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.
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.
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.
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
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 October 2,
2014, at 1 PM Eastern Time. For more application information, please visit
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 are only considered if their
prerequisite coursework has been completed at a U.S. or Canadian college or
university. The University of Minnesota will accept 102 students into the
program each year. Approximately 55 of the 102 seats are reserved for
resident/reciprocity eligible applicants. Approximately 47 seats are held for
PREREQUISITES FOR ADMISSION
SUMMARY OF ADMISSION PROCEDURES
VMCAS application deadline:
Thursday, October 2,
2014 at 1:00 PM Eastern Time
Date acceptances mailed:
last week of August
Deposit (to hold place in class):
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
Subjective measures of personal experience
• Employment record
• Extracurricular and/or community service activities
• Leadership abilities
• Animal/veterinary knowledge, experience, and interest
2013-2014 ADMISSIONS SUMMARY
Number of Number of Applicants / New Entrants
The figures for new entrants include students taking delayed
admission from the previous year.
*Includes residents of North and South Dakota
EXPENSES FOR THE 2013-2014 ACADEMIC YEAR
Tuition and fees
includes all tuition, fees, and one calendar year of health insurance costs
(approximately $3,180). Health insurance is mandatory; students can petition
out of insurance costs if proof of personal coverage is provided.
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.
may apply for residency after one year of enrollment.
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:
minimum of four courses from the following areas of study: anthropology, art,
economics, geography, history, humanities, literature (including foreign
language literature), music, political science, psychology, public speaking,
social science, sociology, theater.
Required undergraduate GPA:
2.75 minimum GPA required.
The class of 2017 had a mean GPA of 3.65 (on a 4.00 scale) for required courses
and 3.74 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:
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 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.
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 2017 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.
Is a Bachelor’s Degree Required?
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