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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.
During the first three years of the D.V.M. 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 60 rotation offerings. The fourth year includes up to twelve weeks of externship experiences at off-campus sites of the student’s choice.
Application Information
Application requirements include a complete VMCAS application, three electronic letters of reference submitted through VMCAS, official transcripts from each educational institution attended, GRE examination scores, and an $80 application processing fee. The University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine does not utilize a supplemental application.
The application and references are due to VMCAS by the application deadline of October 2, 2013, at 1 p.m. Eastern Time.
All other application materials are also due to the College by the application deadline of October 2, 2013, at 1 p.m. Eastern Time.
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Residency implications: first priority is given to residents of Minnesota and residents of states/provinces 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 pre-veterinary courses have been completed at a U.S. or Canadian college or university.
The University of Minnesota will accept 100 students into the program each year. Approximately 55 of the 100 seats are reserved for resident/reciprocity eligible applicants. Approximately 45 seats are held for non-resident applicants.
Prerequisites for Admission
Course requirements and semester hours
Freshman English, communication 6-10
Mathematics 3-5
Chemistry (with laboratory)
  General inorganic 6-10
  General organic* 3-5
Biology (with laboratory) 3-5
Zoology/animal biology (with laboratory) 3-5
Physics (with laboratory) 6-10
Biochemistry 3-5
Genetics 3-5
Microbiology (with laboratory) 3-5
Liberal education 12-16
* Two quarters with one laboratory or one semester with laboratory
All prerequisites must be graded at a C- or better. Math and science prerequisites courses must be recent within 10 years.
A minimum of 4 courses from the following areas of study: anthropology, art, economics, geography, history, humanities, literature (including foreign language literature), music, political science, psychology, public speaking or small group (interpersonal) communication, social science, sociology, theater.
Required undergraduate GPA: 2.75 minimum GPA required. The class of 2016 had a mean GPA of 3.63 (on a 4.00 scale) for required courses and 3.72 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 2016 was 1200. 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.
Summary of Admission Procedure
VMCAS application deadline: Tuesday, October 2, 2013 1:00 PM Eastern Time
Date acceptances mailed: Late February
School begins: early September
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.
Evaluation criteria

Objective measures of educational background
  GPA in required courses
  GPA in recent courses
  Test scores
Behavioral interviews
Subjective measures of personal experience
  Employment record
  Extracurricular and/or community service activities
  Leadership abilities
  Animal/veterinary knowledge, experience, and interest

2011–2012 admissions summary

Number of Applicants Number of New Entrants
Resident* 189   55
Nonresident 759   45
Total 948 100

The figures for new entrants include students taking delayed admission from the previous year.
*Includes residents of North and South Dakota and Manitoba.

Expenses for the 2011–2012 Academic Year
Tuition and fees
Residents $32,456*
Nonresidents $56,210*
* This includes all tuition and fees
Students from Minnesota and South Dakota pay resident tuition rates. Students from North Dakota can apply to the state of North Dakota for a contract seat. 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. 
Page Updated: March/20/2013
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