Mississippi State University

Office of Student Admissions
College of Veterinary Medicine
P.O. Box 6100
Mississippi State University
Mississippi State MS 39762
Telephone: (662) 325-9065 or 325-4161
Email: MSU-CVMAdmissions@cvm.msstate.edu
Website: www.cvm.msstate.edu


Starkville is home to 22,000 MSU students and their Bulldogs. Starkville is located in northeast central Mississippi and has a population of 24,000. Being a land-grant university, MSU is green and beautifully landscaped. The university includes 9 farms scattered throughout the state. The College of Veterinary Medicine (the Wise Center) was completed in 1982.The college includes 620 rooms on 8 acres, or 360,000square feet, under one roof.


         Class Size

·         Resident: 40

·         Non-Resident: 43

·         Contract 5 South Carolina, 7 West Virginia

         Applicant Pool (prior year)

·         Resident: 90

·         Non-Resident: 747

·         Contract: 63 SC applicants and and 25WV applicants

         International School: No

         Accepts International Applicants: Yes

         VMCAS Participant: Yes


         Date pre-reqs must be completed

         Prerequisites must be completedby the spring semesterprior to matriculation.o Pre-requisite required grade C- or better

         VMCAS application: Yes

         Supplemental application: Yes

·         Through VMCAS: Yes

·         External: No

         Transcript Requirements

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

·         International Transcripts

·         WES Report Required: Yes

         Test Requirements

·         TOEFL Test Deadline: same as VMCAS deadline

• Experiences

·         Mississippi State CVM does not require a specified number of hours of experience. The quality of the experience is more important as this allows applicants to make an informed decision on a career in veterinary medicine.

• Letters of Recommendation (eLOR)

·         Mississippi State CVM requires three letters of recommendation, with one being from a DVM. Applicants should choose references that can attest to their passion for veterinary medicine and traits that the applicant possesses that increases their potential for success.

§  Minimum number required: 3

§  Veterinarian Required: Yes

• Bachelor’s degree required: No

• Academic Statement

·         Required minimum cumulative GPA 2.8

·         Required Grades C- or better

·         Remediated and repeated courses must be completed before application is submitted.

·         Interview Required: Yes

·         Type of interview

§  Traditional interview consisting of a 3-4 person panel



          Application Open Date: Thursday, May 9, 2019

          Application Deadline Date Tuesday, September 17, 2019 at 12 Midnight Eastern Time

          Supplemental Open Date: Thursday, May 9, 2019

          Supplemental Deadline Date: Tuesday, September 17, 2019

          Transcripts Received Date: Tuesday, September 17, 2019

          eLOR Received Date: September 17, 2019

         Interviews held: Tuesday, September 17, 2019

·         Interview invitations are based on academic and nonacademic components. A traditional 3-4 person panel interview is conducted for ~30 minutes.

         Offers released: February

         Orientation held: mid June

         Deposit required: Yes

·         If YES, amount: $500 nonrefundable deposit

         Defers granted: On an individual basis

         Transfers accepted: Yes


• Academic (40%)

·         Required Math and Science courses GPA

·         Upper Level Math and Science prerequisite GPA

·         Last 45 GPA

• Non-academics (40%)

·         eLORS

·         Experiences

·         Leadership Skills

·         Personal Essays

·         Contribution to diversity

·         Non-cognitive skills

·         Readiness to matriculate

·         Employment history

·         Interview (20%)


• GPA Average: 3.7

• Number of applications: 1109

• Number interviewed:337

• Number selected: 78

·         EEP: 17

• Number Accepted into class: 95

• Number matriculated: 95


*For current year (2020 matriculation)

         Resident (in-State)

·         $26,200

         Non-Resident (out-of-state)

·         $47,400


• Combined Programs statement

DVM-PhD Program. The mission of the MSU-CVM DVM-PhD program is to prepare exceptional students for careers as veterinary scientists to meet the nation’s critical needs in animal and human health research. It is the intent of the MSU-CVM DVM-PhD program to provide the full rigor of training from the DVM and PhD degrees as if they were pursued separately. The program is designed to integrate the research and clinical training programs so that students will experience a logical progression and level of responsibility throughout the program. It is also the intent of the program to provide a system of moral and financial support for the students who have committed to it.

Please contact Dr. Mark Lawrence, Director of Feed the Future Innovation Lab on Fish (FIL), at lawrence@cvm.msstate.edu for more information.

• Other Academic Programs statement


The Early Entry Program is a unique program of the College of Veterinary Medicine (CVM) that allows high achieving high school seniors to earn pre-acceptance (early, pre-approved acceptance) into the CVM. Students who have an interest in veterinary medicine and meet application requirements during high school may apply for the Early Entry Program. If a student is accepted into this program, he/she begins undergraduate work at MSU after high school graduation and completes the first three to four years of prerequisite courses, while also working toward completion of a bachelor’s degree. After the student has completed all course requirements for the College of Veterinary Medicine and has remained in good standing, he/she matriculates into the CVM as a pre-accepted student. The student does not make further application to the CVM.

Students applying for this program must have the following qualifications:

1. ACT composite score of 27 or SAT score of 1280; and

2. High school grade average of 90 (3.6 on a 4.0 scale)

In addition, the Early Entry Program Admissions Committee considers animal and veterinary experience, work experience, leadership qualities, and nontechnical skills and aptitudes (character, community service, etc.) as described in the applicant’s written application to the Early Entry Program, and in the applicant’s Letters of Recommendation (provided in the application).

Thirty positions are available each year. We normally receive 100-120 applications. Both Mississippi and out-of-state students are eligible for the program. Applications for the Early Entry Program are available by October 1 each year and are due for return by January 5 (if January 5 falls on a weekend or holiday, the deadline will moved to the next business following the weekend or holiday). Applicants are notified of acceptance status by early February.

Applications are available online from October 1 through December 31.


The curriculum of the MSU-CVM is divided into 2 phases: Phase 1 or Pre-clinical (freshman and sophomore years) and Phase 2 or Clinical (junior and senior years). Year 1 uses foundation courses to expose the student to important medical concepts and address multidisciplinary problems. Year 2 is devoted to the study of clinical diseases and abnormalities of animal species. Surgery labs begin in the second year.

• Clinicals begin during Year 3.

Year 3 is comprised of clinical rotations in the College’s Animal Health Center, and elective courses. Year 4 includes core rotations in internal medicine and ICU, large animal ambulatory, neurology, ophthalmology, and the Jackson Emergency/Referral Clinic.

The remainder of the fourth year is largely experiential and offers the student the opportunity to select among approved experiences in advanced clinical rotations, elective courses, and/or externships. The first 3 years of the curriculum are 9-10 months in length, while the fourth year is 12 months.


Do I have to send transcripts from every college I’ve attended?

Yes. You must submit an original, official transcript from every college or university you have attended. Transcripts must be submitted directly to VMCAS.

What if the transcripts from my current school contain the grades from my previous schools?

Even if grades from one college or university are reported on a later transcript, you must submit an official transcript from every college or university attended.

If I’m at school at MSU, do I still have to send my MSU transcripts?

Yes. Official transcripts can be requested through the Office of the Registrar.

Does MSU-CVM accept Advanced Placement (AP) credit?

Yes. Course requirements met by AP credit must be listed on your transcript(s).

Where do I send my transcripts?

Transcripts should be sent to:

VMCAS – Transcripts

P.O. Box 9126

Watertown, MA 02471


When do I have to send transcripts showing my fall classes and grades?

We must have your fall transcripts no later than January 15. If your school is unable to meet this deadline, you should contact us to make special arrangements.

Does MSU-CVM require a supplemental processing fee?

MSU-CVM requires payment of a $60 fee. It may be paid by check, money order, or credit card. Please visit our website for information on paying online.

How will MSU-CVM communicate with me after I have applied?

MSU-CVM communicates almost exclusively through email. Please be sure that you are receiving email correspondence from MSU-CVM after the September 17th application date, and please alert the MSU-CVM admissions staff to any changes in your email address.

When and how are interview notifications sent?

Notifications are sent via email in late December. Interviews are typically conducted in January and February. Please note that these dates are subject to change. For the most up to date information, please contact MSU-CVM Admissions.

If I am accepted to MSU-CVM as a non-resident, can I change my residency or lower my fees after I am in school?

No. At the time of application, a candidate’s residency is determined based on information provided in the VMCAS application, as well as by any other documents requested by the Assistant Dean for Admissions, as well as by the college. Each successful applicant must enter a contract with the MSU-CVM prior to final acceptance for admission in which the applicant agrees and obligates himself/herself to pay the tuition, fees and expenses applicable to the applicant’s Mississippi resident or Mississippi non-resident status, as determined by the MSU-CVM, that exists on the date the applicant will matriculate; further, the applicant must agree and obligate himself/herself in the contract to continue to pay the tuition, fees and expenses during the applicant’s entire MSU-CVM DVM educational experience that are applicable to that same initial status determination, thereby waiving any right to petition for a change in residency status.