Competitive Candidate Profile

We seek a well-rounded, achievement-oriented person whose character, maturity, and sense of dedication point to a successful and productive life as an osteopathic physician. We have historically sought diversity in our student population, and actively recruit underrepresented students. We welcome too, the nontraditional student who often offers exceptional potential for becoming an outstanding osteopathic physician.

Although there is no formula to ensure admittance to the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific-Northwest (COMP-Northwest), it is in your best interest to demonstrate to the Admissions Committee some of the attributes listed below.

We desire that each Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine student:

  • Is academically prepared to succeed in our rigorous program
  • Is well-rounded with diverse experiences
  • Has shown interest and involvement in the community
  • Demonstrates a commitment to compassionate health care
  • Has a good understanding of the profession and WesternU
  • Demonstrates excellent verbal and written communication skills
Students in a lecture hall

The following statistics for the class entering August 2020 will give you a sense of where you might fall within the applicant pool. For detailed statistics, please review Office of Institutional Research’s Academic Outcomes webpage.


College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific Pomona Campus Lebanon Campus Class of 2024
Applications Received 5,872 4,081 9,953
Interviews Granted 746 360 1,106
Students Enrolled* As of May 12,2020 227 103 330
% Male 52% 46% 50%
% Female 48% 54% 50%
% Underrepresented Minorities 3% 4% 3%
% In-State Residents 87% 41% 76%
% Students Entering with Bachelor’s Degrees or Higher 100% 100% 100%
% Students Entering with Graduate Level Degrees/Doctoral Degree 7% 4% 6%
Average Age 24 26 25
Average Overall GPA 3.68 3.65 3.67
Average Science GPA 3.66 3.58 3.64
Average Non-Science GPA 3.72 3.73 3.73
Average MCAT 510 507 509

The College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific-Northwest does not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, national origin, age or disabilities, and religion in any of its policies procedures, or practices. Please see the University Catalog for the complete WesternU/COMP Non-Discrimination Statement.