Frequently Asked Questions

Admission Requirements

1. What are the pre-requisite coursework requirements?
 Applicants must have completed an acceptable academic year sequence, with a grade of "C" or better, in the following pre-requisite courses:

  • English: 6 semester hours
  • Biology, including a basic course in general biology or general zoology
    (lecture and laboratory): 8 semester hours
  • General Chemistry (lecture and laboratory): 8 semester hours
  • Organic Chemistry (lecture and laboratory): 8 semester hours (College of Osteopathic Medicine will not substitute biochemistry for the second semester of organic chemistry)
  • Physics (lecture and laboratory): 8 semester hours

2. Is it necessary to have all of my pre-requisite coursework completed before I submit my application?
No, you may still have in-progress coursework during your application year. Please list the courses as "in-progress" on your AACOMAS application. Be aware that any admissions decisions that are made will be contingent upon your successful completion of the courses with a grade of "C" or higher. A bachelor's degree must be earned by the point of matriculation, if admitted.

3. Class Profile:
Applications Received: 6,200

Class of 2017
Female: 44%
Male: 56%
In-State: 70%
Out-of-State: 30%
Average MCAT: 28
Average overall GPA: 3.6

4. When can I submit my AACOMAS application?
You can submit your AACOMAS application as of May 1. For more information, please visit their website at

5. What is the application deadline?
The deadline for submitting your application to AACOMAS is February 1. Please be aware that we work on a rolling admissions basis and the earlier that you apply the better chance you will have for consideration.

6. Do you accept online courses for the pre-requisite coursework?
No, all pre-requisite coursework must be completed at an accredited institution.

7. Can my undergraduate pre-requisite coursework expire?
No, as long as you took the courses at an accredited institution and earned a grade of "C" or higher in them we can count the credit. If you have been out of school for years and feel that you need to retake coursework to refresh yourself for the MCAT that is acceptable, but not required.

Supplemental Application

1. Does the College of Osteopathic Medicine use a supplemental application?
Yes, we use an online supplemental application that is for all applicants. It is important to complete the supplemental as soon as you have received an email from us acknowledging your AACOMAS application and directing you to the supplemental. For more specific questions and instructions for the supplemental application, visit the "How to Apply" tab on our website.

2. Does the College of Osteopathic Medicine offer a fee waiver for the supplemental application fee?
Yes, if you have been awarded a fee waiver from AACOMAS then you are eligible for a fee waiver for the supplemental. You will need to forward us the email that you received from AACOMAS at

Read more about Supplemental FAQ's

MCAT Requirements

1. Will the College of Osteopathic Medicine accept the January administration of the MCAT?
In order to have the best chance for admission, you should take it for thefirst time no later than September of your application year. We will consider January MCAT scores, but if they are your first set of scores you will be at a disadvantage since we would be receiving them towards the end of our review process and most likely too late for consideration.

2. How old can an MCAT score be before it is no longer valid?
MCAT scores must have been taken within three years of the application date. For example: If you took the MCAT on April 7, 2007 then your score will be valid until April 7, 2010. You must apply by this date for your score to be valid.

3. Do you review applications without MCAT scores?
No, the MCAT is required.

Recommendation Letters/Virtual Evals/Interfolio

1. How many and what type of recommendation letters are required?
The College of Osteopathic Medicine requires that each applicant submit either a pre-health committee packet or three faculty recommendation letters (two of which must be science faculty). We do not place a limit on the number of recommendation letters submitted. A DO or MD letter is strongly recommended although not required and cannot be substituted for a faculty letter. Employer letters will be accepted in addition to, but not in place of a faculty letter.

2. I've been out of school for a few years and do not have any undergraduate faculty contacts left. Who should I approach about letters?
You may request letters from graduate faculty if they are available or colleagues with whom you work or perform research if they areon faculty at a college or university.

3. Does the College of Osteopathic Medicine utilize Virtual Evals and/or Interfolio?
Yes, we will accept recommendation letters through either Virtual Evals or Interfolio. If you would like to send your letters this way you must contact your advisor to do so. If your school doesn't have either of these options, you may have letters sent directly to the admissions office by mail to this address:

College of Osteopathic Medicine
Office of Admissions
Serota Academic Center, Room 203
Northern Boulevard
Old Westbury, NY 11568-8000

Status Check

1. Do you provide status updates to my application through the admissions process?
If you are chosen to interview at the College of Osteopathic Medicine you will be provided with the information regarding the status of your file and letters. Otherwise, we will not be able to offer individual status checks.


1. When does the College of Osteopathic Medicine begin interviewing?
The College of Osteopathic Medicine begins interviewing in November and continues through early spring until the class is filled. We work on a rolling basis so applicants are interviewed and accepted throughout this time period.

2. I have already had my interview, when will I hear from you?
The Admissions Committee will meet frequently throughout the interview period to expedite the admissions decisions. All notifications will be sent via regular mail.

3. I have been accepted, but would like more time to make my decision. Can I request an extension?
Applicants who have been accepted are offered ample time to make a decision. We will not be able to give you extensions.

Updating Information

1. What is the proper way to update information on my application?
To update information on your primary application, you must contact AACOMAS directly. To update information on your secondary application, you can "edit" information prior to payment or "add" information after payment.

Withdrawing My Application

1. What is the proper way to withdraw my AACOMAS application?
To withdraw your AACOMAS application, please send us an email at requesting to withdraw from the current academic year. Please include in the email your full name and AACOMAS ID number.

College of Osteopathic Medicine Tours/Information Session/Open House

1. Does the College of Osteopathic Medicine offer individual tours and appointments? Information sessions or Open House?
The College of Osteopathic Medicine does not offer individual tours and only provides individual meetings to prospective applicants on a case-to-case basis (and prior to application submission) as we work at such a high volume.

Please visit our website regarding any upcoming information programs. If you are chosen to interview at the College of Osteopathic Medicine you will be provided with a full day of on-campus programming including an in-depth tour.

Out-of-state students

1. Does the College of Osteopathic Medicine accept out-of-state students? What is the in-state/out-of-state ratio?
Yes, the College of Osteopathic Medicine does accept out-of-state students. Our current in-state to out-of-state ratio is 70/30.

Transfer Students

1. How can I transfer from another DO school to the College of Osteopathic Medicine?

Applications for transfer to the College of Osteopathic Medicine will be for entrance into the third year. Students must have successfully completed the equivalent of allCollege of Osteopathic Medicine first and second year courses. All third and fourth year requirements must be completed at  the College of Osteopathic Medicine.

2. Can I transfer from an MD school to the College of Osteopathic Medicine ?
The College of Osteopathic Medicinedoes not accept transfer students from MD schools. Transfer must occur from other medical schools which are accredited by the American Osteopathic Association.

International Students

1. Does the College of Osteopathic Medicineaccept international students?
In order to be admitted to the College of Osteopathic Medicine, a student must have US Citizenship or US Permanent Residency status.

Find a Doctor to Shadow

1. Where can I find a doctor to shadow?
You can use the following website to assist you in locating a DO: