FAQs

How do I apply? What are the application deadlines?
What are the GPA and MCAT requirments?
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 pre-requisite requirements?
Do you accept students from outside of Maine? Do you accept students from outside of New England?
Do you accept international students?
What is the class size? What is the gender split? What is the average age? What about diversity?
How do UNE COM students do on boards?
Where do students do their third and fourth-year rotations?
How do UNE COM studnets 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) at www.aacom.org. The AACOMAS deadline is February 1. Candidates are encouraged to apply early.

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. For the 18–19 Cycle, scores between January 2016 and December 2018 will be accepted. 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 2021:

  • Average Overall GPA: 3.57
  • Average Science GPA: 3.51
  • 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 of the hard sciences. 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 as 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 to the Office of Graduate Admissions. 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 Admissions at gradadmissions2@une.edu for more information about transferring into UNE COM.

Q: How many applications do you receive?
A: UNE COM received about 2,500 AACOMAS applications for the class entering in July 2018. 410 acceptances were offered to fill the class of 178 students.

Q: What are the pre-requisite requirements?
A:

COURses Semester credit

quarter credit

Biology with Labs 8 12
Chemistry with Labs 8 12
Physics with Labs 8 12
Organic Chemistry with Lab 4 6
Biochemistry 3 5
English 6 9
Behavioral Science* 6 9

*UNE COM will accept AACOMAS classified behavioral science coursework. An official list can be found in the AACOMAS instructions, under AACOMAS Course Subjects. AP credits only accepted for English and Behavioral Science (3 credits each.) 

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 2021, an average of 56% of students are from New England. Other states represented: Arizona, California, Georgia, Hawaii, Minnesota, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Wisconsin, etc. International representation: Canada, Vietnam. 

Q: Do you accept international students?
A: 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).

Q: What is the class size? What is the gender split? What is the average age? What about diversity?
A: For the Class of 2021, the official class size is 178 students. The average age is 23 years old with the age range of 20-39 years old. Of the 178 students, 48.9% are female and 51.1% are male. The Class of 2021 is represented by the following (self-reported): 5.3% of students identified as LGBTQ, 76.5% of students identify as Religious or Spiritual, and 19.3% of students identified as being non-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 2016-2017, achieved an overall pass rate of 94.4%. The National pass rate was 92.7%. UNE COM Students who took COMLEX 2-CE for '16-'17 achieved an overall pass rate of 96%. The national average was 93.2%. UNE COM students who took COMLEX 2-PE for '16-'17 achieved an overall pass rate of 94.7%. The national average was 92.9%. UNE COM students who took the COMLEX Level 3 achieved an overall pass rate of 99.1%.

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). 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 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.

Q: How do UNE COM students do in the match? Where do UNE COM graduates go for residency?
A: The Class of 2018 was matched in 30 states across the country. A further breakdown from the Class of 2018 reveals: The majority of students go into primary care — 55% (Internal Medicine, Family Medicine, Emergency Medicine.) However, residency placement is not limited to just those programs. Anesthesiology, Dermatology, Diagnostic Radiology, Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (Child Neurology), Neurology, Neurological Surgery, Obstetrics & Gynecology, Orthopedic Surgery, Pathology, Pediatrics, Preliminary Surgery, Surgical Ophthalmology, are represented among others. Some notable programs include MedStar Georgetown University Hospital, D.C., UMass Memorial Medical Center, Worcester, MA, Tripler Army Medical Center, Honolulu, HI, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston, MA, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, Lebanon, NH. 

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.

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 July through early May. 

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Q: How much are tuition and fees?
A: For the 2018–2019 academic year, the cost of tuition is $56,730, 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.

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 contacting the Office of Recruitment, Student & Alumni Services at comsa@une.edu or (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 hold open houses events throughout the entire Academic Year. 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 faculty

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 at comsa@une.edu 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 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.