09-2015-app-reportA review of the past four years of AACOMAS applicant profiles offers some interesting comparisons between the different applicant pools from that time period.

Four years is a fitting timeframe for analysis because it is the typical length of time a student spends in undergraduate medical education. The research data included in the AACOMAS Applicant Profile – Entering Classes 2012-2015 provides valuable insight to the applicant pool trends and changes related to osteopathic medical education (OME).

The following are some of the noteworthy findings included in this new report:

  • Total Applicants: The number of individual AACOMAS applicants has grown from 14,945 (2012) to 20,447 (2015), representing a 37 percent increase over four years. Over the same time period, the number of approved first-year seats available at the colleges increased from 5,327 to 6,392—an increase of 20 percent.
  • Gender: Previous data shows that female applicants peaked at 51 percent of total applications for the 2006 entering class. For classes entering 2012 through 2015, the percentage of female applicants has ranged from 46.1 to 46.5 percent.
  • Age: The average age of applicants over all four years is 25.
  • Race/Ethnicity:  Over the four-year period, the percentage of applicants reporting underrepresented race/ethnicity status (includes Hispanic/Latino ethnicity and Black/African-American, Native American/American Indian, and Hawaiian/Pacific Islander race) has increased from 11.3 percent to 13.6 percent.
  • Undergraduate Major: The percentage of applicants with undergraduate majors in life sciences has increased over four years, from 66.5 percent to 68.7 percent. The percentages of applicants reporting majors in the social sciences, physical sciences, and arts and humanities have declined slightly.
  • Grade Point Averages: Over four years the grade point averages (GPAs)—undergraduate and undergraduate plus graduate and/or post-baccalaureate—have  increased by about .02 to .03 points from 3.42 (undergrad only)/3.44 (all courses) to 3.44 (undergrad only)/3.47 (all courses). Breaking out GPAs by demographic categories shows similar increases across gender and race/ethnicity status.
  • MCAT scores: Mean total MCAT scores have increased by 0.65 from 25.73 to 26.38 over four years.
  • State/Country of Residence: The percentage of applicants who are U.S. citizens/permanent residents has declined slightly from 98.3 to 97.8 percent over four years.

For more detailed information, visit AACOM Reports and view the 2012-2015 AACOMAS Applicant Profile Report.


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September 2015
Vol. 9, No. 9