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Oregon State University

Office of the Dean
Attention: Admissions
College of Veterinary Medicine
Oregon State University
200 Magruder Hall
Corvallis, OR 97331-4801
Telephone: (541) 737-6985
Fax: (541) 737-4245

Oregon State University (OSU) is one of only two universities in the United States to hold the Land Grant, Sea Grant, Sun Grant, and Space Grant designations, and is one of only four doctoral-granting universities in the Pacific Northwest to hold the designation of “very high research” by the Carnegie Foundation. OSU is located in Corvallis, a community of 55,000 people situated in the Willamette Valley between Portland and Eugene. Ocean beaches, lakes, rivers, forests, high desert, and the rugged Cascade and Coast Ranges are all within a 100-mile drive of Corvallis. Life in Corvallis includes lectures, concerts, films, and exhibits through the university. In the heart of the agriculturally-rich Willamette River Valley, Corvallis enjoys colorful and crisp autumns, mild and rainy winters, flowering springs, and warm, dry summers.
The first class of veterinary students entered Oregon State University in the fall of 1979, coinciding with the opening of the university’s large animal hospital. Starting with the class entering in 2003, the College has offered a fully accredited, four-year program in Corvallis. The OSU College of Veterinary Medicine (CVM) supports small animal, equine, camelid, and food animal medicine and surgery as well as diagnostic and pathology services. The College opened a state-of-the-art small animal clinic in 2005 and renovation and expansion of the large animal facilities were completed in 2008. The small class size of 56 students helps to provide them with an excellent veterinary education and the opportunity to have close interaction with faculty.
Application Information
For specific application information (availability, deadlines, fees, and VMCAS participation), please refer to the contact information listed above.
Residency implications: Oregon residents and WICHE-sponsored students are eligible for resident fees. Sixteen students are accepted as nonresidents including applicants from WICHE states.
Prerequisites for Admission
Science course requirements
General biology
A course sequence of biology
(2 semesters or 3 quarters).
Biological sciences
A minimum of at least 4 additional
semester or 6 additional quarter credits
of upper-division biological science
courses with at least one laboratory.
A course sequence in physics for
science majors (8 semester credits or
at least 10 quarter credits).
General chemistry
A course sequence of inorganic
chemistry with laboratories (2 semesters
or 3 quarters).
Organic chemistry
A course sequence of organic chemistry
 sufficient to meet requirements for
upper-division biochemistry (1-2
semesters or 2-3 quarters).
A minimum of 1 semester or 2 quarters
of upper-division biochemistry; a
complete course sequence is preferred.
A course in general genetics that
includes both Mendelian and molecular
genetics (at least 3 semester or 4
quarter credits).
A course or course sequence in college
level algebra and trigonometry or higher
level mathematics.
A course in animal or human physiology
(at least 2 semester or 3 quarter credits).
A course(s) in statistics (at least 3
semester or 4 quarter credits).

General education course requirements
At least 4 semester or 6 quarter credits
of English writing (e.g., English
composition, technical writing).
Public speaking
At least 2 semester or 3 quarter credits
of public speaking.
Humanities/social sciences
At least 8 semester or 12 quarter credits
of humanities or social science courses.
These requirements will be considered met if the applicant has a bachelor’s degree by July 1 of the year in which they are accepted into the program.
All prerequisite courses taken after August 2004 must be graded on an A–F scale and not taken as pass/fail. Any grade below C– in a prerequisite course is considered unsatisfactory and the course cannot be accepted to fulfill a requirement. Applicants can fulfill the requirement by repeating the same course or by substituting a higher-level course in the same field as that of the required course. A student who attends an institution that does not provide traditional grades will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. In addition to the prerequisite courses, applicants are encouraged to take elective courses to better prepare them for the veterinary curriculum and profession. Suggested elective courses include animal science courses, business-related courses, embryology and microbiology.
Required undergraduate GPA: A minimum GPA is not required. The average cumulative GPA of admitted students is approximately 3.60.
AP credit policy: Advanced Placement (AP) and College Level Examination Program (CLEP) exam credits for lower-division prerequisite courses are accepted; credit must be reflected on the official ETS College Board score report or on an official college transcript.

Course completion deadline: Students must complete prerequisite courses by July 1 of the year in which they are accepted into the program. Complete and final official academic transcripts for all accepted applicants must be received by OSU CVM by August 1 of the year in which they are accepted into the program. It is the applicant’s responsibility to verify receipt of these materials.
Standardized examinations: Graduate Record Examination (GRE®), general test, is required. The GRE must be taken within a five-year period prior to applying to veterinary school. Test scores must be received by the application deadline, October 2, 2012. It is the applicant’s responsibility to verify receipt of these materials.
The Supplemental Application for the 2012 - 2013 Admissions Cycle, will be available the beginning of June. You will find the link to the Supplemental Application on our website at; .On the list of links, click on the link titled “OSU CVM Supplemental Application” if you should have any questions feel free to contact Holly Bell in Admissions at 541-737-6985 or by email at
Additional requirements and considerations
Quality and rigor of academic preparation
Evidence of desirable skills, knowledge, attitude, and aptitude
Animal/veterinary knowledge and experience
Recommendations/evaluations (three required, at least one by a veterinarian)
Interview (Oregon residents only)
Summary of Admission Procedure
VMCAS application deadline: Tuesday, October 2, 2013 1:00 PM Eastern Time
Supplemental application receipt deadline: October 2, 2013
Date interviews are held: February
Date acceptances mailed: February–March
School begins: late September
Deposit (to hold place in class): $50.00 for residents, $200.00 for non-residents. Deferments: considered on an individual basis.
Evaluation criteria
Major criteria upon which applicants are selected include likelihood of academic success in the program, demonstration of qualities deemed valuable in a veterinarian, exposure to and an understanding of the veterinary profession, and contribution to diversity of the student body and the profession. Academic criteria include undergraduate and graduate grades, quantity and quality of upper-division science courses, performance in prerequisite courses, academic credit load, GRE scores, and work and/or family demands during school. Students who have taken heavy course loads (i.e. 15 or more credits per term) and performed well are likely to be better prepared for the veterinary curriculum which averages 17-21 credits per term. Nonacademic factors considered are interpersonal skills, communication skills, compassion, integrity, maturity, motivation, civic and community-mindedness, diversity of interests and activities, leadership in student and/or community organizations, scientific inquisitiveness and analytical skills. Academic and nonacademic factors are determined by evaluation of the VMCAS application, supplemental application, letters of evaluation and interview (Oregon residents only).
Oregon State University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, age, marital status, disability, or veteran status.
2011–2012 admissions summary

Number of Applicants Number of New Entrants
Resident   97 40
Contract (WICHE)* 119   1
Nonresident 338 15
Total 554 56
* For further information, see the listing of contracting states and provinces.
Expenses for the 2012–2013 Academic Year
Tuition and fees
Resident (approximate) $21,386
Nonresident Contract* $21,386
Other nonresident (approximate) $40,690
* For further information, see the listing of contracting states and provinces.
Page Updated: March/20/2013
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