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Osteopathic Medical College Diversity in Enrollment

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.


*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.

First Year and Total Year Enrollment - Race/Ethnicity

First Year and Total Year Enrollment - Race/Ethnicity

  • The percentage of underrepresented minorities enrolled in their first year of osteopathic medical school has increased by two percent—from 6.9 percent in 2009-10 to 8.9 percent in 2016-17.
  • The percentage of underrepresented minorities’ total enrollment in an osteopathic medical school has increased by 0.8 percent—from 7.7 percent in 2009-10 to 8.5 percent in 2016-17.

 



First Year Enrollment - Female and Underrepresented Minorities

First Year Enrollment - Female and Underrepresented Minorities


First Year and Total Enrollment - Gender

First Year and Total Enrollment by Gender

  • The percentage of females enrolled in their first year of osteopathic medical school has decreased by one percent—from 46.8 percent in 2009-10 to 45.8 percent in 2016-17.
  • The percentage of females enrolled in an osteopathic medical school has decreased by three percent—from 47.7 percent in 2009-10 to 44.7 percent in 2016-17.

 



Total Enrollment - Female and Underrepresented Minorities

Total Enrollment - Female and Underrepresented Minorities