Apply to ARCOM

ARCOM will participate with other osteopathic colleges in a centralized application processing service called the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine Application Service (AACOMAS). To initiate the application process, applicants must apply directly to AACOMAS at

Applications Deadline

ARCOM accepts applications beginning with the opening of the AACOMAS application cycle in May of each year.  The AACOMAS application deadline for ARCOM applicants is typically in early spring but is subject to change annually. Applicants are encouraged to apply as early as possible in the cycle to as ARCOM conducts a rolling admission cycle.

Required Letters of Recommendation

Two letters of recommendation not written by a relative (by blood or through marriage) are required.

  • One evaluation must be from an osteopathic physician (DO). A letter from an allopathic physician (MD) in lieu of a recommendation from an osteopathic physician is not accepted; however, a letter(s) of recommendation from an allopathic physician(s) in addition to a letter of recommendation from an osteopathic physician is acceptable.
  • The second required letter must be from a pre-medical or pre-health professions advisory committee, or instead, letters from two science faculty members familiar with the academic work of the applicant.

ARCOM welcomes additional letters recommendation from those who are acquainted with the student’s academic or professional ability. Letters of recommendation will be accepted via the AACOMAS application process, Virtual Evals, Interfolio, by email to,  and/or by mail to:

Director of Admissions
PO Box 10366
Fort Smith, AR 72917

ARCOM Secondary Application Process

The Secondary Application for prospective students will be made available to those students who, after initial screening to ensure that minimum standards are met, are felt to advance the mission, values, and goals of ARCOM. Eligible applicants will receive an email containing login information for the Secondary Application. The Secondary Application should be completed and returned electronically along with the payment of a non-refundable application fee of $50 within 30 days of receiving access to the Secondary Application link via email. Secondary Applications will only be accepted through April 15, but should be submitted much earlier to be competitive in the application process.

Candidates will be required to acknowledge their ability and willingness to comply with the college’s Technical Standards, policies on attendance, dress code, requirements for participation in osteopathic teaching and education, ARCOM student professional and academic conduct and policies.

Interview Selection Process

To be considered for an interview, an applicant must meet all the preceding admissions requirements and technical standards for admissions, have completed and submitted the AACOMAS Application, a Secondary Application, all required letters of recommendation, the waiver/non-waiver statement, and the $50 processing fee.

After the Office of Student Affairs receives these materials, the applicant’s file is reviewed to determine eligibility for an interview, based on the established criteria of the Admissions Committee. If it is found to meet the standards and mission of the COM, an invitation may be extended to interview. Submission of a Secondary Application is not a guarantee of an interview.

Interviewing candidates are required to read and sign an acknowledgement that they:

  • Meet the Technical Standards (any questions pertaining to whether a standard is met must be addressed with the Director of Admissions)
  • Have read and comply with the statement for students of ARCOM regarding physical exposure in classroom activities
  • Have read and comply with ARCOM’s attendance and dress code policy
  • Have read and comply with ARCOM’s Code of Student Conduct/Academic Responsibility, Code of Behavioral Conduct, Standards for Conduct for Teacher-Learner Relationship, and AOA Code of Ethics

Each applicant who interviews with ARCOM will be reviewed by the Admissions Committee. An interview is not a guarantee of admission to the College. Admissions Committee decisions are made at regular intervals during the admissions cycle based on academic performance, professional experience, and interview. Recommendations of the Admissions Committee are reviewed and acted upon by the Dean in writing to the applicant.

Intentional misrepresentation or omission of information on any form relevant to admissions or records will subject the student to retraction of admission offer or dismissal. ARCOM reserves the right to deny admission to any applicant for any reason it deems sufficient. Matriculation will be denied to applicants who have failed to maintain a good record of scholastic performance and/or good record of personal conduct between the time of their acceptance and their matriculation at ARCOM. All offers of admission are conditional until such time as the applicant has undergone a criminal background check, drug screen, and physical examination to ensure they meet the Technical Standards established by the COM, meet the physical, immunization and immunization titers requirements as verified by the COM.  A non-refundable matriculation deposit is required (the deposit will be applied to the first year’s tuition).