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How Enrollment Demographics Are Changing: AACOM’s Newest Research Report

August 08, 2018

Each year, AACOM collects data using the Annual Osteopathic Medical School Questionnaire about students enrolled in each college of osteopathic medicine (COM)—including their gender and race/ethnicity. The data provides a year-to-year snapshot of how total enrollment and enrollment by demographics are changing.

AACOM's newest report, Total Enrollment in U.S. Osteopathic Medical Schools by Gender and Race-Ethnicity, illustrates how enrollment demographics in 2017-2018 compare to those of previous years. Some highlights from the report:

  • Hispanic/Latino, Black/African-American, non-Hispanic and Asian, and non-Hispanic enrollment has shown a steady increase since 2013-2014.
  • There has been a consistent increase in total enrollment since 2009-2010. In particular, total enrollment increased from 27,485 to 28,981 between 2016-2017 and 2017-2018. This is due in part to the addition of two new COMs, UIWSOM and ARCOM, and two new campuses, RVUCOM-SU and KCUCOM Joplin.
  • The enrollment percentage for under-represented minorities (URMs) has been steadily increasing since 2012-2013.
Read the latest AACOM reports by visiting AACOM Research Reports.


Vol. 2, No. 14
August 9, 2018