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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 October 2, 2014, at 1 PM Eastern Time. For more application informa­tion, please visit prospective/home.html.

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 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 non-resident applicants.


Course Description

Number of Hours/Credits

English (2 courses)


Algebra, Pre-Calculus, or Calculus


General Chemistry w/ Labs (2 courses, plus 2 labs)


Organic Chemistry w/ Lab


B i c h e m is t ry


General Biology w/ Lab


Zoology w/ Lab




Microbiology w/ Lab


Physics w/ Lab (2 courses, plus 2 labs)


Liberal Education: Arts and Humanities (2 courses)


Liberal Education: Social Science and History (2 courses)




VMCAS application deadline: Thursday, October 2, 2014 at 1:00 PM 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

Residents*: 179/55 admitted

Non-Resident: 782/47 admitted

Total: 961/102 admitted

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

*Includes residents of North and South Dakota


Tuition and fees

Residents: $33,880*

Nonresidents: $58,346*

*This 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.

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.


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 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: 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 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 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? no

Is this an International School? no


Estimated Tuition Resident: $33,880

Estimated Tuition Contract: n/a

Estimated Tuition Non-Resident: $58,346


Resident: 55

Contract: n/a

Non-Resident: 47


Graduate Record Exam

VMCAS Participation: full

Accepts International Students? yes


Application Deadline: 10/2/2014

Page Updated: 05/05/14

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