Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine at Midwestern University (CCOM)

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Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine at Midwestern University
555 31st Street
Downers Grove, IL 60515

Main phone: (800) 458-6253

Admissions office
Phone: (630) 515-7200
Fax: (630) 971-6068
Admissions Website

General Information

Mission Statement

Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine educates osteopathic physicians to provide quality compassionate care; promotes the practice of osteopathic medicine, lifelong learning, research, and service. CCOM Values: The Achievement of Educational Excellence Through: Leadership, Teamwork, Commitment, Integrity, Professionalism, Diversity, Osteopathic Philosophy.

COM Description

The Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine is one of the most respected medical schools in the nation and offers the continuum of medical training, from our rigorous basic science coursework to top clinical rotation opportunities and competitive postdoctoral specialty programs. Our academic community provides a friendly, family atmosphere with modern facilities designed with students' needs in mind.

Campus setting: 
Downers Grove, Illinois; Suburban, 25 miles west of Chicago 

Year founded: 1900

Type: Private, non-profit

The Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine (CCOM) of Midwestern University (MWU) is accredited by the Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation (COCA); MWU is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

Institutional affiliation: 
Midwestern University


  • Littlejohn Hall provides a state-of-the-art auditorium and lecture rooms as well as a comprehensive medical library with group and individual study spaces.
  • Cardinal Hall houses a large auditorium, additional lecture halls, smaller classrooms, a modern, state-of-the-art simulation center, and the Dean's offices.
  • Alumni Hall features classrooms and the beautiful Hyde Atrium for student gatherings and special events.
  • Science Hall houses the OMM laboratory, anatomy cadaver laboratory, classrooms, and science labs for faculty and students.
  • White Oak Hall features classrooms, offices, and fully equipped optometry laboratories.  The building also includes a 24-hour student study room with a separate entrance, kitchenette, and vending machines.
  • Centennial Hall provides additional lecture halls and classrooms.
  • The Commons offers a large computer center, the campus dining hall, a coffee bar, and student recreation/lounge areas.
  • Recreation/Wellness Hall features the on-campus health/wellness center as well as a modern gymnasium, aerobic/dance room, handball/racquetball courts, strength training room, craft room, and music room.
  • Haspel/Hambrick Hall houses the the Office of Admissions, the Office of Student Financial Services, and several other administrative offices.
  • The MWU Clinical Campus located just a few miles west of campus houses a comprehensive Dental Institute, Family Medicine Practice/Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine (OMM) Clinic, Speech Language Institute, Eye Institute, and other health care services.

Student residence options:

  • Redwood Hall: This student residence hall facility features both single and double occupancy residence hall rooms with either private bathrooms or bathrooms shared by no more than two students; air conditioning; wiring for Internet and cable TV; wall-to-wall carpeting; and built-in closets, dressers, desks, and wardrobes. The Hall features a large commuter lounge as well as the Perrin Interfaith Chapel.
  • Pines Apartments: Each of the 48 apartments tucked away in the back of campus offers living space of 500 square feet; Internet wiring; cable TV; kitchenette with stove and refrigerator; and central air conditioning and heating units.

2017-2018 Enrollment

  • Total medical school enrollment: 811
  • Total male: 460
  • Total female: 351
  • First-year enrollment: 204
  • First-year male: 115
  • First-year female: 89
  • First-year in-state: 108
  • First-year out-of-state: 96
  • Total enrollment affiliate institutions: 2,971

Curricular Offerings

Rigorous basic science courses with emphasis on case discussions, clinical correlates, and discipline-based learning. Early clinical exposure through simulated patients and volunteer experiences. Top clinical rotations at major metropolitan health centers throughout the Chicagoland area, Northwest Indiana, the Midwest region, and across the country.

Dual Degree / Concurrent Programs

DO/MS in Biomedical Sciences

Preparatory Programs

Biomedical Sciences (MBS)
Two year Master of Biomedical Science degree program that provides students with knowledge, skills, and expertise to pursue careers in a variety of biomedical professions.

Biomedical Sciences (MA)
Nine month Master degree program designed to enhance a student's candidacy for admission to professional graduate schools.

Special Programs

International Medicine Program
International Medicine Programs: CCOM and DOCARE Medical Mission to Guatemala for two weeks every year. International rotations are available for fourth-year students with approval of the CCOM Dean's Office.

Application Information

  • Primary application service: AACOMAS
  • Earliest application submission date: Opening Date of AACOMAS (5/3/2018)
  • Primary application deadline: 1/1/2019
  • Supplemental application deadline: 3/1/2019
  • Submission timing for best consideration: For best consideration, applicants should submit their AACOMAS application at least four weeks prior to this school's latest filing date.  

Admissions Process

The Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine considers for admission those students who possess the academic, professional, and personal qualities necessary to become exemplary osteopathic physicians. CCOM uses a rolling admissions process in which applications are reviewed and interview decisions are made at regular intervals during the admissions cycle. To be competitive within this process, applicants are strongly encouraged to apply early in the admissions cycle. All application materials, including the AACOMAS application, MCAT scores (as reported to AACOMAS), two required letters of recommendation, and all supplemental application materials with the application fee must be received in the Office of Admissions on or before March 1. Only completed applications received by the Office of Admissions on or before the deadline date will be reviewed for potential enrollment.

First-Year Class Matriculants' Selection Factors: 
The Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine considers for admission those students who possess the academic, professional and personal qualities necessary to become exemplary osteopathic physicians. Accepted students must meet all of the admissions requirements as listed on our website at CCOM uses a rolling admissions process in which applications are reviewed and interview decisions are made at regular intervals during the admissions cycle. To be competitive within this process, applicants are strongly encouraged to apply early in the admissions cycle.

International students (non-U.S. citizens or temporary residents) considered: Yes. Requirements can be found on our website.


  • Oldest MCAT considered: January 2016
  • Accept September 2018 MCAT scores: Yes
  • Accept January 2019 MCAT scores: No

Accepted Sources for Letters of Recommendation

  • Virtual Evals
  • Interfolio
  • Paper

Interview Format

When applicants come to campus for interviews, they join several other interviewees to meet with members of a three-person interview panel, which is selected from a volunteer group of basic scientists, current students, administrators, and clinicians. Panel members assess applicants for their academic and personal preparedness for medical school. They rate applicants on a standardized evaluation form relative to each variable. At the conclusion of the interviews, the panel members forward their applicant evaluations to the Admissions Committee.

Supplemental Application

  • Supplemental application required? Yes
  • Earliest supplemental application submission date: 6/1/2018
  • Supplemental application deadline: 3/1/2019
  • Supplemental application requirements:
    Completed supplemental application, resume, and fee.
  • Fee waiver available: Yes
  • Waiver conditions: 
    AACOMAS waiver
  • Supplemental application sent to the following prospective students:
    Screened applicants: Supplemental application will be emailed to all applicants who meet the minimum 2.75 overall and 2.75 science GPA requirements.
  • Supplemental application fee: $50, non-refundable

Premedical Coursework

Science Courses


  • Biology/Zoology, 8 semester hours with lab
  • Organic Chemistry, 8 semester hours with lab
  • Inorganic Chemistry, 8 semester hours with lab
  • Physics, 8 semester hours with lab


  • Biochemistry, 3 semester hours
  • Genetics, 3 semester hours
  • Anatomy, 3 semester hours
  • Physiology, 3 semester hours

Non-Science Courses


  • College English, 6 semester hours


  • Behavioral Sciences, 3 semester hours
  • Math/Statistics, 3 semester hours


Applicants will be requested to submit necessary matriculation documents, including a deposit, according to the following AACOMAS traffic guideline schedule:
  • Those accepted prior to November 15 will have until December 14
  • Those accepted between November 15 and January 14 will have 30 days
  • Those accepted between January 15 and May 14 will have 14 days
  • Those accepted after May 15 may be asked for an immediate deposit
  • Earliest acceptance date: 8/1/2018
  • Latest acceptance date: Until class is filled
  • Deferred entrance requests considered: Yes
    Deferments are only considered under extreme circumstances in which a physical illness or medical condition of the applicant or their immediate family member precludes the student from beginning classes at the start of the academic year. If granted by the Dean, a student may defer their admission for one year only.
  • Orientation / start date for first-year students: 8/6/2019

Early Decision Program

  • Early Decision Program (EDP) offered: No     

First-Year Class Matriculants

Self-Reported Race/Ethnicity

Matriculants from the 2016-2017 application cycle.

  • American Indian or Alaska Native: 0%
  • Asian: 41%
  • Black or African-American: 0%
  • Hispanic/Latino: 1% 
  • Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander: 0%
  • White: 54%
  • Multiple Races: 2%
  • Undisclosed: 3%

Majors of First-Year Class Matriculants

  • Science majors: 75%
  • Non-Science majors: 25%
  • Graduate degree(s): 14%

Financial Information

Tuition and Fees

  • 2017-18 annual resident tuition: $67,880
  • 2017-18 annual non-resident tuition: $67,880
  • 2017-18 annual resident fees: $700
  • 2017-18 annual non-resident fees: $700
  • 2017-18 annual health insurance fee: $4,048
  • Fees include: Student services and disability insurance  
  • Estimated annual room, board, books and living costs: $22,577
  • Average 2017 graduate indebtedness: $304,900


  • Amount of deposit to hold place in class: $200, partially refundable up until 30 calendar days prior to the first day of new student orientation.
  • Additional deposit amount: $0
  • Deposit applied to tuition: Yes

Financial Aid

  • Financial Aid Website
  • Enrolled students with federal financial aid: 89%
  • Scholarships: Yes
  • Average scholarship/grant: $9,394