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Fast Facts: Fall 2016 Preliminary Enrollment Report

October 20, 2016
New (first-year) medical student enrollment at the nation’s osteopathic medical schools increased by 5.1 percent in fall 2016 over enrollment in 2015. This rise in first-year matriculation brings the preliminary fall 2016 total student enrollment atU.S. Osteopathic Medical Schools by Year of Inaugural ClassU.S. colleges of osteopathic medical school (COMs) to 27,512—a 6.3 percent increase from the official total enrollment in fall 2015.

Much of this growth is attributed to the creation of two newly-accredited teaching locations —BCOM and NYITCOM A-State—which enrolled inaugural classes in fall 2016. See the new U.S. Osteopathic Medical Schools by Year of Inaugural Class report for more insights.  

Among the key findings from AACOM’s Preliminary Enrollment Report Fall 2016:

  • A total of 7,369 new students began their medical education at one of the 33 DO-granting medical schools that in 2016-17 are educating students at 44 locations in 31 states
  • A preliminary count shows 5,346 DO students graduating from the COMs as of June 30, 2016
  • Total first-year enrollment for fall 2016 is 7,588 DO students

AACOM’s preliminary enrollment report is released each fall with enrollment data provided by the nation's COMs. More complete enrollment statistics, drawn from AACOM’s Annual Osteopathic Medical School Questionnaire, are reported later in the year.

Data in this report was provided by the nation’s osteopathic medical schools as of September 9, 2016, and represents preliminary findings. Official findings are due January 2017. All data included may be freely redistributed with proper attribution to AACOM.