Quote from chudder
It seems to me that "respect and understanding" is one thing, while "embracing" is another thing altogether. They require a letter of recommendation from a spiritual advisor or pastor; do they not welcome atheist applicants?
I can safely say after attending the open house for LLUMC that any atheist that wants to get accepted should make friends with a pastor who will write a glowing letter of recommendation. Then I would never admit that I was an atheist. The Dean of Medicine was the main speaker (the "open house" was a mini worship service, held in the sanctuary with songs o_O), and he said people that were not 'spiritual' should consider other options for higher education. So yeah... I don't think you have a very good chance of being admitted if you are openly atheist. I could be wrong, but that was the definite vibe I was getting.