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Mississippi State University


Office of Student Admissions
College of Veterinary Medicine
P.O. Box 6100
Mississippi State University
Mississippi State MS 39762
Telephone: (662) 325-9065 or 325-4161

Starkville is home to more than 20,000 MSU students and their Bulldogs. Starkville is located in northeast central Mississippi and has a population of 24,000. Being a land-grant university, MSU is green and beautifully landscaped. The university includes 9 farms scattered throughout the state. The College of Veterinary Medicine (the Wise Center) was completed in 1982. The college includes 620 rooms on 8 acres, or 360,000 square feet, under one roof.
The curriculum of the MSU-CVM is divided into 2 phases: Phase 1 (freshman and sophomore years) and Phase 2 (junior and senior years).
Year 1 uses foundation courses to expose the student to important medical concepts and address multidisciplinary problems.
Year 2 is devoted to the study of clinical diseases and abnormalities of animal species. Surgery labs begin in the second year.
Year 3 is comprised of clinical rotations in the College’s Animal Health Center, and elective courses.
Year 4 includes core rotations in internal medicine and ICU, large animal ambulatory and the Jackson Emergency/Referral Clinic.
The remainder of the year is largely experiential and offers the student the opportunity to select among approved experiences in advanced clinical rotations, elective courses, or externships. The first 3 years of the curriculum are 9–10 months in length, while the fourth year is 12 months.
Application Information
For specific application information (availability, deadlines, fees, and VMCAS participation), please refer to the contact information listed above.
Residency implications: Mississippi State accepts 40 Mississippi residents, 5 contract students from both South Carolina and West Virginia, and 35 nonresident applicants.
Prerequisites for Admission
Course requirements and semester hours
English composition   6
Speech or Technical Writing   3
Mathematics (college algebra or higher)*   6
General biology with laboratory   8
Microbiology with laboratory*   4
General chemistry with laboratories*   8
Organic chemistry with laboratories*   8
Biochemistry*   3
Physics (may be trig-based) *   6
Advanced (upper level) science electives* 12
Humanities, fine arts, social and behavioral sciences 15
* Science and mathematics courses must be completed or updated within six calendar years prior to the anticipated date of enrollment.
Required undergraduate GPA: a minimum GPA of 2.8 on a 4.0 scale overall and in required math/science courses. Minimum GPA must be maintained throughout the application process. The class of 2016 has an average undergraduate GPA of 3.60.
No grade lower than a C- is acceptable in any required course.

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

Course completion deadline: prerequisites must be completed by the end of the spring term prior to fall matriculation into the first-year class.

Standardized examinations: Graduate Record Exam (GRE®), general test, is required (no minimum score) and is due at the school by October 1.

New test: Students should schedule the GRE exam 30 days prior to the deadline.

Additional requirements and considerations
Evaluation of written application
Supplemental application and fee ( )
Letters of recommendation (3 submitted through VMCAS; 1 must be completed by a veterinarian)
Interview (by invitation on a competitive basis)

Summary of Admission Procedure

VMCAS application deadline: Tuesday, October 2, 2013 1:00 PM Eastern Time
Date interviews are held: January and February
Date acceptances mailed: February
First-year classes begin: early July

Deposit (to hold place in class): $500.00.

Deferments: requests are considered on an individual basis.

Evaluation criteria
Quality of academic program
Test scores
Animal/veterinary experience
References (3 required, one by a veterinarian)
Application (includes personal statement)

Class of 2016 admissions summary

Number of Applicants Number of New Entrants
Resident   92* 40*
Nonresident 881* 45*
Total 973* 85*
*Includes students admitted through the Early Entry Program

Expenses for the 2012–2013 Academic Year

Tuition and fees
Resident and contract seats $18,011
Nonresident $43,011

Dual-Degree Programs

Combined DVM–graduate degree programs are available.

International Students

International students are accepted
Page Updated: March/20/2013
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