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?

Once you have successfully completed the AACOMAS application and are verified with official MCAT scores, you will receive an email from WVSOM with a User ID and PIN number along with access to the MyWVSOM account. This will allow you to check your application status online at any time. Otherwise, you can log into your AACOMAS account to check the status of your primary application.

I did not get an ID and PIN number, or I may have lost this 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. 6283, 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?

Please contact the Admissions Office at either of the following numbers for assistance: 800-356-7836, ext. 6283, 6230, or 6893.

What are the ID & PIN number used for?

Your User ID and PIN number allows access to your application status, retrieve various forms and view your checklist items online.

Have you received my AACOMAS application?

Once your primary application is in a "verified" status through AACOMAS, with official MCAT scores reported, you will receive an e-mail with a User ID and PIN number from our office. The email will provide you with a link to the secure applicant sign-in page as well as other important information. Please keep this email for future reference!

Have you received my supplemental application?

You will receive a confirmation showing you've successfully submitted the application.

How can I view information concerning my application status?

Using the User ID & PIN you were provided, login into your MyWVSOM account to view the following areas:

  • Application Status - view your status and access required forms
  • Applicant Checklist - view items that have been received on your behalf

What is the status page used for?

The status page indicates your current application status and provides various application forms. 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?

With the initial confirmation email you will receive from the WVSOM Admissions Office, containing your User ID and PIN number, you will have an opportunity to complete a supplemental application.

Do I submit a fee with the supplemental application?

No – you do not need to submit an application fee up front. The supplemental fee is only required once you are offered an interview.

How should letters of recommendation be submitted to WVSOM?

Letters of recommendation are accepted through AACOMAS, Interfolio, and may be mailed directly to:

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 the following two (2) letters of recommendation (additional recommendations are accepted):

  • Pre-med committee letter or a any science faculty member who instructed you
  • Osteopathic physician letter (non-relative, this includes parents, siblings, cousins, in-laws)

Can a recommendation fromm a MD be a substitute for a letter of reference from a DO?

No – while letters from MD physicians are strongly considered, a letter from an osteopathic physician is required to complete your file.

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

You can access the AOA's directory of osteopathic physician's online by clicking here.

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. Competitive applicants will have a science GPA of 3.5 and a total MCAT score of 500, with the biology section in the 125 range.  The Admissions Committee will also look for osteopathic awareness, clinical experience, and consider your personal statement.

My decision status is "Decision Deferred" - What does that mean?

The "Decision Deferred" status indicates a hold status. The Admissions Committee may have been unable to reach a decision at the time of review. In some cases we may wish to wait for your fall grades or a subsequent MCAT score prior to making a decision.

Are files in a Hold status (Decision Deferred) reviewed again?

The Admissions Committee will re-evaluate files throughout the application cycle. Be sure to submit academic and any other updates directly to AACOMAS. This ensures that we will receive an updated profile for you. Any additional information you wish to be considered for your file may be submitting to admissionscommunity@osteo.wvsom.edu

Can I schedule an interview & when?

The decision to offer an interview will be determined by the Director of Admissions and the Assistant Director of Admission after review of your application. You will be notified by e-mail if you have been invited to interview with the date options and details.  

I have completed my interview at WVSOM. When will I receive a decision?

Notification is generally within two weeks. You will receive an email with the Admissions Committee’s decision.

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?

Deposits are processed by our Office of Business Affairs. You will receive an email notification indicating the payment was received. Your online checklist will also reflect receipt of the deposit. 

Will WVSOM require a criminal background check?

Yes. Incoming students are required to have a criminal background check and 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?

Transcripts submitted to AACOMAS will be available to us but must be final and show all coursework and degree(s) conferred. Incoming students: For courses completed after April 10, please have your transcripts sent directly to the WVSOM Admissions Office. ​Transcripts are due by July, prior to matriculation.

Below are the timeframes when Academic Updates can be submitted through AACOMAS.

  • September 30, 2020 - October 13, 2020
  • Demember 15, 2020 - February 16, 2021
  • March 12, 2021 - April 9, 2021

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 accepted 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 rcollins@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 rcollins@osteo.wvsom.edu