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Michigan State University

Office of Admissions
College of Veterinary Medicine
Veterinary Medical Center
784 Wilson Road, F-110
East Lansing MI 48824
Telephone: (517) 353-9793; fax: (517) 353-3041;
Helpline: (800) 496-4MSU (4678)

Michigan State University’s campus is bordered by the city of East Lansing, which offers sidewalk cafes, restaurants, shops, and convenient mass transit. The campus is traversed by the Red Cedar River and has many miles of bike paths and walkways. This park-like setting provides an ideal venue in which MSU’s 48,906 students may enjoy outdoor concerts and plays, canoeing, and cross-country skiing. The campus is located in East Lansing, three miles east of Michigan’s capitol in Lansing. It sits on a 5,200-acre campus with 2,100 acres in existing or planned development. There are 532 buildings which include 103 academic buildings.
The college is a national leader in state-of-the-art technology and facilities. The Information Technology Center empowers and assists students, faculty, and staff with the knowledge needed to fulfill everyday computer tasks. The Veterinary Teaching Hospital has one of the largest caseloads in the country. Outstanding faculty are involved in teaching veterinary students, providing patient treatment and diagnostic services, and conducting veterinary research.
There are four state-of-the art facilities that have been added in the past few years to our medical complex. They are the new Diagnostic Center for Population and Animal Health (DCPAH), the Center for Comparative Oncology, the Mary Anne McPhail Equine Performance Center, and the Matilda R. Wilson Pegasus Critical Care Center and the Training Center for Dairy Professionals. For information about these centers, please visit the links provided
Application Information
For specific application information (pre-requisite science courses, deadlines, fees, and VMCAS participation), please refer to our website
Residency implications: priority is given to Michigan residents. Up to 35 positions are filled with nonresident and international applicants.
Prerequisites for Admission
Course requirements and semester hours
  General education
English composition 3
Social and behavioral sciences 6
Humanities 6
  Mathematics and biological and physical sciences
General inorganic chemistry (with laboratory) 3
Organic chemistry (with laboratory) 6
Biochemistry (upper-division) 3
General biology (with laboratory) 6
College algebra and trigonometry 3
College physics (with laboratory) 8
Nutrition 3
Genetics 3
Cell biology (eukaryotic) 3
Microbiology (with laboratory) 4
Required undergraduate GPA: No minimum required. The mean cumulative GPA for the entering class (2012) was 3.70 on a 4.00 scale.
AP credit policy: AP credit(s) must appear on an official transcript and be equivalent to appropriate college-level coursework.
Course completion deadline: For those applying summer 2013, all prerequisite courses must be completed by the end of spring semester, 2014
Standardized examinations: The Graduate Record Examination (GRE®), general test, is required to be taken no later than September 30. Test scores older than 5 years will not be accepted. For the class entering in 2012, average GRE scores were: 1201 combined verbal and quantitative. The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is required for applicants whose primary language is not English.
Additional Requirements and Considerations
• Evaluation of written application (including veterinary/research experience)
• Supplemental application. A link to the supplemental application will be sent to the applicant
• Letters of recommendation (3 submitted by October 2, 2013 at 1:00 PM Eastern Time through VMCAS; 1 must be completed by a veterinarian)
• Interview (by the discretion of the Committee on Student Admissions)
Summary of Admission Procedure

VMCAS application deadline: Tuesday, October 2, 2013 1:00 PM Eastern Time
• Electronic evaluations to VMCAS, Tuesday, October 2, 2013 1:00 PM Eastern Time
• GRE taken by September 30. The dateline to received GRE scores is December 15
• All transcripts submitted to MSUCVM by October 2 (postmarked date)
• International transcripts must be evaluated by a translation service such as World Education Services (WES), Josef Silny or the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers, Foreign Education Credential Service (AACRAO). It is recommended that transcript(s) be submitted to the translation service at least one month prior to the deadline of October 2

Deposit (to hold place in class): (nonrefundable) $500.00 for residents; $1,000.00 for nonresidents.
Deferments: are rare.
2012–2013 admissions summary

Number of Applicants Number of New Entrants
Resident 198  76
Nonresident/International 587  35
Total 785 111
Expenses for the 2011–2012 Academic Year
Tuition and fees
Resident $26,016
Nonresident $52,206
Early Admission Program
The Veterinary Scholars Admission Program has been established by the College of Veterinary Medicine in cooperation with the Honors College at Michigan State. This program provides an admission opportunity for students who wish to enter the four year professional veterinary medicine degree program after earning a bachelor’s degree. The bachelor’s degree program must include advanced and enriched coursework representing scholarly interest and achievements. Enrollment at MSU and membership in the Honors College are required to be eligible for this option. For information on Honors College membership, contact: Honors College, 103 Eustace Hall, 468 E. Circle Drive, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI 48824; telephone (517) 355-2326; or visit their website at
Production Medicine Scholars Pathway
The Production Medicine Scholars Pathway has been established by the College of Veterinary Medicine in cooperation with the department of Animal Science at Michigan State University. This pathway is available to MSU Animal Science students who complete, in addition to the minimum pre-veterinary medicine requirements, a bachelor’s degree in Animal Science with a concentration in production animal medicine. The concentration is designed to prepare students for a career in herd based, agricultural veterinary practice. The pathway provides an early admission option for Michigan State University students planning to earn a baccalaureate degree in animal science with a concentration in production medicine. Successful applicants must have strong academic and non-academic credentials and a demonstrated interest in food animal production medicine and agricultural veterinary practice. Additional information about the pathway may be obtained from 1250 Anthony Hall, 474 S. Shaw Lane, Department of Animal Science, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI 48824 or visit the website
Dual Degree Programs
Combined DVM – MPH degree program available
Combined online DVM/MS in Food Safety available
Page Updated: March/20/2013
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