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University of Minnesota

Office of Academic and Student Affairs
College of Veterinary Medicine
108 Pomeroy Center
1964 Fitch Ave.
University of Minnesota
St. Paul MN 55108
Telephone: (612) 624-4747


The University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine prepares future leaders in companion animal, food animal, and public health practice, as well as research and education. University of Minnesota students benefit from one of the largest teaching hospitals in the country, as well as world renowned faculty in zoonotic diseases, comparative medicine, and population systems. The College offers state-of-the-art facilities, including the Veterinary Medical Center, Leatherdale Equine Center, and the Raptor Center, which in 1988 became the world’s first facility designed specifically for birds of prey. Off-site facilities include farms throughout Minnesota and around the world.

The College of Veterinary Medicine is located on the 540-acre St. Paul campus. Students enjoy a small, intimate campus atmosphere of approximately 3,000 students while benefiting from the numerous amenities available within one of the nation’s largest university systems.

The Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul have a combined population of approximately 2.5 million people and represents one of the largest metropolitan areas where a veterinary college is located. The Twin Cities is the cultural center for the region, abundant with outdoor recreational opportunities, and is repeatedly cited as one of the most livable metropolitan areas in the nation.

In 2013-14, the DVM program underwent a complete curriculum revision. During the first three years of the DVM program, students focus on the study of the normal animal, the pathogenesis of diseases and the prevention, alleviation and clinical therapy of diseases. Students gain hands-on experience throughout the entire program in clinical and professional skills courses.

The program concludes with thirteen months of clinical rotations in the Veterinary Medical Center, during which time students learn methods of veterinary care and develop skills needed for professional practice. Students can choose from over 80 rotation offerings. The fourth year includes up to twelve weeks of externship experiences at off-campus sites of the student’s choice.


Application requirements include a complete VMCAS application, three electronic letters of reference submitted through VMCAS, official transcripts submitted through VMCAS, GRE examination scores, and an $85 application processing fee. The University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine does not utilize a supplemental application.

The application, transcripts, and references are due to VMCAS by their respective deadlines.

All other application materials are due to the College by the application deadline of September 15, 2016 at 12 Midnight Eastern Time. For more application information, please visit

Residency implications: first priority is given to residents of Minnesota and residents of states with which a reciprocity or contract agreement exists (North Dakota and South Dakota). Residents of other states are encouraged to apply. International applicants should contact the Admissions Office for additional information. The University of Minnesota will accept 104 students into the program each year. Approximately 54 of the 104 seats are reserved for resident/reciprocity eligible applicants. Approximately 50 seats are held for non-resident applicants.



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

Date acceptances mailed: mid-February

School begins: last week of August

Deposit (to hold place in class): $500.00

Deferments: can be requested for extenuating circumstances that warrant a 1-year delay in admission. Requests to defer submitted after July 15 will not be considered.


Objective measures of educational background

• GPA in prerequisite coursework

• GPA in most recent 45-semester credits

• GRE Test scores

Behavioral interviews

Subjective measures of personal experience

• Employment record

• Extracurricular and/or community service activities

• Leadership abilities

• References

• Maturity/reliability

• Animal/veterinary knowledge, experience, and interest


Number of Number of Applicants / New Entrants

Resident: 170/54 admitted

Non-Resident: 717/50 admitted

Total: 887/104 admitted

The figures for new entrants include students taking delayed admission from the previous year.

*Includes residents of North and South Dakota


All prerequisites must be graded at a C- or better. Math and science prerequisites courses must be recent within ten years of the application deadline.

Liberal education requirements: A minimum of three courses (9 credits) designated as liberal education by the applicant’s undergraduate institution attended.

Required undergraduate GPA: 2.75 minimum GPA required for prerequisite GPA and last-45 semester credit GPA. The class of 2019 had a mean GPA of 3.62 (on a 4.00 scale) for required courses and 3.7 for the last 60 quarter-hour or 45 semester-hour credits of coursework prior to admission.

AP credit policy: must appear on official college transcripts and be equivalent to the appropriate college-level coursework.

Course completion deadline: prerequisite courses must be completed by the end of the spring term (not later than June 15) of the academic year in which application is made. No more than five prerequisite science and math courses may be pending completion during the fall and spring semesters of the application cycle. Science laboratory courses are not included in the count of five.

Standardized examinations: Graduate Record Examination (GRE), general test, is required. Results must be received by the College by the application deadline. The mean combined score for the verbal and quantitative sections of the GRE for the class of 2019 was 311. When scheduling your exam, confirm your test date will allow enough time for results to be delivered by the application deadline. Send test results to institution code 6904. For the most current GRE submission information, please see

Is a Bachelor’s Degree Required? no

Is this an International School? no


Course Description
Number of Hours/Credits
English (2 courses) 6
Algebra, Pre-Calculus, or Calculus 3
General Chemistry w/ Labs (2 courses, plus 2 labs)
Organic Chemistry 3
Biochemistry 3
General Biology w/ Lab 3
Zoology w/ Lab 3
Genetics 3
Microbiology w/ Lab 3
Physics (2 courses) 6
Liberal Education (3 courses) 9
Statistics 3


Estimated Tuition Resident: $31,164

Estimated Tuition Contract: n/a

Estimated Tuition Non-Resident: $55,998

*This includes all tuition, fees, and two semesters of health insurance costs (approximately $1,998). Health insurance is mandatory; students can petition out of insurance costs if proof of personal coverage is provided.

Students from Minnesota and South Dakota pay resident tuition rates. Students from North Dakota can apply to the state of North Dakota for tuition support. Approved North Dakota students pay resident tuition rates. North Dakota students not approved pay non-resident tuition rates. Students from all other states or international locations pay non-resident tuition rates.

Students may apply for residency after one year of enrollment.


Resident: 54

Contract: n/a

Non-Resident: 50


Graduate Record Exam

VMCAS Participation: full

Accepts International Students? yes


Application Deadline: 9/15/2016

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