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Admissions FAQ

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The American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM) provides an excellent overview of osteopathic medicine. Please click here for more information.

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 in early May. The deadline to submit your primary AACOMAS application is February 1 of the year of anticipated enrollment.

Strong candidates should have a cumulative GPA of 3.65+ and a science GPA of 3.30+. Our applicants have an average MCAT score of 503.

When we receive your verified AACOMAS application, you will receive a notification from the Office of Admissions. The notification will include a link and login instructions to access the Secondary Application online. Deadline to submit the Secondary Application is February 15, 2019.

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. Deadline to submit the Secondary Application is February 15, 2019.

Students accepted to the 2017 Entering Class had a cumulative GPA of 3.65, a science GPA of 3.61 and an average score of 503 on the MCAT.

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.

A Pre-medical Advisory Committee recommendation is preferred. In lieu of this recommendation, or in addition to, you can submit two letters from science faculty (Biological Sciences, Chemistry, etc.), who can attest to your 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 strongly recommended.

*Deadline to submit letters of recommendation is February 15, 2019.

You may submit your letters of recommendation via AACOMAS, Virtual Eval (VE), or Interfolio. When submitting letters of recommendation, please be sure to include your AACOMAS ID to ensure proper matching. If you find it necessary to mail letters of recommendation, please forward to the following address:

Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine
Office of Admissions
113 East Laurel Road
P.O. Box 1011
Stratford, NJ 08084

*Deadline to submit letters of recommendation is February 15, 2019.

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.

Yes, we will accept the January MCAT.

MCAT scores are good for a period of five years. For instance, January 2013 is the oldest MCAT accepted for entry into the 2018 first year class.

All students enrolled in the Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine are eligible to apply for financial aid. In general, financial aid is awarded based upon enrollment and not need. Financial aid is any loan, scholarship, and/or grant that is awarded to assist in financing education. Incoming students are encouraged to complete and submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) along with the Financial Aid Internal Application that is required of all Stratford Campus students applying for financial aid. The completion of the FAFSA is a federal requirement that determines need and eligibility. It is not a loan or scholarship application.

Financial Aid awarded at the Graduate/Professional School level is typically through the Department of Education's Title IV Programs. The school also participates in the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Title VII loan programs.

Tuition (2018-2019)
In-State: $40,135
Out-of-State: $64,393

*Out-of-state residents pay out-of-state tuition for all four years of medical school.

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 or email at RowanSOMAdmissions@rowan.edu.

  1. Accepted students have no "right" to a deferment.
  2. Only accepted applicants may request a deferment.
  3. Applicants may request a deferment for the following reasons:
    • Illness
    • Military requirements
  4. Other non-academic crises that will seriously impact the applicant's ability to succeed as a medical student will be considered.
  5. Applicants requesting a deferment will be expected to provide documentation of the condition for which a deferment is requested. The documentation should be sent to the Assistant Dean for Admissions.
  6. The Assistant Dean for Admissions, in consultation with the Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, will make a decision regarding the deferment.
  7. The Applicant may appeal unfavorable decisions to the Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs.
  8. No deferments will be considered within two weeks of the registration date.
  9. A deferment, when granted, is for one year only. Should an applicant need additional time, he/she would be required to reapply to the school.

Yes. While each case is reviewed separately, RowanSOM conducts a criminal background check prior to admission to ensure the health, welfare and safety of patients and others at RowanSOM. This policy applies to all applicants conditionally accepted to, and students enrolled in or visiting, educational programs that may include clinical experience in any facility that requires a criminal background check.

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