Frequently Asked Questions

How do I apply? What are the application deadlines?
What are the GPA and MCAT requirements?
What letters of recommendation are required? 
Can I transfer credits? Can I transfer academic years from another medical school or professional degree? 
How many applications do you receive? 
What are the prerequisite requirements? 
Do you accept students from outside of Maine? Do you accept students from outside New England?
Do you accept international students? 
What is the class size? What is the gender split? What is the average age? What is the minority representation? 
How do UNE COM students do on the boards? 
Where do students do their third and fourth-year rotations? 
How do UNE COM students do in the match? Where do UNE COM graduates go for residency? 
Does COM offer a concurrent M.P.H. degree?
Is there on-campus housing available? Where do students live? 
How much are tuition and fees? 
How can I talk with a current student?
Can I be connected with an alumnus? 
Do you have any open houses scheduled? 
How can I arrange a campus visit?

Q: How do I apply? What are the application deadlines? 
A: Start with a primary/central application through the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM) Application Service (AACOMAS). The AACOMAS deadline is Feb. 1. Candidates are encouraged to apply early to improve being invited for an interview. 

Q: What are the GPA and MCAT requirements?
A: Prospective students will often ask about the minimum GPA and/or MCAT. The UNE COM Committee on Admissions has set application minimums at 2.8 overall and science GPA, as well as a 490 minimum on the MCAT. These minimums are generously low and not a true measure. MCAT scores must be no older than two years at the time of application; as of the 17-18 cycle, only new MCAT scores will be accepted. UNE COM will no longer accept January test scores. You will not be offered a chance to move forward in the admissions process until official MCAT scores are received through AACOMAS.

Graduating Class of 2020:

  • Average Overall GPA: 3.64
  • Average Science GPA: 3.5
  • Average MCAT Score: 504

Q: What letters of recommendation are required? 
A: Letters of recommendation fall into two categories: Academic and Professional. The Academic letter requirement can be met one of three ways: 1) letter from pre-health committee, 2) letter from a pre-health or academic advisor, or 3) Letters from two (2) faculty members. The Professional letter requirement should be from someone acquainted with the applicant's background and can be from: a D.O., or a M.D., or another allied health professional, a supervisor, a non-academic mentor, a commanding officer, etc. A letter from an osteopathic physician is not required, but strongly recommended; a D.O. letter can be used to meet the Professional requirement. Candidates can, and often do, submit letters beyond the minimum requirements; all letters will be considered in the complete file review. However, if there is a large number of letters, they may not get as thorough a review than if there were fewer. Letters of recommendation can be sent through AACOMAS (uploaded to your application; preferred method), through Interfolio, or hard-copy through the USPS. Letters must be on letterhead and complete with signatures.

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 transfer into the third year of osteopathic medical studies. Students are required to complete the last two years at UNE COM in order to graduate. Please contact the Office of Graduate and Professional Admissions for more information about transferring into UNE COM.

Q: How many applications do you receive? 
A: UNE COM received more than 4,500 AACOMAS applications for the class entering in August 2017. More than 400 acceptances were offered to fill the class of 178 students.

Q: What are the prerequisite requirements? 
A:

Prerequisite Coursework Lab? Credits? AP Accepted?
Biology I & II Yes 8 semester, 12 quarter No
Chemistry (Inorganic) I & II Yes 8 semester, 12 quarter No
Physics I & II Yes 8 semester, 12 quarter No
Organic Chemistry I Yes 4 semester, 6 quarter No
Biochemistry No 3 semester, 5 quarter No
English No 6 semester, 9 quarter Yes, 3 credits only
Behavioral Science
(Psychology, Sociology, or Anthropology)
No 6 semester, 9 quarter Yes, 3 credits only

Q: Do you accept students from outside of Maine? Do you accept students from outside New England?
A: Yes and Yes. As a private institution, there are no targets/quotas for Maine and/or New England students. For the Class of 2020, an average of 63% of students are from New England. An average of 16% of students are from New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania. Other states represented: California, Alaska, Utah, Minnesota, Wisconsin, etc. 

Q: Do you accept international students?
A: As a private institution, there are no limits on accepting students from outside of the U.S. International students make up about 5% of the student body. If higher education is completed in the U.S., there are no extra application steps. If any of the higher education credit is completed outside of the U.S., the applicant will need to have their coursework evaluated by the World Education Services (WES) prior to completing the AACOMAS application. International students are evaluated by the same criteria as all applicants. The only difference for international students is at the time of acceptance: international students are initially offered a conditional acceptance pending documentation of adequate funding for all four years (as they are not eligible for U.S. federal loan programs). Canada, South Korea, India and Taiwan are represented for the Class of 2020. 

Q: What is the class size? What is the gender split? What is the average age? What is the minority representation? 
A: For the Class of 2020, the official class size is 178 students. The average age is 25 years old with the age range of 21-44 years old. Of the 178 students, 50.6% are female and 49.4% are male. The Class of 2020 is represented by the following (self-reported) ethnicity: 1% - American Indian or Alaska Native, 3% - Hispanic/Latino, 6% -Multi-racial, 77% - white. 

Q: How do UNE COM students do on the boards? 
A: COMLEX Level 1 is generally taken following the completion of year two and Level 2-CE (cognitive exam) and Level 2-PE (performance evaluation) is taken early in the fourth year. UNE COM students who COMLEX Level 1 exam for 2015-2016, achieved an overall pass rate of 95.3%. The National pass rate was 92.3%. UNE COM Students who took COMLEX 2-CE for '15-'16 achieved an overall pass rate of 95.1%. The national average was 93.9%. UNE COM students who took COMLEX 2-PE for '15-'16 achieved an overall pass rate of 93.3%. The national average was 92.2%. 

Q: Where do students do their third and fourth-year rotations?
A: Third-year rotations are at Clinical Campuses throughout the Northeast. Students select their third-year site through a Clinical Campus Assignment Process (C-CAP). Sixteen Clinical Campuses are spread throughout Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island. Each student will complete the following rotations: Internal Medicine (12 weeks), Family Medicine, Obstetrics & Gynecology, Pediatrics, Psychiatry, Surgery and Community Health (6 weeks each). Fourth-year selectives (16 weeks) and electives (18 weeks) can be completed at locations throughout the US, or outside the country, at hospitals and/or clinics of the student's choice. Selectives include 4 weeks of internal medicine sub-specialty, 4 weeks of surgery sub-specialty, 4 weeks of emergency medicine, 4 weeks of osteopathic manipulative medicine. All elective/selective sites must be approved in advance by the Office of Clinical Education.

Q: How do UNE COM students do in the match? Where do UNE COM graduates go for residency? 
A: 100% of eligible graduates from the Class of 2017 matched with a residency program. A further breakdown from the Class of 2017 reveals: The majority of students go into primary care — 54% (Internal Medicine, Family Medicine, Emergency Medicine.) However, residency placement is not limited to just those programs. Pediatrics, Obstetrics & Gynecology, Neurology, Vascular Surgery, Interventional Radiology, are represented among others. Some notable programs include Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Cleveland, OH, Tufts Medical Ctr, Boston, MA, Yale-New Haven Hosp, New Haven, CT, Walter Reed Nat Military Med Ctr, Bethesda, MD. In 2017, U.S. News & World Report rated UNE COM among the TOP 10 Medical Schools where students were most likely to match with their first-choice residency programs. For the Class of 2017, 60% of 2017 graduates went to their first choice residency.

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

Q: Is there on-campus housing available? Where do students live? 
A: There is no on-campus housing available for osteopathic medical students. Most students live in the surrounding cities of Biddeford, Saco, or Old Orchard Beach, most live within 2–6 miles of campus, less than a 12-15 minute drive. There are students who choose to live in Portland or South Portland, rent is typically higher in these areas. There are also students who commute from NH or MA; these students will typically have a drive of at least an hour each direction. Most students sign 12-month leases, on campus classes run from mid-July through late May.

Q: How much are tuition and fees? 
A: For the 2017–2018 academic year, the cost of tuition is $55,080, 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 (July–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 information, please visit the UNE Graduate and Professional Financial Aid Office website.

Q: How can I talk with a current student?
A: Prospective students and applicants can request to be in contact with a current student. Requests can be made by e-mailing the Office of Recruitment, Student & Alumni Services or call us at (207) 602-2329. Most requests will be randomly assigned to a volunteer from the first- or second-year class. Sometimes the office is able to match special requests (i.e. married with children; from Midwest; non-science major from small college; from a large city).

Q: Can I be connected with an alumnus?
A: Currently, the COM Office of Recruiting, Student & Alumni Services is building a system to connect prospective students and applicants with alumni. Prospective students can go to the AOA website and select Find a DO and search for a DO by geographic location, specialty, or even alumni status.

Q: Do you have any open houses scheduled? 
A: We generally hold open houses in the summer months. Open Houses allow prospective students to learn more about UNE COM, including:

  • Admissions practices and requirements
  • A chance to interact with current medical students 
  • A brief introduction to Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine
  • A tour of campus
  • An opportunity to meet with faculty one-on-one

Q: How can I arrange a campus visit?
A: Prospective students and applicants can request a personal visit to campus. Contact UNE COM Office of Recruitment, Student & Alumni Services to schedule a campus visit. Visit date and times are based upon prospective student’s or applicant’s availability and interest in attending classes. Availability is also dependent on staff in the UNE COM Office of Recruitment, Student & Alumni Services and/or UNE Office of Graduate and Professional Admissions. Most visits will include meeting with recruitment/admissions staff for conversation/questions. All visits will include a tour of the classroom and lab building, library, fitness facilities and other key campus buildings. Due to the small staff size, walk-in visitors may not necessarily be afforded an opportunity to meet with staff and/or be provided a tour. It is recommended to schedule a time to visit campus. Weekend visits are not scheduled.
 

Please contact The Office of Recruitment, Student and Alumni Services 
with questions at (207) 602-2329 or comsa@une.edu.