Can I apply to both campuses?
No. Applicants apply to RVU through the AACOMAS application. You will select your preferred campus (Colorado, Utah, or No Preference) when you complete the supplemental application. If you select ‘No Preference’, the Admissions Committee will decide which campus appears to be a better fit based on your application.
Do I have a better chance of being accepted if I choose ‘No Preference’ on my supplemental application?
No. Applicants who choose ‘No Preference’ will be assigned to a campus-based on which location appears to be a better fit for that individual. We recommend that you select a campus even if you only have a slight preference for one over the other.
Are the requirements the same for both campuses?
Yes. The admissions requirements are the same for both campuses. For more information on the admissions requirements, go to the Admissions > Application Requirements page.
Is the application process the same at both campuses?
Yes. The application process is the same for both campuses. For more information on the application process, go to the Admissions > Admissions Process page.
What is your class size?
The class size for the Colorado campus is 162 and the class size for the Utah campus is 135.
What if my college or university does not provide a Pre-Health Committee letter?
If you do not have access to a letter of recommendation from your school’s Pre-Health Committee or Pre-Health Advisor, you may substitute two letters from science professors who have taught you in a course and given you a letter grade (not Pass/Fail). Science professors from the biomedical or natural sciences provide the strongest letters.
Can I use my research supervisor as a science professor's letter?
You may use the supervisor of your research or lab experience to fulfill one of the science professor requirements only if the experience was a graded course (not Pass/Fail). Please ask your supervisor to indicate the course name and number in the letter of recommendation.
Do you require a letter of recommendation from a DO?
Required letters include a letter an academic reference (order of preference to include Pre-Med Advisor or Committee, Basic Science Faculty, or anyone who can speak to the candidate’s ability to successfully complete a rigorous medical school curriculum), a letter from a healthcare provider who has worked with the candidate (DO or MD preferred), and a final letter of the candidate’s choice. ***Because of the challenges of receiving letters due to the pandemic, RVU will also accept a letter from any health professional the candidate has worked with, regardless of whether or not they were directly supervised.*** Be aware that only the maximum number of letters submitted through AACOMAS will be considered. The Office of Admissions is not able to accept letters of recommendation sent directly to RVUCOM or from any other letter service, such as Interfolio or VirtualEvals.
Do you accept transfer students?
Requests for transfer are discouraged and will rarely be considered unless there are highly compelling circumstances. You may find more information about transfers by visiting the Admissions > Admissions Process page.
When does the school year start?
The date of when the school year begins varies each year. However, it always begins in July.
Where will my third- and fourth-year clinical externships be located?
RVU has secured clinical externships across the entire Mountain West region. Currently, externships are located throughout Colorado, Utah, Wyoming, Arizona, and Idaho. You can find the current listing of externships by visiting Academics > Clinical Education.
What are your board scores and pass rates?
RVU has consistently ranked among the top board scores of all Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine. You may find the most current listing of board scores and pass rates at the About Us > Institutional Planning and Assessment page.
What is your residency match rate?
RVU is very proud of its 100% residency placement rate.
What residencies do your students choose?
RVU students choose a wide variety of residencies nationally upon graduating. Historically, the most popular specialties RVU graduates have selected have been Family Medicine, Emergency Medicine, Pediatrics, Internal Medicine, OB/GYN, and Surgery. You can find a list of most recent residency locations and specialties here.