences, the College of Graduate Studies, the College of Dental Medicine-Illinois, or the Chicago College of Optometry, I know you will find our values and beliefs to be consistent. We are one academic community working together to provide you with an outstanding education. 

I welcome you to this dynamic academic community. I hope you will find your days on the Downers Grove Campus of Midwestern University to be intellectually challenging and personally rewarding. 

Kathleen H. Goeppinger, Ph.D.
President and Chief Executive Officer