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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 about 100,000 people located 140 miles south of Chicago. It is served by two airlines, 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 about 42,000 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. 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 approximately 480 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.

Application Information
For specific application information (availability, deadlines, fees, and VMCAS participation), please refer to the contact information listed above.

A Supplemental Application specific to the University of Illinois is required and may be obtained from the College Admissions website at:

International applications are considered, although there 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 85 Illinois residents; approximately 35 nonresident positions are available.
Prerequisites for Admission
The academic requirements for application to the College of Veterinary Medicine can be met through one of two pathways: Plan A or Plan B. Those considering a career in veterinary medicine should have a good foundation in biological sciences and chemistry, including biochemistry, and should consider the specific courses listed in Plan A as the very minimum knowledge base for success in the curriculum.
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Plan A
BS or BA degree in any major field of study from a regionally accredited college or university including the following courses (equivalent in content to those required for students majoring in biological sciences):
a. 8 semester hours of biological sciences with laboratories
b. 16 semester hours of chemical sciences, including organic, inorganic and biochemistry, with laboratories in inorganic and organic chemistry
c. 8 semester hours of physics with laboratories
Plan B
Those applying without a bachelor’s degree are required to present at least 60 semester hours from a regionally accredited college or university, including 44 hours of science courses. The minimum course requirements under Plan B are:
a. 8 semester hours of biological sciences with laboratories
b. 16 semester hours of chemical sciences, including organic, inorganic and biochemistry, with laboratories in inorganic and organic chemistry
c. 8 semester hours of physics with laboratories
d. 3 semester hours of English composition and an additional 3 hours of English composition and/or speech communication
e. 12 semester hours of humanities and/or social sciences
f. 12 semester hours of junior/senior-level science courses in addition to the requirements listed above
Applicants must have no more than 2 prerequisite courses to complete following the fall term in which they submit their application. All prerequisites must be complete by the end of the Spring 2013 term.
Required undergraduate GPA: a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 and a minimum science GPA of 2.75 on a 4.00 scale are required. The average statistics for students making it past Admissions Phase I in 2012 were 3.59 cumulative GPA, 3.49 science GPA, and 63% 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 for physics.
Standardized examinations: Graduate Record Examination (GRE®), general test, is required. Test must be taken by September 15, 2013 for the 2013/2014 admission cycle (no test taken after September 15, 2013 will be considered), and scores may be no older than two years (i.e. August 1, 2011-September 15, 2013). All 3 components of the exam must be completed as one exam. The higher composite score of the two most recent examinations will be used.
Additional requirements and considerations
Animal and veterinary knowledge, motivation, and experience
Recommendation/evaluation/suggestions: No more than 5 letters of recommendation will be accepted and no less than 3. One letter should be from a college instructor or academic adviser. One letter should be from a veterinarian familiar with the student’s potential and motivation. The third letter may be from a second veterinarian or academician or from an individual who can objectively evaluate your potential and motivation.
Evidence of leadership, initiative, and responsibility
Rigor of academic preparation
Summary of Admission Procedure
VMCAS application deadline: Tuesday, October 2, 2013 at 1:00 PM Eastern Daylight Savings Time (noon Central Daylight Time)
Informational program and required interviews: Mid-February
National application acceptance date: April 15, 2014
Date acceptances mailed: late February-early March
School begins: late August
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.
Evaluation criteria
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
Science GPA
Cumulative GPA
Rigor of academic preparation

Nonacademic evaluation: veterinary-related experience, animal-related experience, community involvement, leadership, citizenship, and letters of recommendation
2011–2012 admissions summary

Number of Applicants Number of New Entrants
Resident 221   97
Nonresident 734   17
Total 955 114
Expenses for the 2011–2012 Academic Year
Tuition and fees
Resident $28,446
Nonresident $44,910
Dual-Degree Programs
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.
Page Updated: March/20/2013
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