As of 2016, 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 relatively stagnant. In addition, the proportion of URM applicants to matriculants continues to remain lower than their non-URM counterparts.
In the same regard, while the percentage of females applying to COMs is on the rise, first-year and total enrollment have decreased slightly. Additionally, the proportion of female applicants to matriculants continues to remain lower than their male counterparts.