University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine
Location: Biddeford, ME
COVID-19 Related Information
Interview Options for 2021-2022 Cycle: Virtual Interviews Only
Physician Letter Required? MD or DO
Shadowing Options: Accepts Either Virtual or In-Person Shadowing
Accepts Online Coursework to Fulfill Prerequisite Requirements? Yes
Accepts Prerequisite Coursework Pass/Fail Grades? Typically we require that a student have a minimum of a ‘C’ grade in prerequisite courses. In light of the pandemic and the change to on-line formats, we recognize that some students may only be able to provide a pass/fail grade for their prerequisite courses and will accept those.
Accepts Online Lab Coursework? Yes
The University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine (UNE COM) fosters the development of health care leaders across the continuum in undergraduate, pre-doctoral, graduate medical, and continuing medical education to advance exceptional osteopathic health care locally and globally through practice, research, scholarship, education, and community health.
UNE COM, set in a beautiful location where the Saco River meets the Atlantic Ocean, is committed to transforming students into health care leaders who advance patient-centered, high-quality osteopathic care, community health, and research for the people of Maine, New England, and the nation, through an emphasis on educating primary care physicians. Our academic environment, and community, is one of collaboration and support amongst the student body, faculty members, and professional staff. UNE COM is recognized for excellence in primary care, osteopathic manipulative medicine, and geriatric education. UNE has seven Centers of Excellence, which include the Center for Biomedical Research Excellence for the Study of Pain and Sensory Function (COBRE); the Center for Excellence in Aging; the Center for Excellence in Collaborative Education; the Center for Excellence in the Neurosciences; the Center for Excellence in Digital Health; the Center of Excellence in Public Health, and UNE North, The Institute for North Atlantic Studies of the University of New England.
Biddeford, Maine; Rural, Oceanside. Closest city is Portland, ME.
Year founded: 1978
Type: Private, non-profit
UNE COM is accredited by the Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation (COCA) and by the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges. The College of Osteopathic Medicine has received Accreditation with Exceptional Outcomes from the American Osteopathic Association Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation, the only national accrediting agency for predoctoral osteopathic medical education in the U.S.
- University of New England
- Jack S. Ketchum Library, Biddeford Campus, and Josephine S. Abplanalp ’45 Library, Portland Campus. Libraries are open 24/5, with reduced hours on Saturday and Sunday.
- Leonard Hall features the latest in state-of-the-art educational technology, white boards and other features which allow for case-based learning and other innovative educational learning experiences.
- The Harold Alfond Center for Health Sciences offers students outstanding gross anatomy and osteopathic manipulative medicine laboratories.
- The Clinical Performance Center for work with standardized patients and patient simulators.
- The Pickus Center for Biomedical Research provides opportunities to collaborate with faculty on basic science research.
- The University Campus Center includes a fitness center, racquetball court, gym, and an indoor track and pool, with an extensive intramurals program.
- The Alfond Forum athletics complex includes an ice hockey rink, basketball court, classroom space, fitness center, and multi-purpose indoor practice courts that can also be used for performances and other events.
- The Ripich Commons features a dining facility, small gathering spaces, larger community gathering spaces and flexible office space, plus lounge areas for student study including a dedicated COM Student Lounge.
Student residence options:
There is no on-campus housing available for graduate students on the Biddeford campus. Students generally have year round rentals in the surrounding communities of Biddeford, Saco, Old Orchard Beach, and Portland, ME. Some students utilize rentals of seasonal housing, however students are encouraged to be mindful of the academic year calendar as they make these arrangements.
- Total medical school enrollment: 702
- Total male: 301
- Total female: 399
- First-year matriculants:178
- First-year male matriculants: 63
- First-year female matriculants: 115
- Matriculants in-state: 17
- Matriculants out-of-state: 161
- Total enrollment affiliate institutions: 7,208
The UNE COM curriculum is designed to develop osteopathic primary care and other specialized physicians who are skilled in health promotion and illness prevention, as well as the delivery of health care to the ill. To that end, UNE COM provides an innovative, contemporary, patient-focused curriculum that fosters life-long, self-directed, evidence-based learning and professional development. UNECOM students spend the first two years of the program on the University of New England (UNE) campus in Biddeford, ME.
During the first and second years, students will be exposed to patients in clinical settings, and are required to demonstrate clinical skills competency to progress in the program. Our innovative, integrated curriculum is dedicated to helping students acquire a deep understanding of structural human anatomy through rigorous academic study, coordinated with exploration and practice in the dissection lab, clinical skills lab, and in the clinic. A thorough grounding in the manual skills of osteopathic manipulative medicine (OMM) is provided in the first two years, and supplemented, reinforced, and expanded in Years 3 and 4.
In addition to being focused on clinical experiences and competency, we value the role of research in all educational, clinical, and basic science activities. Our Center for Excellence in the Neurosciences endeavors to make innovative discoveries in the neurosciences. The Center of Biomedical Research Excellence for the Study of Pain and Sensory Function works toward an understanding of the neurobiology of chronic pain, and the discovery and development of new therapies. Scheduled learning sessions include traditional didactic lectures, interactive problem solving sessions, facilitated case-based learning, patient case study discussions, hands-on laboratory exercises, panel discussions, demonstrations, and clinically focused encounters with standardized and real patients. The last two years of predoctoral training focuses on experiential learning in a clinical setting to further develop individual and team learning and to expand clinical acumen.
The entire third year curriculum is conducted, over a twelve-month period, at one of the designated Clinical Campuses, located throughout New England and the Northeast region. Year 4 students continue their learning with selective and elective clinical rotations at UNE COM-approved programs of their choice.
Dual Degree Programs
UNE COM students can earn their Master of Public Health (MPH) degree fully online. The 46-credit hour curriculum is designed to enhance students’ skills in a variety of professional areas including analysis, communication, program development and planning, financial management, policy, ethics, and law. The MPH curriculum also includes a culminating practicum that allows students to put into place what they have learned in the program.
Graduate Certificate in Public Health
UNE’s 18-credit-hour Graduate Certificate in Public Health provides students with the core public health concepts they need to either enhance their professional knowledge or to pursue a graduate degree in the field. These 18 credit hours are the foundation courses for UNE’s Master of Public Health degree. All certificate program courses are transferable to UNE’s MPH degree program.
Anatomy/Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine Undergraduate Fellowship
The Pre-Doctoral Fellowship Program in the Departments of Anatomy and Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine is designed to expand the educational opportunities for selected students with guided learning experiences in the areas of medical education, research, Osteopathic Principles and Practices, and Anatomy while they assist in all phases of the departments’ operations. They will assist in lecturing, teaching, assessing, and counseling of the first and second year students. During the year the Fellow(s) provide clinical services under the supervision of faculty members and are encouraged to develop or participate in research projects with the assistance of the basic science and/or clinical faculties.
Pettapiece and Morgane Student Research Fellowship
Medical students at the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine can apply for funding to conduct research projects through either the UNE COM Dean’s office (Peter Morgane Student Research Fellowship) or UNE COM Student Government Association (Carmen Pettapiece Student Research Fellowship). These are great opportunities for UNE COM students who wish to participate and obtain experience in biomedical, clinical, experiential, or translational research either at UNE or at other locations nationally/globally. Research projects can have a basic science, community health, clinical, and/or osteopathic orientation. Applications are evaluated through respective review processes and selections are made accordingly. All current UNE COM students who are matriculated at the time of the award and in good academic standing are welcome to apply.
Science Prerequisites for Health Professions Courses (SPHP)
The Science Prerequisite for Health Professions courses via UNE Online are for students who wish to enter a health professions program but need additional coursework to complete their graduate or medical school application. Most of our SPHP students are either enrolled at another university or have actually completed their undergraduate degree.
UNE Care of the Underserved Pathway
The Care for the Underserved Pathways AHEC Scholars Program (CUP AHEC Scholars Program) is a two-year honors distinction program that provides opportunities for health professions students to increase leadership skills, gain competencies in interprofessional education and team-based practice, understand and address health disparities and the social determinants of health in rural and underserved communities, and understand the role of practice transformation in addressing significant health and public health issues. CUP AHEC Scholars will participate in group and individual learning activities as well as community based clinical and non-clinical activities in a variety of rural and urban underserved settings. The goal of the program is to increase the number of health professions students who graduate and practice in rural and underserved communities. Faculty involved in CUP supplement the curriculum by serving as positive role models and mentors to future health professionals providing care to underserved patients.
Admissions Process & Application Information
Applications, as verified and received from AACOMAS, are pre-screened for minimum requirements. Qualified candidates will receive an invitation to submit the supplemental application fee. Applications are reviewed for completion (prerequisites complete or in-progress for completion by 1/1/2022, embedded supplemental questions completed, supplemental application fee paid, all required Letters of Recommendation received, official MCAT scores submitted, or planned test dates listed). Completed applications are holistically reviewed for interview invitation. Admissions decisions are determined after each interview session and are on-going throughout the application cycle. UNE COM evaluates applicants for admission on an individual’s demonstration of scholastic abilities, clinical and medically related experiences, motivation to practice osteopathic medicine in New England, and emotional intelligence necessary to study and practice osteopathic medicine.
- Primary application service: AACOMAS
- Earliest application submission date: Opening Date of AACOMAS (5/4/2021)
- Primary application deadline: 2/1/2022
- Supplemental application deadline: 3/15/2022
- Submission timing for best consideration:
Applicants are encouraged to complete their AACOMAS application as early as possible in the admissions cycle to ensure consideration for an invitation to interview.
First-Year Class Matriculants' Selection Factors
UNE COM evaluates applicants for admission on an individual’s demonstration of scholastic abilities, clinical and medically related experiences, motivation to practice osteopathic medicine in New England, and emotional intelligence necessary to study and practice osteopathic medicine.
- Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.8 and minimum science GPA of 2.8, at time of application, as calculated by AACOMAS (factoring in all courses taken with no forgiveness for repeated coursework).
- Minimum score of 490 on the Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT). Scores from January 2019 through January 2022 only.
- All prerequisite courses must be successfully completed with a grade of “C” or better (“C-“grades or pass/fail coursework not acceptable) by January 1, 2022.
- Applicants must have completed 90 semester hours or 75 percent credit towards a baccalaureate degree from a U.S. regionally accredited college or university, or international equivalent, at time of application, resulting in a degree awarded prior to matriculation.
- Applicants who meet minimum requirements for application should understand that the average GPA and MCAT scores for students interviewed and accepted into the program are well above the published minimum requirements. Just meeting the minimum application requirements does not guarantee an invitation to submit the supplemental fee, an interview at, or an acceptance to, UNE COM.
UNE does not discriminate in admissions or access to, or treatment in, its programs and activities on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin, color, gender, sexual orientation, religion, age, veteran status, or disabling conditions in violation of federal or state civil rights laws of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.
International students (non-U.S. citizens or temporary residents) considered: Yes. See: https://www.une.edu/admissions/intl/how-to-apply and https://www.une.edu/com/admissions/criteria-procedures and scroll down to ‘International Applicants’
- Oldest MCAT considered: 1/1/2019
- Accept September 2021 MCAT scores: Yes
- Accept January 2022 MCAT scores: Yes
Accepted Sources for Letters of Recommendation
- Supplemental application required? Yes
- Earliest supplemental application submission date: 5/2/2021
- Supplemental application deadline: 3/15/2022
- Supplemental application requirements:
Supplemental Application questions are embedded in the AACOMAS application.
- Fee waiver available: Yes
- Waiver conditions:
AACOMAS fee waiver
- Supplemental application sent to the following prospective students:
Qualified applicants will be invited to submit the supplemental application payment and move forward in the process.
- Supplemental application fee: $55, non-refundable
A team comprised of biomedical and/or clinical faculty, administrators, and current students conduct open-file interviews. Candidates are scheduled for a 30-minute interview which focuses on assessing each candidate’s characteristics, their fit with our mission, and an understanding of the osteopathic approach. We look for depth of reasoning and support of the discussion in their responses. Interviews are by invitation only, and required for admission.
- Biology/Zoology, 8 semester hours with lab
- Organic Chemistry, 4 semester hours with lab
- Inorganic Chemistry, 8 semester hours with lab
- Physics, 8 semester hours with lab
- Biochemistry, 3 semester hours
*Advanced Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate (IB) test credit accepted toward all prerequisite requirements. No other test credit accepted. Visit https://www.une.edu/com/admissions/criteria-procedures for detailed information on accepted coursework.
- Cell/Mollecular Biology
- College English/English/Humanities, 6 semester hours
- Behavioral Sciences, 6 semester hours
- Other Behavioral Science Coursework
Applicants will be requested to submit necessary matriculation documents, including a deposit, according to the following AACOMAS traffic guideline schedule:
- Those accepted prior to November 15 will have until December 14
- Those accepted between November 15 and January 14 will have 30 days
- Those accepted between January 15 and May 14 will have 14 days
- Those accepted after May 15 may be asked for an immediate deposit
- Earliest acceptance date: 9/10/2021
- Latest acceptance date: 7/1/2022
- Deferred entrance requests considered: No
- Orientation / start date for first-year students: 6/29/2022
Early Decision Program
- Early Decision Program (EDP) offered: No
First-Year Class Matriculants
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Majors of First-Year Matriculants (Entering Class 2020)
Tuition, Fees & Financial Aid
Tuition and Fees
- 2020-21 annual resident tuition: $58,430
- 2020-21 annual non-resident tuition: $58,430
- 2020-21 annual resident fees: $2,390
- 2020-21 annual non-resident fees: $2,390
- 2020-21 annual health insurance fee: $4,174
- Fees include:
- Student Services
- Student Activities
- Technology (not computer)
- Health Service
- Estimated annual room, board, books and living costs: $27,300. Estimated annual room, board, books and living costs: 1st year: $27,300; 2nd year: $25,240; 3rd year: $28,555; 4th year: $22,950.
- Average 2020 graduate indebtedness: $221,894
- Amount of deposit to hold place in class: $500, non-refundable
- Additional deposit amount: $1,500
- Deposit applied to tuition: $2,000 applied towards tuition if student enrolls.
- The second deposit is refundable until May 1, after which it will be forfeited if the student does not matriculate.
- Financial Aid Website
- Enrolled students with federal financial aid: 77%
- Scholarships: Yes
- Average scholarship/grant: $25,399
Contacts & Additional Resources
11 Hills Beach Road
Biddeford, ME 04005
Main phone: 1 (800) 477-4UNE