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Frequently Asked Questions 

Please review the questions below. If you have a question that is not answered here, please contact the Admissions Office at 800-356-7836 or admissions@osteo.wvsom.edu

What is my Application Status?

Students who have a MyWVSOM account, may check their application status online at any time. Students who have successfully completed the AACOMAS application (all required documents for WVSOM, AACOMAS fee, & are verified with official MCAT scores) will be given a MyWVSOM User ID & PIN number (password) to keep track of their application status. Otherwise, you can log into your AACOMAS account to check your application status. 

I did not get an ID and PIN number, or I don't remember receiving that information. 

Only students who are in a verified status through AACOMAS with official MCAT scores will be sent an ID and PIN number. At times the ID & PIN email get delivered to a SPAM/Junk folder or maybe deleted inadvertently. If you cannot locate the information, please contact the Admissions Office at 800-356-7836 ext. 6251, 6230, or 6893. Note: If you previously applied to WVSOM, you will use the same ID and PIN issued to you when you originally applied. 

Applicants can view their application status, monitor their checklist items, and access additional/required forms by logging into their MyWVSOM account.

I lost my User ID & PIN number, how do I recover this information?

You can click on "Having trouble logging in" underneath the login button to have your password reset. You will need your "@" WVSOM Student ID number. Feel free to call the Admissions Office at either of the following numbers for assistance: 800-356-7836, ext. 6251, 6230, or 6893.

Have you received my AACOMAS application?

You will receive an e-mail once your primary application is received at WVSOM. Your application status must be "verified" with official MCAT scores (not self-reported scores). The e-mail will provide you with a link to the secure applicant sign-in page along with your ID (User ID) and PIN number (password) as well as other important information concerning the application process. Please keep this information for future reference!

Have you received my supplemental application?

Once your supplemental application has been submitted, your checklist will be updated. Directly after submitting the supplemental application, you will also receive a confirmation showing you've successfully submitted the application.

What are the ID & PIN number used for?

By using your ID (User ID) and PIN number (Password), you can review your application status, retrieve various forms and view your checklist items online. It will allow you to monitor your application details at WVSOM.

How can I view information concerning my application status?

Login into your MyWVSOM account using the ID (User ID) & PIN number (Password) you were provided. Below are the two "apps" you should utilize once logged into your account.

  • Application Status - view your status and access required forms
  • Applicant Checklist - view items that have been marked received and view any outstanding items. You will receive an email regarding any outstanding items.

What is the status page used for?

The status page indicates your current application status. It also provides various application forms, i.e. supplemental application, for your retrieval as you move forward in the application process. Following an acceptance, the status page is updated continually with information for incoming students. Be sure to monitor this page throughout the entire application cycle.

What is the checklist used for?

The checklist allows applicants to monitor their application material. When accessing the checklist with your ID (User ID) and PIN number (Password), all items and forms required by the Admissions Office are listed along with the date each item was received.

Will I receive a supplemental application?

In order to assist us in the review of your application, you are asked to complete a Supplemental Application.  Once your primary application from AACOMAS has arrived at our office, we will send an e-mail confirmation to you. The e-mail will contain your ID (User ID) and PIN number (Password). If you have been selected to submit a supplemental application, you will be able to access it in your MyWVSOM account through the "Application Status" app.

Do I submit a fee with the supplemental application?

No. Only applicants who are invited for an interview will submit an application fee.

How should letters of recommendation be submitted to WVSOM?

Letters of recommendation are accepted via AACOMAS, Interfolio, Virtual Evals and by U.S. mail. Any letters sent by mail must include original signature and should be printed on letterhead. Hand-delivered, faxed or emailed letters of recommendation cannot be accepted. Mailed letters of recommendation can be sent to the following mailing address:

West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine
Admissions Office
400 Lee Street North
Lewisburg, WV 24901

What is the requirement for letters of recommendation?

WVSOM requires two letters of recommendation (non-relatives): one from an osteopathic physician (non-relative); one from a pre-med committee member or a science faculty member who instructed you.

Does WVSOM require a letter of recommendation from an osteopathic physician?

Yes - a letter from an osteopathic physician is required to complete your file.  Note: Letters of recommendation are verified. It will be helpful if your osteopathic physician provides, within the letter, the state in which they are licensed and their license number.

How can I locate a D.O. in my area?

You can access the AOA's directory of osteopathic physician's online at http://doctorsthatdo.org/, just search by city & state.

Have you received my letters of recommendation?

Letters of recommendation, if sent by U.S. mail, will be posted to your online checklist.  Any letters submitted via AACOMAS, Interfolio or Virtual Evals can be accessed and reviewed by our office but are not printed or posted to your online checklist until you are officially invited for an interview.

What is the Admissions Committee looking for in competitive applicants?

Each application is reviewed considering a variety of factors: The science GPA averages are at about 3.4 and the total MCAT averages are between 24 and 25 (older MCAT).  The new MCAT national average is 500 (with individual scores of 125). The Admissions Committee will also look for osteopathic awareness, clinical experience, recommendation letters, and consider your personal statement while reviewing your application.

My decision status says "Decision Deferred". What does that mean?

The "Decision Deferred" status indicates a hold status. The Admissions Committee will periodically revisit files which were initially deferred. For example, your application may be placed on hold because we are awaiting additional official MCAT scores or fall grades. Your file could also be on hold if the Admissions Committee is unable to reach a decision at the time of review. Any changes in your status will be communicated by e-mail.

Can I schedule an interview & when?

The decision to offer an interview will be determined by the Director of Admissions and the Admissions Program Administrator, Sr. after review of your application; this is an ongoing process from September through March.  You will be notified by e-mail if you have been invited to interview and the date options/details will be made available to you at that time.

I've interviewed at WVSOM. Now, I would like to know if the Admissions Committee has reviewed my file & when I will hear back?

The Admissions Committee meets on a weekly basis to review all completed files. Notification is generally within two weeks. The decision will be posted in your MyWVSOM account on the "Application Status" app, and you will receive an e-mail with any status change.

Once offered admission, what are the amounts for the two deposits and what are the deadlines for paying the deposits?

The non-refundable acceptance fee is applied to your first year's tuition and is paid in increments.

West Virginia Residents Out-of-State Residents
Deposit Amount Deposit Amount
1st Deposit $500 1st Deposit $2,000
2nd Deposit $500 2nd Deposit $1,000

We follow the AACOMAS Application Traffic Guidelines regarding the due dates of the 1st & 2nd deposits. Please refer to your acceptance letter for exact deadlines.

First Deposit Second Deposit
Date Accepted Due Date Date Accepted Due Date
Prior to November 15 December 14 Prior to March 1 March 15
November 15 - January 14 30 days from date accepted After March 1 Due 14 days after 1st deposit
January 15 - May 14 14 days from date accepted
AFter May 14 7 days from date accepted

Did you receive my deposit?

Once your deposit has been processed, you will see it checked off your checklist in your MyWVSOM account. If you have questions, please email (admissions@osteo.wvsom.edu) or call the Admissions Office at 800-356-7836.

Will WVSOM require a criminal background check?

Yes. Prior to matriculation, all students are required to have a criminal background check. Deposited students will be contacted when it is time for them to give permission to have their criminal background check completed.

Do I need to submit transcripts to WVSOM?

The Admissions Office requires official transcripts from every institution you have attended. Any transcripts you have submitted to AACOMAS will be available to us, but must be final and show all coursework and degree(s) conferred. If the transcripts do not show all coursework and/or degrees, you must send a final transcript from each school you've attended directly to the WVSOM Admissions Office. Transcripts are due by July, prior to matriculation. Only deposited students need to have final transcripts sent directly to WVSOM if they were not final when submitted through AACOMAS.

Below are the timeframes when Academic Updates can be submitted through AACOMAS. Any transcripts for courses completed after April 13, must be sent directly to the WVSOM Admissions Office.​

  • September 1, 2017 - October 13, 2017
  • Demember 14, 2017 - February 15, 2018
  • March 15, 2018 - April 13, 2018

I was denied admission. Should I reapply and what can I do to improve my application?

Please contact the Admissions Office at 888-276-7836 to speak with an Admissions Representative concerning ways to strengthen your application.

I would like housing information. What is available? 

The local community fully supports students at WVSOM by offering different types of housing (apartments, townhomes, houses, etc.). A housing directory is made available to admitted students who have submitted their first deposit. 

What is the West Virginia Residency Policy? 

Students are encouraged to review the West Virginia Residency Policy for detailed information regarding qualifying for West Virginia residency. If students have questions about the policy, they can email the Director of Admissions at gbyrd@osteo.wvsom.edu

What is the transfer student policy? 

Students interested in transferring to WVSOM need to review the WVSOM Transfer Policy. If students have questions about the policy, they can email the Director of Admissions at gbyrd@osteo.wvsom.edu