University of New England (UNECOM)

Address

University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine / Office of Constituent Services / 11 Hills Beach Road / Biddeford, ME 04005

Overview

Savvy Rank
The Savvy Rank is a combination of admissions selectivity (MCAT, GPA, acceptance rate), research ranking, and primary care ranking.
999
School Type
Whether the school confers an MD or DO degree, is an international (Intl) school for Americans or is a Canadian (CA) school
DO
Public/Private
Private
Year Founded
1978
US News Rank - Research
Unranked
US News Rank - Primary Care
Unranked
Cost
Out-of-state tuition, from cheap ($) to obscenely expensive ($$$$$)
$$$
Weather Rating
How nice is the weather, from crappy () to excellent ()

City Size
< 100K

Getting In

Median GPA
3.57
Median MCAT
504
Research Rating
A combination of factors to show the school's research ranking and research opportunities, from very little research () to lots ()
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Out-of-State Rating
Whether the school is very out-of-state friendly (), somewhat friendly (), not friendly (), or in-state only ()
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International Friendly
How friendly the school is toward international applicants
Yes
Med School Class Size
Class sizes range from 40 students to 400
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Application
AACOMAS
Letters of Rec Required
DO letter Recommended
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Secondary Essays

Secondary Essay Difficulty
How many essays, how long, and how unusual the prompts, from easy () to brutal ()

Screen Before Secondaries
Does the school read your primary before sending a secondary?
Yes
Typical Secondary Release Date
When does a school usually release its secondary relative to other med schools (though it may vary from year to year)?
Early
Secondary Fee
$55
Other Tests

Interviews

Interview Type
Interview Invites Begin
Interview Format
MMI - Multiple Mini Interview; Traditional - two-way conversation
Traditional
Accepts Updates?
Does the school accept update letters?

Secondary Essay Prompts

Essay Topics ('22 - '23)

Question 1: (2000 characters)

a) Have you ever applied to ANY academic program (undergraduate, graduate, or professional) at the University of New England? If yes, please indicate the program and year in which you applied. If no, please respond N/A.

b) Describe your interests in attending UNE COM and any contact you've had with our students, alumni, or faculty. If you are related to a UNE COM graduate, please list that person’s full name, year of graduation, and relationship to you.

Question 2: (2000 characters)

a) How many Osteopathic Vs Allopathic medical schools have you applied to this cycle? b) If you previously only applied to Allopathic medical schools, why are you now applying to Osteopathic Medical schools? Please be concise and specific. c) If this is more than your first round of application to medical schools, what have you done to enhance your preparedness? Please be concise and specific.

Question 3: (2000 characters)

UNE COM’s curriculum is built on a foundation of team-based education. Give an example of when you worked on an effective team, either academically or professionally. Explain why a team-based approach is the right model for your medical education.

Question 4: (2000 characters)

If everything goes according to plan, how and where do you see yourself professionally in ten years? How come?

Essay Topics ('21 - '22)

Question 1: (2000 characters)

a) Have you ever applied to ANY academic program (undergraduate, graduate, or professional) at the University of New England? If yes, please indicate the program and year in which you applied. If no, please respond N/A.

b) Describe your interests in attending UNE COM and any contact you've had with our students, alumni, or faculty. If you are related to a UNE COM graduate, please list that person’s full name, year of graduation, and relationship to you.

Question 2: (2000 characters)

a) How many Osteopathic Vs Allopathic medical schools have you applied to this cycle?

b) If you previously only applied to Allopathic medical schools, why are you now applying to Osteopathic Medical schools? Please be concise and specific.

c) If this is more than your first round of application to medical schools, what have you done to enhance your preparedness? Please be concise and specific.

Question 3: (2000 characters) UNE COM’s curriculum is built on a foundation of team-based education. Give an example of when you worked on an effective team, either academically or professionally. Explain why a team-based approach is the right model for your medical education.

Question 4: (2000 characters) If everything goes according to plan, how and where do you see yourself professionally in ten years? How come?

Essay Topics (’20 – ’21)
Part of primary application.

1. Describe your particular interest in the UNE COM and describe any contact you’ve had with our students, alumni, or faculty. If you are related to a UNE COM graduate, please list that persons full name, year of graduation, and relationship to you. (2500)
2. What is your understanding of the team-based approach to medical education? What do you think are the advantages and disadvantages of this approach? (2500)
3. Pick an example of a challenge/difficulty you have encountered that is of a personal, cultural, extra-curricular, or academic nature. What insight have you gained from this event? How will it influence your time at UNE COM and your practice of medicine? (2500)
4. Tell about a time when you needed to put the interests of another ahead of your own. (2500)

Essay Topics ('19 - '20)

No essay prompts



Essay Topics ('17 -'18)

Describe your particular interest in attending UNE COM and any contact you have had with UNE COM students, alumni, faculty or clinicians, admissions coordinators, student affairs staff, etc. How did these interactions influence your decision to apply?

Please explain any gaps in education or employment. Indicate any changes or additions in your education or employment, experiences, research, etc. since submitting your AACOMAS application.

Pick an example of a challenge/difficulty you have encountered that is of a personal, cultural, extra-curricular, or academic nature. What insight have you gained from this event? How will it influence your time at UNE COM and your practice of medicine?

Describe your understanding of osteopathic medicine, how you learned of it and how it fits into your future plans.



Essay Topics ('16 -'17)

All essays have a maximum of 2000 characters:

1. Describe your particular interest in attending UNECOM and any contact you have had with UNECOM students, alumni, faculty or clinicians, admissions counselors, student affairs staff, etc. How did these interactions influence your decision to apply?

2. Please explain any gaps in education or employment. Indicate any changes or additions in your education or employment, experiences, research, etc. since submitting your AACOMAS application.

3. Pick an example of a challenge/difficulty you have encountered that is of a personal, cultural, extra-curricular, or academic nature. What insight have you gained from this event? How will it influence your time at UNECOM and your practice of medicine?

4. Describe your particular interest in osteopathic medicine, how you learned of it, and how it fits into your future plans.



Essay Topics ('15 - '16)

1. Describe your particular interest in attending UNECOM and any contact you have had with UNECOM students, alumni, faculty or clinicians, admissions counselors, student affairs staff, etc. How did these interactions influence your decision to apply?

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2. Please explain any gaps in education or employment. Indicate any changes or additions in your education or employment, experiences, research, etc. since submitting your AACOMAS application.

0/2000 characters

3. Pick an example of a challenge/difficulty you have encountered that is of a personal, cultural, extra-curricular, or academic nature. What insight have you gained from this event? How will it influence your time at UNECOM and your practice of medicine? (2000 characters)

4. Describe your particular interest in osteopathic medicine, how you learned of it, and how it fits into your future plans. (2000 characters)



Essay Topics ('14 - '15)

2000 characters with spaces/punctuation

1) Describe your particular interest in attending UNECOM and any contact you have had with UNECOM students, alumni, faculty or clinicians, admissions counselors, student affairs staff, etc. How did these interactions influence your decision to apply?

2) Please explain any gaps in education or employment. Indicate any changes or additions in your education or employment, experiences, research, etc. since submitting your AACOMAS

3) Pick an example of a challenge/difficulty you have encountered that is of a personal, cultural, extra-curricular, or academic nature. What insight have you gained from this event? How will it influence your time at UNECOM and your practice of medicine?

4) Many people tell us their idealized reasons for becoming a physician. In your own words, share the experiences you have had that led you to this chosen career path

Essay Topics ('13 - '14)

1. Describe your particular interest in attending the UNE-COM and any contact you have had with UNE-COM students, alumni, faculty or clinicians, admissions/student affairs staff members, etc. How did these interactions influence your decision to apply?

2. Please explain any gaps in education or employment. Indicate any changes/additions in education, employment, experiences, research, etc. since submitting your AACOMAS application.

3. Please explain any academic difficulties you encountered during your academic career. What insight or knowledge have you gained from these experiences that you will bring to your studies at UNE-COM?

4. Describe how you see the role of physicians in society (outside the direct practice of medicine). What experiences have you had that demonstrate your readiness to meet these future role expectations?



Essay Topics ('12 - '13)

Describe your particular interest in attending UNECOM and any contact you have had with UNECOM students, alumni, faculty or clinicians, admissions/student affairs staff members, etc. How did these interactions influence your decision to apply? (2000 Characters Max)

Please explain any gaps in education or employment. Indicate any changes/additions in education, employment, experiences, research, etc. since submitting your AACOMAS application. (2000 Characters Max)

Please explain any academic difficulties you encountered during your academic career. What insight or knowledge have you gained from these experiences that you will bring to your studies at UNECOM? (2000 Characters Max)

Describe how you see the role of physicians in society (outside the direct practice of medicine). What experiences have you had that demonstrate your readiness to meet these future role expectations? (2000 Characters Max)



Essay Topics ('09 - '10)

List ALL the medical schools (osteopathic and allopathic) to which you have applied in the past and/or are applying to this admissions cycle. List each school/college on separate line and include month/year of application.

Describe your particular interest in attending UNECOM and what brought you to your decision to apply. Reflect on the type of physician you want to become, and how UNECOM can help you reach your potential.

Describe any contact you have had with UNECOM students, alumni, faculty members, or clinicians, admissions/student affairs staff members, etc. How did these interactions influence your decision to apply?

Reflect on your involvement in healthcare, research, clubs, and community organizations. In light of all these experiences, how would you evaluate the strengths and weaknesses in your preparation to study and practice osteopathic medicine?

Please share any additions or changes since submitting your AACOMAS application. Include academic recognition, research achievements and/or publications, presentations, promotions or changes in employment, recent leadership or volunteer service, etc.

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