The recently-released AACOMAS Applicant Pool Profile for the Entering Class of 2017 provides a snapshot of the osteopathic medical school applicants and matriculants for the 2017 entering class. The annual report summarizes AACOMAS data on applicant and matriculant characteristics, education and testing scores, HRSA indicators, feeder colleges, and more.
AACOMAS received 183,374 individual school applications from 20,836 applicants for 7,317 American Osteopathic Association (AOA) Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation (COCA)-approved seats in fall 2016. This represents an increase of 116 (0.6%) applicants and a decrease of 2,228 (1.2%) applications compared to 2016.
Highlights of the AACOMAS Applicant Pool Profile for the Entering Class of 2017 include:
- For the single race/ethnicity category, the percentage of under-represented minorities increased by 0.8%, from 15% in 2016 to 15.8% in 2017.
- Post-baccalaureate overall mean GPA is the highest reported at 3.61, followed by graduate at 3.57, all coursework at 3.47, and baccalaureate at 3.45. The standard deviation for each of these categories ranged from .29 to .45.
- The mean scores for the new MCAT are as follows: Psychological, social, and biological foundations of behavior: 125.68 (increased by 0.63 from 2016) Biological and biochemical foundations of living systems: 125.43 (increased by 0.48 from 2016) Chemical and physical foundations of biological systems: 125.18 (increased by 0.4 from 2016)