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 California State University, Fullerton

Osteopathic: AACOMAS

Before you Begin

  • AACOMAS website
  • AACOMAS Application Guide
  • The application will be available for viewing as early as May 3, 2013. The application cycle will open on June 1, 2013 and ends on April 1, 2014.
    • Deadlines vary by college, so confirm deadlines for the schools to which you are applying.
    • AACOMAS recommends students submit at least six weeks before school deadlines.
  • July 15, 2013is the last day the HPAO will upload committee packets. In order to meet this deadline you are required to submit:
    • A copy of your AACOMAS application
    • Any additional letters of evaluation not previously received
  • Please remember to be professional when interacting with AACOMAS and college staff members. 
  • APPLY EARLY!!! Remember, the earlier you apply the more seats schools will have available. Applying late in the application cycle means that you are competing with a few hundred applicants for one or two spots versus applying early and competing for 80+ spots (varies per school).

Transcripts/Coursework

  • AACOMAS will calculate your GPA and credit hours according to the following rules: GPAs and credit hours will be calculated for Science, Non-Science and All Coursework. Science GPAs include Biology/Zoology, Biochemistry, Inorganic Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, Other Science, and Physics. Non-science GPAs include Behavioral Science, English, Math, and Other Non-science.
  • Courses with AACOMAS grades of pass, non-pass, and advanced placement (AP) are not included in GPA calculations. Only the last instance of a repeated course is included in the GPA calculation.
  • The colleges and coursework section of the application includes the option to print transcript request forms. While not required, submitting this form with each transcript will expedite the processing of your application.
  • Transcripts should be mailed directly from the registrar's office of each institution attended, regardless of whether the courses appear on another transcript you submitted. Official transcripts must be mailed to:

AACOMAS Transcripts
1900 L. St. NW, Ste 603
Washington, DC 20036

  • If you are currently enrolled in the spring 2013 term, you may not submit your transcript(s) until your spring 2013 grades are posted on your transcript.
  • Submit official copies of your transcripts to AACOMAS directly from the registrar's office of each college. We recommend you request or make additional copies of transcripts for your own use in completing the academic record/coursework section of the application.
  • Please click here for more information on GPA calculations.

Foreign Transcripts

Coursework taken at a foreign institution must be evaluated for U.S. equivalence by one of the following evaluation services:

  • World Education Services
  • Josef Silny & Associates, Inc.
  • Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc

 

Letters of Evaluation

  • AACOMAS does not process letters of evaluation or recommendations, or forward letters of evaluation to the colleges. All letters of evaluation and other such materials should be sent to the individual colleges that one applies to using VirtualEvals or Interfolio, or sent via mail.
  • The HPAO utilizes VirtualEvals to transmit letter or committee packets to the professional schools you apply to.
  • The maximum number of letters accepted is determined by each school, please check requirements for each school to which you are applying.

Essay/Personal Statement

  • There is no prompt for the essay/personal statement portion of the application. The application states: "Personal Statement goes here," and requests it to be 4500 characters (including spaces).
  • Dr. Goode is available to review personal statements if you desire her input on it. If you would like to do this please schedule a 40 minute personal statement review appointment with her online.
  • The Writing Center in the Pollack Library is also another wonderful resource to aid students in composing and editing their personal statements. The Career Center can provide you with an additional review of your personal statement by their professionally trained counselors. Only current CSUF students are able to utilize the assistance of the Writing Center. Current students and recent alumni (less than one year since graduation) can utilize the experienced counselors of the Career Center.

  Submitting your application

  • Please keep in mind that processing begins when your application is submitted and your payment is received by AACOMAS. You may update your application at any time prior to the ending of the cycle on April 1st, 2014. All updates other than coursework are to be completed by the applicant via the application.
  • PROOFREAD EVERYTHING BEFORE SUBMISSION!!
  • Please note that Michigan State does not participate with the AACOMAS application cycle and requires a little more information.

Monitoring the Status of Your Application

  • To view the status of your application, you can go to the right side of the homepage of your application.
  • Check this page often; it is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. It is your responsibility to make sure AACOMAS and your designated schools have received all your materials.

  Reapplying

To become a succeed as a re-applicant, you must first determine why you were not accepted. It is very important to apply early, and to apply to schools match your GPA and MCAT scores. Double check the GPA and MCAT requirements for each medical school to which you plan to apply. Strengthening your application is going to take some time, so make sure to plan ahead. You may want to retake the MCAT, increase your clinical or community experience, take on a leadership role, receive stronger letters of recommendation, rewrite you essay, strengthen your communication, reading, and writing skills, and reapply early!

Those who applied for the 2012/2013 cycle and are reapplying this upcoming 2013/2014 cycle will need to follow the instructions on the login page for creating a new application using data from your prior application. If you haven't completed additional coursework, you may be able to recycle your transcripts from the previous application cycle. However, if you took any courses since the previous application cycle, you will need to reenter your course information in the application and submit new transcripts verifying the new coursework.

MCAT scores submitted to AACOMAS within the last three years will be kept on file and will automatically transfer to your application.

If your application was NOT submitted and verified, you must request the complete set of official transcripts be forwarded directly to AACOMAS by the registrar of each U.S. institution you have attended.

  Website

The AACOMAS website has many resources posted for its users. Please take a moment to explore the site to become familiar to the application process. The link is:

http://www.aacom.org/InfoFor/applicants/Pages/default.aspx

Additionally, students can call 301.968.4100 and speak to an AACOMAS representative about specific questions pertaining to their applications. We strongly encourage you to always remain polite and professional when speaking to any member of AACOMAS (and HPAO) staff.

Students can address questions concerning the application process to the AACOMAS Application Service Department at, aacomas@aacom.org


Information provided in this document was retrieved from the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine on April 4, 2013.