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Osteopathic Medical College Diversity in Applicants

As of 2015, the number and proportion of underrepresented minority* (URM) applicants and first year enrollees to colleges of osteopathic medicine (COMs) is increasing. Even though more URMs are applying to COMs**, total URM enrollment remains stagnant. In addition, the proportion of URM applicants to matriculants continues to remain lower than their non-URM counterparts.


*Underrepresented minorities (URM) includes Hispanic/Latino ethnicity, Black/African American, Native American/Alaska Native and Hawaiian/Pacific Islander. 
**AACOMAS is the centralized online application portal for prospective students to apply for admission to U.S. osteopathic medical colleges.  Learn more.

AACOMAS Applicants and Matriculants - Race and Ethnicity

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  • The percentage of underrepresented minorities applying to an osteopathic medical school has increased by 1.7 percent—from 11.1 percent in 2009-10 to 12.8 percent in 2014-15.
  • The percentage of underrepresented minorities matriculating to an osteopathic medical school has increased by 1.2 percent—from seven percent in 2009-10 to 8.2 percent in 2014-15.
  • The proportion of underrepresented minorities who applied and matriculated to an osteopathic medical school remains lower than non-underrepresented minorities in 2014-15 (Table 1):
    • 23.3 percent of underrepresented minority applicants matriculated to medical school (532 of 2,288).
    • 37.9 percent of non-underrepresented minority applicants matriculated to medical school (5,933 of 15,656).


Percent AACOMAS Applicants - Underrepresented Minority by Gender

Percent AACOMAS Applicants - Underrepresented Minority by Gender

  • The percentage of female underrepresented minorities applying to an osteopathic medical school is 6.7 percent—unchanged since 2009-10 despite a small decrease to 5.9 percent in 2010-11 and 2011-12 .
  • The percentage of male underrepresented minorities applying to an osteopathic medical school has increased by 1.8 percent—from 4.4 percent in 2009-10 to 6.2 percent in 2014-15 

AACOMAS Applicants and Matriculants - Race/Ethnicity by Gender

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AACOMAS Applicants and Matriculants - Gender

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  • The percentage of females applying to an osteopathic medical school has decreased by 2.3 percent—from 48.4 percent in 2009-10 to 46.1 percent in 2014-15.
  • The percentage of females matriculating to an osteopathic medical school has decreased by 3.8 percent—from 47 percent in 2009-10 to 43.2 percent in 2014-15.
  • The proportion of females who applied and matriculated to an osteopathic medical school remains lower than males in 2014-15.
    • 33.8 percent of female applicants matriculated to medical school (2,763 of 8,175).
    • 38 percent of male applicants matriculated to medical school (3,636 of 9,564).


AACOMAS Applicants - Female and Underrepresented Minorities

AACOMAS Applicants - Female and Underrepresented Minorities

  • The percentage of females applying to osteopathic medical school peaked at 51.1 percent in 2006-07.