Admissions Criteria and Procedures

Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (D.O.)

The University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine evaluates applicants for admissions on individual demonstration of scholastic abilities, motivation to practice osteopathic medicine in New England, and emotional intelligence necessary to study and practice osteopathic medicine.

Enrollment in the DO Program assumes certain essential cognitive, emotional and technical skills. In addition to the academic admissions requirements, the Academic Policies and Technical Standards delineate the abilities and skills that degree candidates must possess to engage safely and competently in required learning activities.

Application for 2019

  • All applicants must apply through the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine Application Service (AACOMAS).
  • On May 3, 2018 the AACOMAS application portal opens for submission of applications.
  • February 1, 2019 is the UNE COM application deadline for electronic submission through AACOMAS.
  • All prerequisite coursework must be completed and submitted to AACOMAS for verification by January 1, 2019.
  • Interview sessions are typically held September through March on select Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays.
  • On-campus interviews are offered to qualified applicants by invitation only, and are required for admission.

Processing of applications

  • It is highly recommended for candidates to apply as early as possible in the admissions cycle to ensure consideration for invitation to interview.
  • Application is completed online and submitted electronically to AACOMAS for verification.
    • The verification process begins as soon as official transcripts from all schools attended, and are received at AACOMAS (it is the applicant’s responsibility to make sure AACOMAS has all of the documents to verify all information provided on the application).
    • AACOMAS will communicate with you via email regarding any missing documents or other concerns related to the verification of your application. (Please check your email frequently or contact AACOMAS if you are concerned about the status of your application prior to confirmation from UNE that your verified application has been received.)
  • UNE will notify you via email when we receive your verified application. Additional email communications will be sent from UNE as your status changes throughout the admissions cycle.
  • Verified applications undergo preliminary review as received.
  • Applicants are invited to interview as verified applications are reviewed.
  • Admissions are rolling and decisions are made after each interview session.
  • Upon acceptance, applicants will be asked to submit a $500 non-refundable deposit to hold your place in the class (deposit will be forfeited if student does not matriculate).
  • Following AACOMAS traffic guidelines initial non-refundable deposit deadlines are:
    • If you were accepted prior to November 15, your deposit deadline is December 14.
    • If you were accepted between November 15 and January 14, your eposit deadline is 30 days after acceptance.
    • If you were accepted between January 15 and May 14, your deposit deadline is 14 days after acceptance.
    • If you were accepted after May 15 you deposit is requested immediately.
  • A second deposit of $1,500 will also be required. The second deposit is refundable until May 1, after which it will be forfeited if the student does not matriculate.

Note: All materials submitted as part of the application become the property of UNE and will not be returned or released to anyone, including the applicant. This policy includes letters of reference, primary and secondary applications, personal statements, transcripts, and any other supporting materials.

For specific academic dates, please view the UNE Academic Calendar.


Admissions Requirements

Applicants to the University of New England’s College of Osteopathic Medicine are judged on their demonstration of scholastic abilities, motivation to practice osteopathic medicine in New England, and the emotional stability necessary to study and practice osteopathic medicine. Admission will be denied to applicants who fail to maintain a good scholastic record and personal conduct during the period between their acceptance and matriculation.

Prerequisite Courses





General Biology




General Chemistry








Organic Chemistry












Behavioral Sciences1

(Courses in psychology, sociology, and anthropology, only, will fulfill this prerequisite)




1AP credits will only be accepted for English and Behavioral Science prerequisite (3 credits each). No AP credits will be accepted for science prerequisites. International Baccalaureate credits, CLEP exams and other test credits are not accepted.


  • Upper level coursework can be accepted to fulfill general science requirements.
  • UNE COM will accept the online science courses offered through UNE’s Online Science Prerequisites.
  • All prerequisite courses must be completed with a grade of  “C” or better (”C-­”grades are not acceptable).  Pass/Fail coursework will not be accepted for prerequisite requirements.
  • Prerequisite coursework must be completed by January 1 of the matriculation year. Please include any in-progress or planned coursework in your American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine Application Service (AACOMAS) application.  Planned or in-progress prerequisites not listed on the AACOMAS application will result in not meeting our minimum requirements.
  • Additional coursework in Genetics, Behavioral Sciences, Humanities, Math/Statistics, Cell/Molecular, Biology, Anatomy, or Physiology are recommended.

Minimum requirements for application to UNE COM:

  • 90 semester hours or 75 percent credit towards a baccalaureate degree from a US regionally accredited university, or international equivalent, at time of application resulting in a degree awarded prior to matriculation
  • Cumulative GPA of 2.8 or better and a science GPA of 2.8 or better as calculated by AACOMAS at time of application
  • Satisfactory completion of the Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT) taken within two (2) years of application with a minimum score of 490 (no two digit scores will be accepted). MCAT scores must be sent directly from the testing service (AAMC) to AACOMAS (number 600). UNE COM will not accept the January 2018 MCAT scores.

Applicants who meet minimum requirements for application should understand that the average GPA and test scores for students accepted into the program are well above the minimum requirements. Meeting minimum requirements does not guarantee an invitation to submit a supplemental application, invitation to interview or acceptance.

Applicants are encouraged to complete their AACOMAS applications as early as possible in the admissions cycle in order to ensure consideration for an invitation to interview.

  • All applicants to UNE's College of Osteopathic Medicine must electronically submit their application through the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine Application Service (AACOMAS).
  • AACOMAS will not send your application to UNE COM until it is completed and verified. Please be sure to check the status of your AACOMAS portal account to be certain that all of your materials have been received and your application has been sent to your selected schools. We will notify you via email when UNE COM has received your application. Additional communications will be sent throughout the admissions cycle as your status changes.
  • Once UNE has received your verified AACOMAS application, a preliminary review of your application will begin and qualified applicants will be offered invitations to submit payment for the UNE COM supplemental application. The supplemental application fee, of $55.00, must be paid to be considered for admission. Supplemental application questions have been embedded into the primary AACOMAS application.
  • Once the supplemental application fee has been received, applications will be reviewed for completion, including all required letters of recommendation.  Completed applications will then be reviewed for interview offers on a rolling admissions basis. 
  • On-campus interviews are offered to qualified applicants by invitation only and are required for admission. On-Campus Interview Sessions will be held September through March on select Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. Admissions are rolling and decisions are made after weekly interview sessions.
  • Additional policies​
    • Before matriculation, accepted applicants will be expected to obtain a physical examination with proof of up-to-date immunization status to meet all health immunization requirements. Please visit Student Health Care for details.
    • As required by the College and clinical training sites, students will be subject to criminal background checks and drug screens prior to matriculation, and periodically throughout the COM program.
    • All students must meet the Essential Technical Standards of the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine.
  • International Admissions
    • International applicants and applicants with international degrees (including Canadian students and students with Canadian coursework/degrees) must have their transcripts evaluated for degree and grade equivalency to that of a regionally accredited US institution through the World Education Service (see International Admissions).
    • All applicants to UNE must be able to understand and communicate in English to be admitted to the university. UNE accepts several methods of English Proficiency (see International Admissions).
    • If an applicant cannot prove English Proficiency in another way, scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) are required and must be submitted as a part of the completed application. 

The Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine program and the COM Admissions Committee, in collaboration with the Office of Graduate and Professional Admissions, reserves the right to make exceptions to the admissions criteria and to make changes or exceptions to policies and procedures, on a case by case basis, when it deems such a decision is necessary and appropriate.

Students in good standing at other Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine may apply for transfer admission into the third year of the Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine program at UNE COM. Acceptance of a transfer student will be dependent upon the student's qualifications, academic compatibility, and available space. Credits may be transferred only from colleges accredited by the American Osteopathic Association Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation (AOA COCA). Transfer application requests should be sent to the Office of Graduate and Professional Admissions, 11 Hills Beach Road, Biddeford, ME, 04005, not to AACOMAS. The transfer candidate must provide:

  • Letter of application
  • Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended, including the current College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) scores
  • Official scores for the COMLEX USA- Level 1
  • Letter from the Dean of the College of Osteopathic Medicine in which the student is enrolled, stating that the student is in satisfactory academic and social standing.
  • Letters of recommendation from two faculty members at the Osteopathic College where the student is enrolled.

No advanced standing is available.

No credit will be awarded to students for experiential learning.