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University of Illinois

University of Illinois
College of Veterinary Medicine
Office of Academic and Student Affairs
2001 South Lincoln Ave., Room 2271G
Urbana IL 61802
Telephone: (217) 265-0380



The University of Illinois is in Urbana-Champaign, a community of 100,000 people located 140 miles south of Chicago. It is served by airports in Champaign, Chicago, Indianapolis, and St. Louis, 3 interstate highways, bus, and rail. The twin cities and university make a pleasant community with easy access to all areas and facilities. The university has 45,000 students and more than 11,000 faculty and staff members. It is known for its high-quality academic programs and its exceptional resources and facilities. It is the first university to have established a division of student disability resources. The university library has the largest collection of any public university and ranks third among all U.S. academic libraries. The university also has outstanding cultural and sports facilities and activities.

The College of Veterinary Medicine is located at the south edge of the campus. In addition to 500 students, the college has about 100 graduate students plus a full complement of residents and interns. There are more than 100 full-time faculty with research interests in a variety of biomedical sciences and clinical areas. This research activity offers a broad variety of experiences for students. The college also offers students a dynamic, integrated core-elective curriculum to prepare for careers in almost any area of the profession.


For specific application information (availability, deadlines, fees, and VMCAS participation), please refer to our website:

Supplemental questions specific to the University of Illinois are required and may be obtained from the Illinois page of the VMCAS application.

International applications are considered, although there are obvious constraints regarding translation of grades. The TOEFL will be required of any successful applicant before matriculation. U.S. Visa constraints may also be restrictive for admission.

Residency implications: priority is given to approximately 70 Illinois residents and 60 non-Illinois residents per class.


VMCAS application deadline: Thursday, September 15, 2016 at 12 Midnight Eastern Time

Informational program and required interviews: mid-February

Date acceptances mailed: late February-early March

National application acceptance date: April 17, 2017

School begins: August 28, 2017

Deposit (to hold place in class): $500 deposit required on acceptance. Please check the Illinois Admissions website for the most current information.

Deferments: considered on an individual basis by the Associate Dean for Academic and Student Affairs.


A 3-part admission procedure is used. An academic evaluation and an application evaluation of veterinary, animal experience and personal qualities are followed by a personal interview.

Academic evaluation: GRE test scores; Illinois science GPA; cumulative GPA; rigor of academic preparation

Nonacademic evaluation: veterinary-related experience, animal-related experience, community involvement, leadership, citizenship, and letters of recommendation; interview


Required undergraduate GPA: a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 and a minimum Illinois science GPA of 2.75 on a 4.00 scale are required. The average statistics for students passing Admissions Phase I in 2014 were 3.59 cumulative GPA, 3.44 science GPA, and 65% GRE composite percentile

AP credit policy: AP credit is allowed to meet the 8 s.h. physics prerequisite requirement if a student is awarded the full 8 s.h. AP credit is allowed for biology and chemistry if it is followed up by more advanced college-level courses in those science areas.

GRE test within two years of application. Refer to website for specific dates.

Is a Bachelor’s Degree Required? no

Is this an International School? no


Course Description* Number of Hours/Credits
Biological Science (w/ labs) 8
Chemical Sciences (w/ labs)
Physics (w/ labs) 8
*With a bachelor’s degree completed before matriculation in veterinary school. Without a bachelor’s degree, all above must be taken; additional prerequisites are required in English Composition (3 hrs), Speech/Communication (3 hrs), Humanities/Social Science (12 hrs); 12 hrs of junior/senior/graduate level science courses.


Estimated Tuition Resident: $28,376

Estimated Tuition Non-Resident: $49,561


Resident: 70

Non-Resident: 60


Standardized examinations: Graduate Record Examination (GRE), general test, is required. Test must be taken by September 1, 2016 for the 2016/2017 admission cycle. Test dates must be between August 1, 2014 and September 1, 2016. Tests outside this window will not be acceptable. For the most current GRE submission information, please see

VMCAS Participation: full

Accepts International Students? yes


Combined DVM/PhD programs may be available.

DVM/MPH with concurrent enrollment at University of Illinois at Chicago School of Public Health are also available.

Application Deadline: 9/15/2016


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