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 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 and Recruitment at for more information about transferring into UNE COM.

What are the prerequisite 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 2027, about 50% of students are from New England. Other states represented include Arizona, California, Idaho, Minnesota, Ohio, Oregon, South Dakota, 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 2027, the average age (at the time of application) was 26 years old and the age range was 21–46 years old. The Class of 2027 is 65% female and 35% 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) is typically taken late third year/early fourth year. UNE COM students who took the COMLEX Level 1 exam for 2021–22, achieved an overall pass rate of 98.2%. The National pass rate was 93.7%. UNE COM students who took COMLEX 2-CE for 2021-22 achieved an overall pass rate of 98.9%. The national average was 95.6%. Since the indefinite suspension of the COMLEX Level 2PE in 2020, UNE COM conducts a half-day OSCE activity to attest to each student's clinical Performance Examination.

See additional information about COMLEX-USA match results

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

Third-year rotations are at Clinical Core Sites and Private Practices throughout the Northeast. Students select their third-year site through a Clinical Core Site Assignment Process (C-CAP). Clinical Core Sites are spread throughout Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, and Rhode Island. Each student will complete the following rotations: internal medicine (12 weeks), family medicine, obstetrics and gynecology, pediatrics, psychiatry, surgery (6 weeks each), and mommunity health (4 weeks). Students will also have a two-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?

UNE COM students have consistently performed exceptionally well in the Match. For more specific data 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?

To read more about our tuition and fees visit our cost of attendance information.

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 recruitment team at or (207) 602-2430.

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.

How can I arrange a campus visit?

Prospective students and applicants can sign up for a campus visit at our Visit COM page or request a personal visit. Email the UNE COM Office of Recruitment, Student, and Alumni Services at to schedule a campus visit if you are unable to visit on the listed days. Visit dates and times are based on the availability of current students and professional staff. Walk-in visitors may not necessarily be given 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.