According to the Preliminary Enrollment Report-Fall 2013, released earlier this month by AACOM’s Research, Recruitment and Special Projects Department, osteopathic medical college new student enrollment grew by 11.1 percent this fall. The steep growth in first-year student matriculation brings the total enrollment at osteopathic medical colleges to 23,144 students, an increase of 4.9 percent over fall of 2012. The increase in first-year student enrollment is attributed in part to three new colleges of osteopathic medicine that opened this year: the Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine (ACOM), Campbell University School of Osteopathic Medicine (CUSOM), and Marian University College of Osteopathic Medicine (MUCOM).
Currently, more than 20 percent of U.S. medical students are studying to become osteopathic physicians. This percentage is expected to increase as application numbers continue to rise, new campuses are developed, and as established colleges continue to expand with increases in their class sizes.
For more information, read the press release and visit AACOM’s Fast Facts About Osteopathic Medical Education webpage.