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?

You will receive a copy of the supplemental application via email once your AACOMAS application has been received.  For your convenience, you may also access the supplemental application here on our website. You will be required to complete the secondary application and submit it with your application fee of $90.00.  All applicants are required to complete the supplemental application as part of the admissions process. The deadline for submission is March 15 of the year of anticipated enrollment. You may send your supplemental application to: Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine, One Medical Center Drive, Academic Center, Suite 210, P.O. Box 1011 Stratford, NJ 08084. Please do not submit your Supplemental application via email as this will delay processing.

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, you must attach a copy of the fee waiver to your supplemental application upon submission.

 

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 or post-baccalaureate school does not have a committee, we require two letters from science faculty who can attest to the applicant's qualifications for medical school.

Letters from D.O. physicians are not required but are recommended.

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 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?

Tuition (2012-2013)
In State $34,445
Out-of-State $55, 268

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.

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