Frequently Asked Questions

Who is a typical UNE College of Osteopathic Medicine student?
Do you accept International students and those from outside of New England?
What are average GPA and MCAT scores for the entering class?
Do I need a letter of recommendation from a DO?
What is the acceptance rate?
Can I transfer credits, academic years at another medical school or professional degrees?
Do you have any open houses scheduled?
How do I make arrangements to visit campus and talk with students?
Will a representative be traveling to my area?
Can a current student contact me?
How much are tuition and fees?
Is there on-campus housing? Where do students live?
Where do students do their third- and fourth-year rotations?
How do students do on boards?

Does UNE offer a concurrent M.P.H. degree? 

Q: Who is a typical UNE College of Osteopathic Medicine student?
A:

  • The current average age of a first-year student is 25 years old; the range can be anywhere from 21 on up.
  • There is generally a 50/50 split between men and women.
  • Approximately 15 percent of the student body self-identifies as non-white.
  • Not all students have undergraduate degrees in the sciences, but most have some type of professional health care or human services experience before applying.
  • More and more students are applying after completing a master's degree.
  • Students come from around the country and the world, but the majority are from New England (approximately 60-70 percent) and the northeast states of Pennsylvania, New Jersey and New York (up to 20 percent).

Q: Do you accept International students and those from outside of New England?
A: As a private institution, there are no limits on accepting students from outside the U.S. However, the number of international students is about 5% of the student body. If higher education is completed in the United States, there are no extra application steps. If any of the higher education credit is completed outside the U.S., the College of Osteopathic Medicine will likely need to have transcripts evaluated by an independent organization (World Education Service is used fairly often) prior to the AACOMAS application. Please know that International students are evaluated by the same criteria as all applicants. As a private institution, there are no quotas for Maine or New England students. Generally, 60% of our student body is from New England. On average, about 9% of the students are from New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania (combined). The rest of the class is comprised of students from the rest of the U.S. and some international students.

Q: What are average GPA and MCAT scores for the entering class?
A: In order to receive a Supplemental Application, the Committee on Admissions requires that applicants have a minimum 2.8 cumulative and science GPA, however the average for the accepted students has been greater than 3.5 for the past several years. The average for the Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT) had been holding steady at approximately 28 for the old test. Catalog published minimums are 20 for the old format, and 490 for the new format. We do not yet have a class average for the new MCAT. The Committee on Admissions prefers scores not more than two years old at the time of application. August and September scores can be used for the annual application cycle, and technically, the January scores can be used in an admissions cycle. Candidates are cautioned that COM does not offer the supplemental application until an MCAT score is received; by mid-year, many applicants have been interviewed and accepted. Please know that applications close on February 1 (Supplemental applications close March 15) each year.

Q: Do I need a letter of recommendation from a DO?
A: Letters of recommendation fall into two categories: Academic and Professional. The Academic Letter requirement can be met one of three ways: a letter from a pre-health committee, a letter from a pre-health or academic advisor, or letters from two (2) faculty members (preferably from the sciences). The Professional Letter requirement should be from someone acquainted with your character and can be from a DO, an MD, or other allied health professional, a supervisor, a non-academic mentor, a commanding officer, or the like. A letter from an osteopathic physician is not required, but strongly recommended; a DO letter can be used to meet the Professional Letter requirement. You may submit letters beyond the minimum requirements; all letters will be considered in the complete file review. Letters of recommendation can be sent by mail, electronically through Interfolio, or by pre-health advisors through VirtualEvals. Letters must be on letterhead and complete with signatures.

Q: What is the acceptance rate?
A: Last year, we received more than 4,300 applications. Approximately 650 applicants were interviewed last year to fill the class of 178 students.

Q: Can I transfer credits? Can I transfer academic years from another medical school or professional degree?
A: You must have attended another school or college of osteopathic medicine to be eligible for transferring into the second or third year of osteopathic medical studies. Students are required to complete the last two years at UNE COM in order to graduate.

Q: Do you have any open houses scheduled?
A: We generally hold open houses in the summer months, but we welcome you to arrange for a personal visit to our campus anytime. Contact the COM Office of Recruitment, Student & Alumni Services at comsa@une.edu or (207) 602-2329 with your request.

Q: How do I make arrangements to visit campus and talk with students?
A: Contact the COM Office of Recruitment, Student & Alumni Services at comsa@une.edu or (207) 602-2329 with your request. When classes are in session, you will be paired with a volunteer tour guide to attend classes and meet other students. In all visits, you have the opportunity to tour campus.

Q: Will a COM representative be traveling to my area?
A: Our "On-the-Road" travel schedule may be viewed on a separate web page; please click on the tab above to see the latest. As well, you may contact the COM Office of Recruitment, Student & Alumni Services at comsa@une.edu or (207) 602-2329.

Q: Can a current student contact me?
A: Yes, quite possibly. Each year there are many eager, outstanding first- and second-year students who are willing to email with prospective students and current applicants. Contact the COM Office of Recruitment, Student & Alumni Services at comsa@une.edu or (207) 602-2329 with your request. 

Q: How much are tuition and fees?
A: Currently, tuition is $53, 740 for the academic year, not including fees assessed. Financial aid funds are determined, on a case-by-case basis, and awarded for the first-year budget to include equipment, instruments, laptop computers, books, health insurance, and other relevant items. Indirect costs are also included in the student's financial aid budget to cover expenses that the student may have while attending school (August-May for the first year). General allowances may include rent, utilities, food, transportation and personal expenses. Each student's actual expenses will vary. For more specific and current financial aid information, please visit the UNE Graduate and Professional Financial Aid Office website.

Q: Is there on-campus housing available? Where do students live?
A: 
There is no on-campus housing available for COM students. Our students live in the surrounding cities of Biddeford, Saco, Old Orchard Beach, and other towns within 2 to 8 miles of campus. A few students choose to live farther from campus, in Portland (Maine’s largest city); rent is generally higher in Portland than in the Biddeford-Saco area. A few students even live in New Hampshire or in Massachusetts north of Boston; these students face a drive of at least an hour each way. Most students sign 12-month leases; classes run from early August through late May.

Q: Where do students do their third- and fourth-year rotations?
A: Third-year rotations are at Clinical Campuses throughout the northeast. You select your third-year site through a Clinical Campus Assignment Process (C-CAP). Clinical Campuses are spread throughout Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island. You complete 12 weeks of internal medicine and 6 weeks of each of the following: family medicine, obstetrics/gynecology, pediatrics, surgery, psychiatry and community health. Fourth-year selectives (16 weeks) and electives (18 weeks) are conducted at locations throughout the country, and sometimes overseas, at hospitals or clinics of your choice. Selectives include: 4 weeks of an internal medicine sub-specialty; 4 weeks of a surgery sub-specialty; 4 weeks of emergency medicine; and 4 weeks of manipulative medicine. All elective/selective sites must be approved in advance by the Office of Clinical Education.

Q: How do COM students do on boards?
A: Our students who took COMLEX Level 1 exam during the 2010-2011 year achieved an overall pass rate of 94.5%. That ranked us fifth in the nation among colleges of osteopathic medicine.

Our students who took COMLEX Level 2-CE between July 2010 and May 2011 achieved an overall pass rate of 88.1% on the computer-based written portion. That ranked us eleventh nationally among colleges of osteopathic medicine.

Our students who took COMLEX Level 2-PE between July 2010 and May 2011 achieved an overall pass rate of 98.3%. That ranked us sixth in the nation among colleges of osteopathic medicine.

Q: Does COM offer a concurrent M.P.H. degree?
A: Yes, UNE offers a flexible online Master of Public Health degree that allows you to advance at your own pace. You have the option to begin your M.P.H. prior to your medical studies and to continue working on it throughout medical school. Visit the Graduate Programs in Public Health website for more information.