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