University of Minnesota

Office of Academic and Student Affairs
College of Veterinary Medicine
108 Pomeroy Center
1964 Fitch Ave.
University of Minnesota
St. Paul MN 55108
Telephone: (612) 624-4747


The University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine prepares future leaders in companion animal, food animal, and public health practice, as well as research and education. University of Minnesota students benefit from one of the largest teaching hospitals in the country, as well as world renowned faculty in zoonotic diseases, comparative medicine, and population systems.

The College offers state-of-the-art facilities, including the Veterinary Medical Center, Leatherdale Equine Center, and the Raptor Center, which in 1988 became the world’s first facility designed specifically for birds of prey. Off-site facilities include farms throughout Minnesota and around the world. The College of Veterinary Medicine is located on the 540-acre St. Paul campus. Students enjoy a small, intimate campus atmosphere of approximately 3,000 students while benefiting from the numerous amenities available within one of the nation’s largest university systems.

The Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul have a combined population of approximately 2.5 million people and represents one of the largest metropolitan areas where a veterinary college is located. The Twin Cities is the cultural center for the region, abundant with outdoor recreational opportunities, and is repeatedly cited as one of the most livable metropolitan areas in the nation.

In 2013-14, the DVM program underwent a complete curriculum revision. During the first three years of the DVM program, students focus on the study of the normal animal, the pathogenesis of diseases and the prevention, alleviation and clinical therapy of diseases. Students gain hands-on experience throughout the entire program in clinical and professional skills courses.

The program concludes with thirteen months of clinical rotations in the Veterinary Medical Center, during which time students learn methods of veterinary care and develop skills needed for professional practice. Students can choose from over 60 rotation offerings. The fourth year includes up to ten weeks of externship experiences at off-campus sites of the student’s choice.


Health & Wellness: We offer a variety of health and wellness related programs, including access to mental health counseling services, wellness initiatives coordinated within each class, student life clubs focused on wellness, on-campus fitness centers, and more.

Diversity & Disadvantaged: We offer a variety of initiatives to promote diversity and inclusion within the student body, starting with the selection of students who contribute and/or support diversity and inclusion. Special scholarships and early admission pathway programs (VetLEAD) support diverse students within the student body. Students can engage in community outreach programs which provide basic veterinary care to low-income or no-income residents in Minnesota or participate on the College-wide diversity and inclusion committee.

Accommodations: Students with documented disabilities will find support from the College’s Academic and Student Affairs office in conjunction with the University Disability Resource Center.

                      Class Size

·         Resident #: 53

·         Non-Resident #: 52

                      Applicant Pool (prior year)

·         Resident #: 190

·         Non-Resident #: 760

                      International School: No

                      Accepts International Applicants: Yes

                      VMCAS Participant: Yes


                      Date pre-reqs must be completed: prerequisite courses must be completed by the end of the spring term of the academic year in which application is made. No more than five prerequisite science and math courses may be pending completion during the fall and spring semesters of the application cycle. A science course and accompanying laboratory are considered as one towards the count of five, even if they are separate classes with independent course numbers.

                      Pre-requisite required grade: C- or better

                      VMCAS application: Yes

                      Supplemental application: No supplemental application. We do assess an application processing fee of $85. Application fee is payable through our website.

                      Transcript Requirements

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

·         International Transcripts: Must be assessed through an evaluation service, such as WES.

·         WES Report Required: Yes

                      Test Requirements

·         GRE Test Deadline: Same as application deadline.


                      Requirements statement: Applicants are encourages to have a wide variety of veterinary and animal care experiences. Extracurricular activities, research experience, and other general employment are also highly valued. Experience can be paid, volunteer, or observational.

                      Minimum hours requirements: No minimum requirement

                      Letters of Recommendation (eLOR)

·         Letters Guidance Statement: Highly recommend at least one from a veterinarian. Select individuals who know you well through a professional, extracurricular, or educational setting. Committee letters are OK as long as they are routed through the eLOR system.

§  Minimum number required: 3

§  Veterinarian Required: Strongly recommended

                      Bachelor’s degree required: No

                      Academic Statement

·         Required Grades: C- or better

·         Required minimum of last 45: 2.75

·         Required minimum GRE score: 35th percentile

·         Other GPA requirements: Required minimum prerequisite course GPA: 2.75

                      Interview Required: Yes

·         Type of interview: Behavioral



·         Open Date: May 9

·         Application Deadline Date: September 17

·         Transcripts Received Date: September 17

·         eLOR Received Date: September 16

·         GRE Scores Received Date: September 17

·         Interviews held: Late January / early February

§  Interview format statement: Behavioral interview format. One applicant with two interviewers. Approximately 1 hour in length. Learn more about our interview format at our web site:

·         Offers released: mid to late February

·         Orientation held: Late August

·         Deposit required: Yes

§  If YES, amount: $500

·         Defers granted: Yes

·         Transfers accepted: Yes, on a space available basis


                      GPA in prerequisite coursework

                      GPA in most recent 45-semester credits

                      GRE Test scores

                      Behavioral interview

                      Subjective measures of personal experience

                      Employment record

                      Extracurricular and/or community service activities

                      Leadership abilities



                      Animal/veterinary knowledge, experience, and interest

                      Contribution to and support of diversity and inclusion


                      GRE Average and Range Verbal: 156 (142- 168), Quantitative: 155 (145-167)

                      GPA Average and Range: Prerequisite course GPA: 3.67 (2.99-4.0), Last 45-semester credit GPA: 3.74 (3.21-4.0)

                      Number of applications: We received 950 applications in 2018-2019

                      Number Accepted into class: 105

                      Number matriculated: 105


*For current year (2020 matriculation)

Expenses include all tuition, fees, and two semesters of health insurance costs (approximately $2,232). Health insurance is mandatory; students can petition out of insurance costs if proof of personal coverage is provided.

Students from Minnesota and South Dakota pay resident tuition rates. Students from North Dakota can apply to the state of North Dakota for tuition support through the Professional Student Exchange Program (PSEP). Approved North Dakota students pay resident tuition rates. North Dakota students not approved pay non-resident tuition rates. Students from all other states or international locations pay non-resident tuition rates.

Students may apply for residency after one year of enrollment.

                      Resident (in-State)

·         Tuition & Fees: $31,984

                      Non-Resident (out-of-state)

·         Tuition & Fees: $57,490


VetLEAD: Veterinary Leadership through Early Admissions for Diversity (VetLEAD): VetLEAD creates a pathway into the DVM program for students at under-represented serving partner schools, including Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU).

High achieving students with relevant experience enrolled at FAMU may apply for an early admissions decision after they have completed at least two semesters at FAMU. Read more about the program at our web site:

                      Combined Programs statement: DVM/PhD:

·         Two options available for formal DVM/PhD study: DVM/PhD in Comparative and Molecular Biosciences or DVM/PhD in Veterinary Medicine. Under the concurrent option, students complete the first two years of the DVM curriculum, then transfer to the PhD program. Following defense of an original PhD thesis, students return to the DVM program to complete clinical training and degree requirements.

·         Alternatively, students may complete all DVM requirements before entering the PhD program full time. Learn more about this program at our web site: o DVM/MPH: In this program veterinary students can simultaneously earn a DVM and a master of public health (MPH) degree in as little as four years. Students obtain the credentials to work in government or industry on issues relating to food safety, emerging infectious diseases, biosecurity, and public health. MPH students complete veterinary and human public health field experience and a “culminating experience” project under the guidance of a faculty adviser. Learn more about this program at our web site:

                      Other Academic Programs statement

·         Summer Scholars: The Summer Scholars program offers first and second year veterinary students the opportunity to participate in research projects related to veterinary, animal, and human health initiatives. Through this experiential learning, students will gain an appreciation of biomedical and veterinary research careers and see firsthand how research contributes to advances in health care and veterinary practice.

                      Curriculum Statement

·         The University of Minnesota curriculum is based on progression from normal to abnormal and from the cellular level to the whole animal. The curriculum includes purposeful integration of topics across courses within and between semesters and early introduction to hands-on opportunities with animals in clinical skills courses.

·         Tracking begins in the third year and includes opportunities in small animals, horses, food animals, research, and a mixed track. Clinical training is 13 months in length, with access to over 60 choices of clinical rotations at our Veterinary Medical Center, Equine Center, Dairy Education Center, West  Metro Equine service, and the Golden Valley Humane Society, as well as extensive externship opportunities. o Clinical skills courses begins the first semester of the first year and continue through each semester of the program. Clinical rotations span the last 13 months of the program.


·         We offer one of the largest teaching hospitals in the country with over 40,000 cases treated per year. Our unique geographic location in an urban setting, yet close to rural agricultural farmland, provides a well-balanced caseload among multiple species.

·         Students benefit from flexible track options, starting in their third year.


What is the campus like? We are located on the St. Paul campus of the University of Minnesota Twin Cities. It’s a small, scenic campus situated in a friendly suburban setting. It takes about 15 minutes to walk across campus, though the majority of our buildings are connected or just a short walk outside.

Will you waive prerequisite courses? No, we are unable to waive prerequisite courses. o Will you consider online / community college courses towards prerequisite course requirements? Yes, many of our applicants take courses online or through community colleges.

Do you have an application processing fee? Yes, we have a separate $85 application processing fee, payable online with credit card.

How are “Gap Years” considered? Gap years are viewed neutrally; applicants should feel empowered to take one if needed and supported if they choose not to.

Will you accept prerequisite course substitutions? We will only accept substitutions for like courses. For example, we may accept biology II in place of zoology. Applicants should contact the admissions office in advance for guidance.

Do I need to submit a transcript if I attended the UMN for undergraduate education? Yes, all transcripts need to be submitted through VMCAS.

Do you consider an overall GPA? No, we consider a prerequisite course GPA and a last 45-semester credit GPA.

Are video conference interviews permitted? For extenuating circumstances, such as travel complications due to weather, medical conditions, applicants abroad to study, etc.

Is the analytical writing section of the GRE considered? No. General writing skill is considered throughout the written application instead.