Michigan State University

Office of Admissions
College of Veterinary Medicine
Veterinary Medical Center
784 Wilson Road, F-110
East Lansing MI 48824
Telephone: (517) 353-9793; fax: (517) 353-3041;
Helpline: (800) 496-4MSU (4678)
Email: admiss@cvm.msu.edu
Website: www.cvm.msu.edu

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Michigan State University’s campus is bordered by the city of East Lansing, which offers sidewalk cafes, restaurants, shops, and convenient mass transit. The campus is traversed by the Red Cedar River and has many miles of bike paths and walkways. This park-like setting provides an ideal venue in which MSU’s 49,00 students may enjoy outdoor concerts and plays, canoeing, and cross-country skiing. The campus is located in East Lansing, three miles east of Michigan’s capitol in Lansing. It sits on a 5,200-acre campus with 2,100 acres in existing or planned development. There are 532 buildings which include 103 academic buildings.


                      College Mission: Learn. Discover. Heal. Protect.

                      College Vision: The MSU College of Veterinary Medicine is the trusted leader in animal health, delivering unparalleled solutions to serve an ever-evolving world.

                      College Values: Accountability, Compassion, Diversity, Excellence, Innovation, Integrity and Teamwork

Class Size

·         Resident #: 78

·         Non-Resident #: 37

·         International Seats #: Included in 37 non-resident seats

Applicant Pool (prior year)

·         Resident # 324

·         Non-Resident # 875

·         Contract # and where

International School: No

Accepts International Applicants: Yes

VMCAS Participant: Yes


·         Date pre-reqs must be completed – July 1, 2020

·         Pre-requisite required grade – 2.0

·         VMCAS application: Yes

·         Supplemental application: No

·         Transcript Requirements

AP Policy: AP credit(s) must appear on an official transcript and be equivalent to appropriate college-level coursework.

International Transcripts: International transcripts must be evaluated by World Education Services (WES) and submitted to VMCAS. It is recommended that transcript(s) be submitted to the translation service at least one month prior to the deadline of Monday, September 16, 2019.

·         WES Report Required: Yes

Test Requirements -

·         TOEFL Test Deadline: September 16, 2019


·         Minimum hours requirements: 150 Veterinary hours recommended, though not required.

Letters of Recommendation (eLOR)

·         Minimum number required: 3

·         Veterinarian Required: Yes – 1 must be from a Veterinarian

Bachelor’s degree required: No

Academic Statement

·         Required Grades – Pre-requisites – 2.0

·         Required minimum of last 45: 3.0

·         Required minimum science GPA: 3.0

Interview Required: Yes

·         Type of interview: MMI



·         Application Open Date: May 09

·         Application Deadline Date: September 17

·         Transcripts Received Date:September 17

·         eLOR Received Date: September 17

Interviews held: November through February

·         Multi-mini Interview

Offers released: December through February

Orientation held: Dates – August 14, 2019 – August 16, 2019

Deposit required: Yes

·         If YES, amount: $500.00 for residents; $1,000.00 for nonresidents

Defers granted: Yes, rare.

Transfers accepted: No


                      Science pre-requisite GPA

                      Last 45 GPA



                      Leadership Skills

                      Personal Essays

                      Contribution to diversity

                      Non-cognitive skills

                      Readiness to matriculate

                      Employment history



                      GPA Average : 3.60 Last 3 semesters, 3.43 Science Pre-reqs

                      Number of applications: 1,199

                      Number interviewed : 348

                      Number selected: 187

                      Number Accepted into class: 115

                      Number matriculated: 115


*For current year (2020 matriculation)

Resident (in-State)

·         Tuition: $31,008

·         Fees: Included in tuition

·         COA: $21,000 estimated annual living expenses

Non-Resident (out-of-state)

·         Tuition: $56470

·         Fees: Included in tuition

·         COA: $21,000 estimated annual living expenses


Combined DVM-MPH degree program possible

Combined online DVM/MS in Food Safety possible

Curriculum Statement

·         Flipped classroom

Clinicals begin: Spring semester of the 3rd year


·         1.5 years clinical experience

·         New curriculum focused on active learning

·         Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory

·         Veterinary Technology Program on site


·         Do you require the GRE - No

·         Do you have a supplemental application – No

·         Do you have a supplemental Fee - No

·         Do you have interviews – Yes, multimini interviews

·         Are interviews in person - Yes

·         Do you have a dual degree program –

·         It is possible to do a dual degree

·         What is your requirement for Veterinary hours – No requirement but we recommend 150 hours


The College of Veterinary Medicine is fortunate to have an outstanding faculty, all of whom hold the doctor of veterinary medicine degree and/or the doctor of philosophy degree. Nearly all of the specialty boards recognized by the American Veterinary Medical Association are represented on the faculty. Many of these faculty members are leaders in their fields, both nationally and internationally.

Today, the College includes four biomedical science departments—microbiology and molecular genetics, pathobiology and diagnostic investigation, pharmacology and toxicology, and physiology; two clinical departments—large-animal clinical sciences and small-animal clinical sciences; two service units— the Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory and Veterinary Medical Center.

MSU has a long-standing commitment to equal opportunity, affirmative action, and multiculturalism. The College has attained national recognition for its leadership in programs for the encouragement of underrepresented groups at the preprofessional, professional, and advanced studies levels, as well as for increased diversity in its faculty.


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