Frequently Asked Questions
What is Osteopathic Medicine and how can I learn more about it?
The American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM) provides a basic answer to this question here. In addition, if you would like to learn more about the profession from the prospective of current Osteopathic medical students you can download “A Brief Guide to Osteopathic Medicine, For Students, By Students.”
How do I obtain an application?
RowanSOM participates in the American Association of College of Osteopathic Medicine Application Service, (AACOMAS). You must complete the AACOMAS application located on the AACOM website at www.aacom.org. Applicants may apply to AACOMAS effective May 1. The deadline to submit your primary AACOMAS application is February 1 of the year of anticipated enrollment.
When and how do I receive the supplemental application?
The Office of Admissions is thrilled to inform you that we are implementing a fully electronic application process for the 2014-2015 application cycle! This new process will allow us to process your application materials much faster while also allowing you to view the status of your application online in real-time. When we receive your verified AACOMAS application you will receive a notification from the Office of Admissions informing you that it has been received with a link and login instructions to access the Secondary Application online.
How do I receive a fee waiver for my supplemental application?
Fee waivers are only granted to individuals who have been granted an AACOMAS Fee Waiver. If you are granted an AACOMAS fee waiver AACOMAS will notify the Office of Admissions and your secondary application fee page will automatically be marked complete when you access the secondary application online.
What are the average MCAT and GPA for accepted students?
Students accepted to the 2013 entering class had an average cumulative GPA of 3.63, science GPA of 3.55, and an MCAT score of 28.
Do you give preference to in-state applicants?
RowanSOM does give some preference to NJ residents, but out of state applicants are encouraged to apply. We accept competitive applicants from all over the country.
How many letters of recommendations do you require?
A Premedical Advisory Committee recommendation is required. If the applicant’s undergraduate, graduate, or post-baccalaureate program does not have a pre-medical committee, we require two letters from science faculty who can attest to the applicant's qualifications for medical school. If you are unable to obtain the required letters of recommendation please contact the Office of Admissions. Letters from D.O. physicians are not required but are recommended.
How do I submit my letters of recommendation?
You may submit your letters of recommendation via Virtual Eval (VE), Interfolio, or via the U.S. Postal Service. Please be certain to have your AACOMAS ID appear on your letters of recommendation. If submitting your letters via Interfolio please be sure to include the year of your application at the end of your AACOMAS id to ensure proper matching (for example: 12345672015, not 1234567 or 1234567-2015). If mailing your letters of recommendation please forward to:
Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine
Office of Admissions
One Medical Center Drive, Academic Center
Suite 210, P.O. Box 1011
Stratford, NJ 08084
Will I be notified once my file is complete?
Once your file is complete, a notification e-mail will be sent to you by the Office of Admissions. Your application file will then be submitted to the Admissions Committee for review. If the Admissions Committee decides to grant an interview, you will be notified immediately.
Please note that a file is considered "complete" once the minimum application requirements have been received. It is incumbent upon the applicant to ensure that any additional materials submitted are received by the admissions office.
Will you accept the January MCAT?
Yes, we will accept the January MCAT.
What are the oldest MCAT scores you accept?
MCAT scores are good for a period of five years. For instance, January 2009 is the oldest MCAT accepted for entry into the 2014 first year class.
Is there financial aid available to medical students?
Financial need is not a factor in the selection of students. All accepted applicants are advised to contact the Financial Aid Office immediately to discuss aid and fill out all necessary forms. Financial aid is given on the basis of need, as assessed by a need based analysis. The analysis is usually adjusted upward to reflect costs in the northeastern United States. Please contact the Financial Aid Office for additional information on aid, tuition and fees or visit them on the web at http://www.rowan.edu/som/studentfinancialaid
What is the current tuition?
Out of state residents are to pay out of state tuition continually for all four years of medical school.
Can I visit the school or speak with an admissions staff member?
We encourage prospective students to visit our institution. Please see our Upcoming Events page for information about opportunities to visit our campus and learn more about our program. The Office of Admissions is available to assist you or provide an academic consultation if you desire. You can speak with a representative or schedule an appointment by contacting the Office of Admissions at (856) 566-7050.