The ACOM Admissions Committee will be responsible for reviewing and assessing the completed AACOMAS and supplemental applications with required support materials. The major criteria for rating applicants are academic and non-academic achievements. Academic assessments include the results of the Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT), grades and grade point averages. Personal characteristics including the applicant’s ability and desire to fulfill the College’s commitment to the primary care and underserved needs of Alabama and the region will also be assessed. Personal experiences with patient populations, physician shadowing, community/volunteer services and leadership positions are examples of non-academic assessments. Honors received by the applicant should be listed. Letters of recommendation play a major role in the assessment of applicants.
The Admissions Committee will review completed applications for possible interview. Applications are considered complete when the AACOMAS application with transcipts, supplemental application and fee, official MCAT scores, essays, and required letters have been received.
The on-campus, personal interview is a critical component in making decisions about who will be admitted to the ACOM. The primary purpose of the interview is to assess an applicant’s interpersonal skills and how they relate to others as well as more about their motivation for the profession. The interview also allows us to learn additional information about interest and experiences of applicants and perhaps to get a sense of the likelihood that they would accept a seat if offered. It is also designed to provide the student with an overview of the ACOM, including a chance to meet faculty, staff and students and to learn more about the academic programs, clinical rotations, student services and student life.
Select applicants are invited to visit the campus for a formal interview with faculty. After the personal interview, the Admissions Committee reviews the applicant’s file along with interview results. All applicants are notified within two weeks of their admission status as an ACOM student: 1) Acceptance, 2) Waitlist, or 3) Rejection.
Matriculation is conditional until all official transcripts are received from schools attended (AACOMAS does not forward academic transcripts). Transcripts must be on file prior to matriculation. It is expected that all prerequisite courses, course work listed on the AACOMAS application, and a baccalaureate degree requirements will be completed by July 1 of the matriculation year at ACOM.
Note: Discovery after admission or matriculation of intentional misrepresentation or omission of any information used in the application process or omission of information relative to scholastic records or test records will subject the student to dismissal. Matriculation will be denied to applicants who have failed to maintain a good record of scholastic performance and/or personal conduct between the time of their acceptance and their matriculation at the College. The College reserves the right to deny admission to any applicant for any reason it deems sufficient.