Admissions Office Correspondence with Candidates
Unless otherwise stated, virtually all correspondence is conducted via email. Please be certain that you are able to receive emails from "@tu.edu" addresses and be sure to monitor your junk mail folder.
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AACOMAS Primary Application
Touro University California College of Osteopathic Medicine does not accept direct applications. All applicants are required to submit a primary application through the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine Application Service (AACOMAS). Typically, AACOMAS will take between three and six weeks to process your application materials, then make them available to us.
All primary applications are pre-screened to ensure candidates meet minimum application
qualifications. The qualifying bar for this screening is reviewed each year; sometimes
during an actual admissions cycle. Eligible candidates will be invited to submit
a secondary application through the ApplyYourself system, together with any letters of recommendation not already submitted with the AACOMAS
application (explained below). A non-refundable application fee of $100.00 is required
and will be paid prior to submission.
Many medical schools invite all candidates to submit a supplemental application without screening. Those who receive a supplemental application invitation from Touro University California have the added advantage of knowing that, on initial review, it has been determined that they are competitive.
DO NOT SUBMIT A SUPPLEMENTAL APPLICATION UNLESS YOU ARE INVITED TO DO SO.
AACOMAS Fee Waiver
If you were granted an AACOMAS fee waiver, you are not required to pay the secondary application fee. Email a copy of your fee waiver to Ms. Huckle (firstname.lastname@example.org) so that your fee can be waived in the ApplyYourself system.
Letters of Recommendation
The following letters of recommendation are required:
- One letter from a physician, either D.O. or M.D. (D.O. preferred)
- One letter from a Pre-Professional Advisory Committee Letter OR two letters from biological/physical sciences faculty members who have taught you in their class (letters from Graduate Teaching Assistants are acceptable).
Touro University California strongly recommends that letters be submitted with the AACOMAS application (using either the AACOMAS letter service or Interfolio) or with the supplemental application (via the Apply Yourself system). If necessary, letters may also be submitted directly to the University via Interfolio or from the letter writer. Given consistent issues with the interface, TUC will not be participating in Virtual Evals for the 2015-16 admissions cycle. Letters submitted directly from the applicant will not be considered. Be sure to submit all application materials prior to their respective deadlines!
Letters of recommendation are used for admissions purposes only and do not become part of the official academic record.
Only candidates who submit all required admissions materials (i.e., those who complete their admissions file) will be considered for an interview. Submission of all materials, however, does not guarantee an interview and an interview does not guarantee acceptance.
The Admissions and Standards Committee reviews complete files and extends invitations to interview on a rolling basis. Invitations to interview are sent to those candidates showing the highest potential to perform well at TUCOM as students, and finally as successful physicians. Interviews are conducted in panel format and are typically held from late September through April.
Touro University California complies with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and
the Americans With Disabilities Act by providing reasonable accommodations to candidates
for admission with known disabilities. To ensure that disabled candidates timely receive
all reasonable accommodations necessary for them to participate in the on-campus admissions
interview process, Touro University strongly encourages such candidates to contact
the Office of Admissions (email@example.com) at least three (3) days before their scheduled interview.
Due to the nature of the admissions process, all interviews are conducted in-person on the Touro University California campus. Phone interviews are not provided.
The Admissions and Standards Committee typically meets every other week to discuss each candidate and make recommendations to the Dean. Following the Dean's review, decisions are mailed via U.S. Mail shortly thereafter.
Accepted candidates are required to submit a non-refundable acceptance deposit which is typically due within two weeks of the date of acceptance. A refundable tuition deposit is required later in the process. Upon matriculation, both deposits are credited toward tuition.
Multiple Deposit Policy
Applicants to Touro University California (TUC) may also choose to apply to and submit seat deposits for other programs located within TUC or the greater Touro College and University System (TCUS). TUC applicants who have deposits at one or more TUC or other TCUS programs will be given until April 15th (for Summer starts) or June 1st (for Fall starts) to decide which program they wish to attend and will be required to withdraw from all other TUC/TCUS program to which they have deposited. TUC applicants who are accepted and who submit seat deposits after April 15th (for Summer starts) or June 1st (for Fall starts) will be required to immediately withdraw from any other TUC/TCUS program to which they have deposited.
Incoming and current students may be required to submit to a background check either prior to or during their enrollment at Touro University California. Facts uncovered as a result of a background check which could preclude becoming licensed and/or practicing in the profession may impact their ability to begin or continue their education at the University. Details are provided with the letter of acceptance.
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