Congrats again on your offer of acceptance to the D.O. class of 2018 at DMU! We’re excited to have you join us in August! Because we know this process can be overwhelming, we’ve put together a quick guide to help you know when and what to expect until orientation on August 5-7, 2014.
Conditions of enrollment agreement
Along with your acceptance email, you were sent a Conditions of Enrollment Agreement. The requirements laid out on this document are truly the conditions of your enrollment and must be completed by the due dates listed. Please read this document very carefully and return a signed copy to the enrollment management office by the deadline listed. As you are responsible for completing the tasks as outlined, you’ll want to keep a copy of this for yourself.
The deposit to reserve your seat is $1,000. Depending on when you are accepted, this non-refundable deposit is broken into two payments of $500. Your personalized due dates are outlined on the Conditions of Enrollment Agreement. The seat deposit not only secures your seat in the class, but also opens your account at DMU and is credited towards your tuition. Submit your deposit today at: http://www.dmu.edu/admission/college-of-osteopathic-medicine-seat-deposit.
Things to look for this spring!
DMU Pulse and email
After submitting your seat deposit, you will receive information on how to access Pulse (DMU’s intranet) and your DMU email address. This information will be emailed to you, so be sure to keep the information safe. Pulse is your go-to spot for all kinds of information including:
- Financial aid: Financial aid information will become available in March 2014. Your aid package and promissory notes are all electronic. Get the process started by filling out your FAFSA application in January 2014.
- Background checks: We require all students to complete background checks before enrolling. This helps us – and you – ensure there isn’t anything that could hinder your ability to be licensed to practice medicine. Remember, you are obligated to disclose all convictions on your application! If you’re not sure if that campus violation was a misdemeanor, it’s best to check into it now. You’ll also complete another background check before rotations. You will receive instructions to complete this in May.
- Physical examination/laboratory tests and immunizations: You must submit current physical examination, certain laboratory tests and immunization records prior to matriculation. Details will come this spring.
- Health insurance: Students are required to carry health insurance. Specific details of the health insurance requirements are not solidified until late spring. Info will be posted to Pulse as it’s available.
And into summer…
Housing is abundant in the Des Moines area, and students in the past have found the best time to check out apartments is mid-May. Students are responsible for locating their own housing; DMU does not own any student housing. To help you out, Pulse contains the “DMU classifieds” which is a great place to post if you’re looking for a place or a roomie. In fact, more than 60% of DMU students who had a roommate, found them on Pulse! The University acts solely as a facilitator in hosting this forum.
DMU has a one-time parking fee. Cars can be registered on Pulse in the weeks prior to Orientation.
Tuition is collected in two equal payments, in August and January. Tuition and fees are approved by the University’s Board of Trustees each spring and collected by the Accounting Office. 2013-2014 D.O. annual tuition was $42,392. Be sure to check out the cost of attendance budget to help you plan (tuition and fees are subject to change.)
Books and equipment
Required and recommended textbooks and equipment are available from the on-campus bookstore, Matthews. Our current students have encouraged us to let you know to wait to buy your books until orientation. This helps save on costs, ensures you get the correct editions and most up-to-date required materials.
Laptop pick up will be held Monday, August 4, 2014. Mandatory orientation is scheduled August 5-7, 2014. The full schedule of events will be available on Pulse in the spring. At orientation, you’ll meet your classmates and new students in other programs, meet your advisor, have class meetings, and learn about all the essentials at DMU.
Classes will begin August 11, 2014.
We look forward to seeing you on campus next fall! As always, please email us with any questions.