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Fast Facts About Osteopathic Medical Education


  • Visit What is Osteopathic Medicine? to learn more about the history and practice of osteopathic medicine.
  • In the 2021-22 academic year, osteopathic medical colleges are educating more than 35,000 future physicians–25 percent of all U.S. medical students.
  • AACOM represents the 38 accredited colleges of osteopathic medicine in the United States.
  • These colleges are at 62 teaching locations in 35 states.
  • Seven of the colleges are publicly controlled, 31 are private institutions.

Growth Trends

Over the last 10 years, applicants, enrollment, and graduates have increased significantly:


  • Number of applicants to osteopathic medical colleges in 2021-22: 27,277
  • Number of applicants to osteopathic medical colleges in 2011-12: 14,117

First-year Enrollment

  • 2021-22 first-year enrollment: 9,775
  • 2011-12 first-year enrollment: 5,788     

Total Enrollment

  • 2021-22 total enrollment: 35,177
  • 2011-12 total enrollment: 20,663     

Total Graduates

  • 2021-22 total graduates: 7,416
  • 2011-12 total graduates: 4,458

Learn More

For additional data on these and other osteopathic medical education topics please visit AACOM Reports or contact research@aacom.org.

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