All applicants must apply online via the centralized application service administered by the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine Application Service (AACOMAS). AACOMAS verifies and distributes the primary application to the osteopathic colleges designated by the student. The AACOMAS application service is available in early May and applications are released to ACOM in mid-June.
Original transcripts should be sent directly to AACOMAS. Applicants must also release their MCAT scores (transmitted electronically) from AAMC to AACOMAS. Applicants can find the application instructions online and submit an application by going to aacomas.aacom.org.
Have questions? The AACOMAS Customer Service phone number is (617) 618-2889 and is available 9am – 5pm EST, Monday through Friday. The email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Admissions Committee reviews all verified applications and students who meet our admissions criteria will be asked to submit a supplemental application with supporting materials. Supplemental applications, and all required documents, must be received by ACOM prior to April 15 to be considered. However, early submission is strongly recommended as interviews begin in early August and decisions are made on a rolling basis.
- Complete and submit the primary (AACOMAS) application. Verified applications are screened for minimum academic requirements. Selected applicants will receive an email with a link to complete an online supplemental (secondary) application.
- Complete the Supplemental Application and pay the $50 nonrefundable Supplemental Application Fee. ACOM does recognize the AACOMAS fee waiver for approved applicants.
- Submit the two (2) required essays as part of the Supplemental Application.
- Submit the required letters of recommendation (evaluations). These letters can be submitted as part of the AACOMAS application process, uploaded into Interfolio, or emailed to the ACOM Office of Admissions. (Details on requirements for letters of recommendation are below.)
- CASPer ONLINE ASSESSMENT (REQUIRED): Applicants who have received a request to complete the Supplemental Application must take the online CASPer assessment. CASPer is an online test which assesses for non-cognitive skills and interpersonal characteristics that we believe are important for successful students and graduates of our program and will complement the other tools that we use for applicant screening. In implementing CASPer, we are trying to further enhance fairness and objectivity in our selection process. You can visit takecasper.com to find out more information.
An application is considered complete once all of the required documents/assessments have been received. Completed applications are reviewed using standards set by the Admissions Committee (see Application Review Process for more details). This review process usually takes a few weeks. The Director of Admissions will send invitations to students who qualify for an on-campus interview based on these standards. Applicants selected for interviews receive an email invitation to schedule an interview.
Letters of Recommendation
Applicants must submit specific letters of recommendation. Please follow the guidelines listed below to ensure timely processing.
- Applicants must submit a letter of recommendation (LOR) from a physician (DO is preferred). Letters should provide details of the applicant’s exposure to patients and their ability to perform in a medical setting. It can reflect shadowing, volunteering, or work experience.
- Applicants must submit one (1) pre-med advisor or committee letter that includes the names and departments of the committee members. If an advisory or committee letter is not available, then two academic letters from science faculty must be submitted.
- All letters should be signed and on letterhead.
- Science letters must be written by college science professors who have instructed the applicant in the required science courses or recommended upper-level science courses. These letters should be on letterhead with academic credentials in the signature line. Letters should also include the course title in which the evaluator taught. Applicants should inform faculty of these requirements when requesting letters. ACOM only accepts letters from instructors of biology, chemistry, or physics.
- Letters from social science (e.g., psychology, sociology, etc.) or math professors will not count toward this requirement. Letters from laboratory and research instructors will not meet the requirement.
- Non-traditional students who have been out of college for more than 2 years and have not taken recent prerequisite or other classes must provide a letter from their immediate supervisor/employer and the required physician letter.
- Letters that do not count toward completion of the admission file include: letters from relatives, spouses, family friends, coaches, personal trainers, veterinarians, dentists, your family physician or pediatrician (unless you have shadowed or worked with the physician).
Important Dates and Deadlines for the 2020-2021 Application Cycle
AACOMAS Application Portal Opens
AACOMAS Applications are Available to ACOM
ACOM Begins Applicant Interviews
First Seat Deposit Deadline
AACOMAS Application Deadline
Supplemental Application and Supporting Documents Deadline