Com Admissions FAQ

How do I apply? What are the application deadlines?

Start with a primary/central application through the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM) Application Service (AACOMAS) at www.aacom.org. The AACOMAS deadline is February 1. Candidates are encouraged to apply early.

What are the GPA and MCAT requirements?
What letters of recommendation are required?

UNE COM requires a minimum of three letters of recommendation. From these letters, we seek a holistic description of the applicant including information on engagement as a student (especially teamwork within academic settings), interpersonal skills, character, and professionalism. Recommended sources include:

  • Pre-health committee letter
  • Pre-health advisor letter
  • Faculty members with substantial knowledge of the applicant
  • Direct supervisor with substantial knowledge of the applicant
  • Health Care Professionals with substantial knowledge of the applicant, preferably physicians
  • A letter from an Osteopathic Physician (D.O.) is recommended but not required. 

View additional details about how to submit letters of recommendation.

Can I transfer credits? Can I transfer academic years from another medical school?

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 Admissions at gradadmissions2@une.edu for more information about transferring into UNE COM.

What are the pre-requisite requirements?

Go to the COM Admissions webpage for prerequisite requirements.

Do you accept students from outside of Maine? Do you accept students from outside New England?

Yes and Yes. As a private institution, there are no targets/quotas for Maine and/or New England students. For the Class of 2023, an average of 50% of students are from New England. Other states represented: Arizona, California, Idaho, Minnesota, Ohio, Oregon, South Carolina, Utah, Wisconsin, etc.

Do you accept international students?

As a private institution, there are no limits on accepting students from outside of the U.S. 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).

What is the class size? What is the gender split? What is the average age? What about diversity?

We are accredited for 165 students per class year. For the Class of 2023, the average age (at the time of application) was 23 years old and the age range was 21–55 years old. The Class of 2023 is 60% female and 40% male.

How do UNE COM students do on the boards?

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 typically taken late third year/early fourth year. UNE COM students who took the COMLEX Level 1 exam for 2018-2019, achieved an overall pass rate of 98.8%. The National pass rate was 92.9%. UNE COM Students who took COMLEX 2-CE for ’18-‘19 achieved an overall pass rate of 98.9%. The national average was 95.6%. UNE COM students who took COMLEX 2-PE for '18-’19 achieved an overall pass rate of 92.8%. The national average was 93.2%. 

See additional information about COMLEX-USA Match results.

Where do students do their third and fourth-year rotations?

Third-year rotations are at Clinical Campuses and Private Practices throughout the Northeast. Students select their 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. Each student will complete the following rotations: Internal Medicine (12 weeks), Family Medicine, Obstetrics & Gynecology, Pediatrics, Psychiatry, Surgery (6 weeks each), and Community Health (4 weeks). Students will also have a 2 week elective during their Third-Year. As an additional option, Third-Year students can apply for the Longitudinal Integrated Clerkship. A longitudinal integrated clerkship (LIC) is an alternate way of organizing the third-year clinical experience. Rather than rotating through six-week blocks, LIC students are embedded with a rural primary care clinic for the year. They build deeper relationships with their preceptors and develop a patient panel of their own. Students follow their patients into specialist care; they also participate in one-week rotations in specialist areas throughout the year.

Fourth-year selectives (16 weeks) and electives (18 weeks) can be completed at locations throughout the U.S., and outside the country, at hospitals and/or clinics of the student's choice. Selectives include four weeks of internal medicine sub-specialty, four weeks of surgery sub-specialty, four weeks of emergency medicine, four weeks of osteopathic manipulative medicine. Selective rotations must be completed inside the United States. All elective/selective sites must be approved in advance by the Office of Clinical Education.

View additional information about UNE COM’s Clerkship Education.

How do UNE COM students do in the match? Where do UNE COM graduates go for residency?

The Class of 2019 was matched in 31 states across the country. A further breakdown from the Class of 2019 reveals: the majority of students go into primary care — 55% (Internal Medicine, Family Medicine, and Pediatrics). However, residency placement is not limited to just those programs. Anesthesiology, Dermatology, General Surgery, Neurology, Obstetrics & Gynecology, Orthopedic Surgery, Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment, Pathology, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, Psychiatry, Radiology.

See a full list of Residency Placements.

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

Yes, UNE offers a flexible online Masters of Public Health degree that allows you to advance at your own pace. For more information, visit the Graduate Programs in Public Health.

Is there on-campus housing available? Where do students live?

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, with less than a 12–15 minute drive to campus. There are students who choose to live in Portland or South Portland, and rent is typically higher in these areas. Students can commute from NH or MA, but these students will typically have a drive of at least an hour each direction. Because on-campus classes run from July through early May, a 12-month lease is recommended.

Additional off-campus housing resources can be found below:

How much are tuition and fees?

For the 2019–2020 academic year, the cost of tuition is $58,430, 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 Student Financial Services Office website.

How can I talk with a current student?

Prospective students and applicants can request to be in contact with a current student. Requests can be made by contacting the Office of Recruitment, Student and, Alumni Services at comsa@une.edu or (207) 602-2329.

Can I be connected with an alumnus?

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.

Do you have any open houses scheduled?

We hold open house events throughout the entire Academic Year. Open houses provide you and your family a chance to visit campus and learn more about what makes our college a special place to learn and grow. Please join us to:

  • Meet 1:1 with admissions counselors (optional/upon request)
  • Learn about our innovative and integrated curriculum
  • See an Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine (OMM) demo
  • Talk with current students and faculty
  • Tour our beautiful seaside campus

Register for an Open House

How can I arrange a campus visit?

Prospective students and applicants can request a personal visit to campus. Contact UNE COM Office of Recruitment, Student & Alumni Services at comsa@une.edu to schedule a campus visit. Visit dates and times are based upon the availability of current students and professional staff. Walk-in visitors may not necessarily be afforded an opportunity to meet with staff and/or be provided a tour, so it is recommended to schedule a time to visit campus. Weekend visits are not offered.