The Marian University College of Osteopathic Medicine (MU-COM) recognizes the power of the osteopathic medical philosophy, which treats the root cause of illness, not just symptoms, and promotes a lifetime of wellness. Indiana's newest medical school opened in August 2013 and combines the strengths of the osteopathic philosophy and Marian University's rich Catholic and Franciscan history.
The program has a focus on primary care but will provide students
with opportunities in all areas of medicine, delivered by a dynamic academic community.
MU-COM recruits bright and talented individuals throughout the United States, as well as abroad, for all our programs. All applicants are required to meet the academic requirements, minimum technical standards, as well as health requirements.
MU-COM uses the central application system for osteopathic medicine (AACOMAS) and only accepts primary applications from AACOMAS. Applicants can find application instructions online and submit an application by going to aacomas.aacom.org.
MU-COM uses a holistic admissions process, seeking to admit students who have characteristics and interests that align with our mission. There are a number of factors influencing admissions decisions including MCAT scores, science GPA, overall GPA, personal accomplishments, future career interests, and other factors which play a role in the selection process.
All students are required to meet the technical standards for admissions.
Required coursework must be completed before matriculation, not the application.
The Marian University College of Osteopathic Medicine accepts advanced placement credit as long as such credit appears on the undergraduate transcript and indicates either specific subject credit (e.g. Organic General Chemistry – 4 units) or specific course credit (e.g., Chemistry 101 – 4 units). General advanced placement credit without such specifications is not accepted.
Courses with equivalent content will be reviewed. Most COMs follow the AACOMAS definition of science courses to determine science GPA and science hours. See the ChooseDo website for more information.
MU-COM does not accept updates to the AACOMAS application by email. Please update all information on primary applications with AACOMAS. In turn, they will send us a revised application.
MU-COM has developed the first paperless application system in the osteopathic medical school profession. Applicants complete primary and supplemental applications online. Communications, processing fees, and other application material are also submitted electronically.
Please follow the letter of recommendation guidelines when submitting letters of recommendation.
A minimum of three (3) letters of recommendation are required from individuals who know the applicant in a professional capacity and can comment on one's character, work ethic, academic history, scientific acumen, empathy, compassion, resilience, emotional intelligence, commitment and knowledge of the healthcare environment. The Admissions Committee strongly prefers that the letters be from the following sources:
Candidates who may not have the ability to submit letters from any/all of the above sources should select letter writers who know them in a professional or service-related capacity and can comment on the applicant's character, work ethic, academic history, scientific acumen, empathy, compassion, resilience, emotional intelligence, commitment and/or knowledge of the healthcare environment.
Applicants are able to submit additional forms/letters, but it is not encouraged. All additional letters must touch on something not mentioned in previous letters of recommendation.
In order to facilitate the timely processing of applications, please follow these guidelines regarding your letters of recommendation.
Letters are uploaded once a week. Once uploaded, letters are reviewed by a staff member for completeness. This process can take two to three weeks, depending on the volume of letters that need to be reviewed.
Intentional misrepresentation or omission of information on any form relevant to admissions or records will subject the student to withdrawal of acceptance or dismissal if enrolled.
COMs reserve the right to deny admission to any applicant for any reason deemed sufficient. Matriculation will be denied to applicants who have failed to maintain a good record of scholastic performance and/or a good record of personal conduct between the time of their acceptance and their matriculation.
Upon receiving a completed primary application, an initial screening is conducted. Applicants who meet our minimum academic requirements will be sent an invitation and instructions on how to complete our supplemental application.
Once receiving a supplemental application and related application materials, an applicant's file is complete. MU-COM reviews files in a holistic manner to determine if the applicant has the academic ability and experiences to succeed in medical school. Finally, MU-COM follows the current AACOMAS grade replacement policy.
Once you've met the following requirements, MU-COM will begin to review your application in a holistic manner.
An applicant's application is evaluated by a number of factors prior to being selected for an interview. The admissions process is competitive, and a higher grade point average (above 3.40) results in improved chances for acceptance. A competitive MCAT score usually begins at 500; however, the MCAT is weighed in connection with GPA and personal qualities. MU-COM places an emphasis on the last 120 credit hours and on the science and required courses when choosing between competitive applicants. COMs also place emphasis on the applicant’s interview.
Each applicant who interviews will be reviewed by the admissions committee. An admission decision, based on academic performance, professional/volunteering/extracurricular experiences, and interview performance, will be provided to the applicant, typically within a few weeks after the interview dates.
If accepted a seat and tuition deposit are required. The seat deposit follows AACOMAS traffic guidelines, while MU-COM has specific guidelines for the tuition deposit.
Note: If you've applied to the Early Decision Program, those deadlines will be applicable to your application and offer of admission.
|May 4||AACOMAS application opens.|
|June 15||Primary applications start to arrive from AACOMAS.|
|July 15*||For the Early Decision Program (EDP) primary application must be received.* |
|August 15||All EDP application materials must be received.|
|September 2#||Interviews start.|
|September 29 ||Applicants notified of EDP decision.|
|December 14||First seat deposit deadline for regular admission.|
|February 1||Primary application deadline.|
|March 1||Supplemental application deadline and all application materials must be received.|
|April 7||Interviews end.|
|May 1||Confirmation of seat for regular admission.|
*All applicants should allow at least 2-4 weeks for AACOMAS to verify transcripts and other application material.
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