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The 2019 AACOMAS Applicant Pool Profile Summary Report Is Now Available

July 22, 2019

Each year, the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM) summarizes the information entered by applicants into their osteopathic medical school application. The newly published 2019 AACOMAS Applicant Pool Profile Summary Report describes the characteristics of applicants for the class entering in 2019 who applied to the 40 osteopathic medical schools and branch campuses which participated in AACOMAS.

Key findings from this report include:

  • AACOMAS received 193,119 individual school applications from 21,584 applicants for 7,672 American Osteopathic Association (AOA) Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation (COCA)-approved seats in Fall 2018. This represents an increase of 603 (2.8%) applicants and an increase of 11,159 (5.8%) applications compared to 2018. There are 2.81 applicants for each COCA-approved seat in the first-year class, a decrease of .06, compared to 2.87 in 2018.
  • Post-baccalaureate overall mean GPA is the highest reported at 3.63, followed by graduate at 3.59, all-coursework at 3.48, cumulative undergraduate at 3.47, and baccalaureate at 3.46.
  • The three most common ways applicants first learn about osteopathic medicine are as follows: 4,926 (23.1%) from an osteopathic physician, 3,514 (16.5%) from a pre-health advisor or faculty member, and 3,375 (15.8%) from current medical students.

View the full report and visit AACOM Research Reports for more information.