LYNCHBURG, Va. -

Liberty University's new medical school is almost ready to welcome its first students.

Classes at LU's College of Osteopathic Medicine will begin in August.  Fifth district Congressman Robert Hurt got a tour Monday from the school's dean, Ronnie Martin.

The Center for Medical and Health Sciences is located in Campbell County and features modern classrooms, labs, and simulation rooms.

"It's absolutely gorgeous and I think it's a real beautiful expression of what I think is so important about Liberty and the role it plays in our community," Hurt told reporters during his tour.

The medical school's inaugural class will have 162 students from 25 states and two countries.  They were chosen from more than 3,500 applicants.

Orientation will begin on July 30.  A public ceremony to dedicate the facility will take place in late August.