How To Apply
Information for applicants seeking admission starting Fall 2016
Veterinary Medical Application Service (VMCAS)
The University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine is a participating member of a national application services called the VMCAS. With one Web-based application, prospective veterinary students may submit their application to most of the U.S. and many Canadian and international veterinary colleges that participate in VMCAS.
The University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine requires that all applicants, resident and non-resident, submit their initial application via VMCAS. International applicants are considered for admission only if their pre-veterinary coursework has been completed at an accredited U.S. or Canadian college or university.
VMCAS will begin accepting applications during the first week of May 11, 2016. The application deadline is September 15, 2016. This is a firm deadline and late applications are not considered. Please visit the AAVMC/VMCASwebsite for details on the next deadline.
Application Processing Fee
The University of Minnesota does not utilize a supplemental application, but does require an additional application processing fee of $85 due on the same date as the application deadline. Applicants not submitting the University of Minnesota application processing fee will not be considered for admission. The application fee can be paid online with a credit or debit card once the application cycle opens.
Graduate Record Exam
Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores are required of all applicants. Applicants must take the general GRE exam, and not a subject specific exam, such as biology. Exam scores should be directed to institution code 6904. A department code is unnecessary. Exam results must be recent within five years of the application deadline. Test takers are encouraged to send all exam results and the best test date, determined by the highest composite verbal and quantitative score, will be used.
Web-based and classroom-based GRE test preparation coursework is offered by the College of Continuing Education at the University of Minnesota.
Official copies of all transcripts from any college or university attended should be sent to VMCAS by September 15, 2016. The University of Minnesota will be unable to process or forward transcripts that are sent to us and not to VMCAS. More information on the transcript verification process can be found on the AAVMC website.
Letters of Reference
The University of Minnesota requires three electronic Letters of Reference (eLOR) on behalf of each applicant. eLORs are submitted directly through VMCAS as part of the application. Applicants may submit up to six eLORs total. It is strongly recommended that at least one eLOR is written by a D.V.M. Others may come from individuals known in a professional environment, such as employers, volunteer coordinators, instructors, advisors, etc.
Prerequisite Coursework in Progress
Fall semester/quarter grades in progress at the time the application is submitted will not be included in the evaluation of applicants. The academic record used in the evaluation of applicants will conclude as the applicant's academic record stands at the end of summer term prior to the mid-September application deadline. Those offered provisional admission will send a final transcript at the end of spring term 2016, which will reflect grades received fall term 2015 and spring 2016, if applicable.
All required pre-veterinary coursework must be complete by the end of spring term prior to the start of the D.V.M. program in the fall. All college coursework must be listed on the VMCAS application as either 1) complete, 2) in-progress or 3) planned for the fall, winter, or spring terms during the application cycle. Applicants who do not complete all prerequisite courses by the end of the spring term prior to the fall term in which admission is being sought will be ineligible for admission. Summer 2016 courses will not be permitted for applicants wishing to start during fall 2016.
The final step in our review of applicants is an on-campus interview. All applicants that meet the academic and subjective review standards set by the Admissions Committee will be invited to campus for an interview in late January or early February. Interview invitations are typically sent in early January. Students who are invited to interview but fail to appear will not be considered for admission.
Offers of Admission
Offers of admission are typically extended in mid-February and must be accepted or declined by April 15. Wait list offers are also extended at this time. Applicants on the wait list are extended offers of admission as seats become available, until the first day of the term.
Requests to Defer
Delayed admission deferments are granted in extenuating circumstances and must be approved by the Admissions Committee. Deferments are limited to one academic year. Requests to defer must be made in writing to the Director of Admissions, Karen Nelson at firstname.lastname@example.org no later than July 15. Deferred students forfeit their admissions deposit of $500 and are asked to submit a second deposit the following spring. Students must accept their offers of admission before they can request a deferral.
Re-applicants have no priority in admission, nor are they at any disadvantage. Many applicants apply more than once. A new application and application materials must be submitted each cycle.