Criteria and Procedures

Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO) Admissions

New for the 2018 COM Application Cycle

Please note the following changes to application policies for UNE COM:

  • UNE COM will no longer accept old 2-digit MCAT test scores. All MCAT scores must be the new 3-digit scores.
  • January 2018 MCAT scores will not be accepted for the 2017-2018 application cycle.
  • Biochemistry is a prerequisite course and like other prerequisites must be completed by January 1, 2018 and be listed as planned/in-progress on the Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine Application Service​ (AACOMAS) application to be considered for admissions.
  • UNE COM will use GPA calculations provided by AACOMAS for both cumulative and science GPAs. (These calculations factor every course into the earned GPA with no forgiveness for repeats for higher grades.)
  • UNE COM will no longer be accepting letters of recommendation through VirtualEvals. Letters submitted through AACOMAS, Interfolio, or the USPS will be accepted.
  • To be eligible for application, all international applicants (including applicants from English speaking Canadian institutions) must submit a WES evaluation for course and degree equivalency to that from a U.S. regionally accredited institution.

Important Dates

  • January 1, 2018 – All prerequisite coursework must be completed and submitted to AACOMAS for verification during the winter academic update (December 15 – February 15).
  • February 1, 2018 – Deadline for application to UNE COM program through AACOMAS 

All applications for admission must be electronically submitted through AACOMAS. Please visit AACOMAS for additional information and detailed instructions for completion of the application.

AACOMAS will send your application to UNE after the application file 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. UNE will notify you via email when your application is received. Additional communications will be sent as your status changes throughout the admissions cycle.

Admissions are rolling and decisions are made after weekly interview sessions. Students are encouraged to apply early and to complete the supplemental application as soon as possible after receiving the invitation to submit. Applications are reviewed as they are completed. 

On-Campus Interview Sessions will be held September through March on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, by invitation only.

Deadlines for submitting initial non-refundable deposit ($500) to hold place in the class follow the AACOMAS traffic guidelines:

  • Accepted prior to November 15 – Deposit deadline is December 14
  • Accepted between November 15 and January 14 – Deposit deadline will be 30 days after acceptance
  • Accepted between January 15 and May 14 – Deposit deadline will be 14 days after acceptance
  • Accepted after May 15 – Asked for immediate deposit

A second deposit of $1,500 is due within 60 days of the receipt of your first deposit or May 1, whichever comes first.

  • Second deposit is refundable until May 1, after which the second deposit will be forfeited if student does not matriculate
  • Initial $500 dollar deposit is not refundable and will be forfeited if student does not matriculate

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.