An increased demand for admission

October 22, 2018

Preliminary data gathered at the conclusion of the 2018 Veterinary Medical College Application Service (VMCAS) cycle has shown an increase in demand for admission to the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC) member institutions. This includes the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine (CVM), which saw a total of 950 applications this year—a nine percent increase in applications compared to a year ago.

Of the 950 people who applied to the CVM in the 2018 VMCAS cycle, 190 were resident applicants, which includes North Dakota, South Dakota, and Minnesota. Applications to the CVM’s program from all other states totaled 760.

The top five states from which the CVM received applications include Minnesota (170), California (100), Wisconsin (70), Illinois (50), and New York (50). The College also received applications from 11 international applicants. The average age of CVM applicants for the 2018 VMCAS cycle was 23, with the youngest applicant being 19 and the oldest being 41. The applicants were 792 female, 154 male, and four applicants declined to state.

The total number of applications to a veterinary medical college submitted was 40,522, which represents about a 10 percent increase nationwide over last year. According to the AAVMC website, a total of 8,151 individuals applied to attend a veterinary medical college through VMCAS, specifically. This represents a seven percent increase over last year. The number of applicants increased about six percent year over year during the preceding two admissions cycles.