The Ohio State University

Office of Student Affairs
College of Veterinary Medicine
Suite 127 Veterinary Medicine Academic Building
1900 Coffey Road
The Ohio State University
Columbus OH 43210-1089
Telephone: (614) 247-1512
Fax: (614) 292-6989


The Ohio State University is located in Columbus, the state’s capital and the nation’s 15th largest city. Columbus has been rated the 7th best city in the nation for cost of living (Forbes Magazine) and one of the country’s top-10 places to live (Money). Columbus offers all the cultural perks you would expect from a major metropolitan area including the #1 zoo in the country, according to the USA Travel Guide.

The Ohio State University was founded in 1870 and is one of the nation’s leading academic centers, consistently ranks as Ohio’s best, and one of the nation’s top- 20 public universities. The campus consists of thousands of acres, hundreds of buildings, more than 15,000 faculty and staff, and more than 56,000 students.

The Veterinary Medical Center includes a Hospital for Companion Animals, Food Animal, and the Galbreath Equine Center. The patient load is one of the highest in the country and farmlands can be accessed 10 miles from campus. The Veterinary Medicine Academic Building has nearly 10,000 square feet of space and includes research labs, classrooms, a library, computer lab, and academic offices.

The Ohio State College of Veterinary Medicine is part of one of the largest and most comprehensive health sciences centers in the country that includes dentistry, medicine, nursing, optometry, pharmacy, public health, and veterinary medicine.


For specific application information (availability, deadlines, fees, and VMCAS participation), please refer to the contact information listed above.

Residency implications: applicants from all states will be considered. In-state and out-of-state applicants are given equal consideration. We accept the top 162 students. We do accept international applicants.


VMCAS application deadline: Monday, September 17, 2018 at 11:59pm at Eastern Time

Date interviews are held: January

Date acceptances mailed: February-March

School begins: late August

Deposit (to hold place in class): $25.00 for residents; $325.00 (non-refundable fee) for non-resident applicants

Deferments: not considered


Cumulative GPA, last 30 credit or semester hours and science GPA

Veterinary and animal experience (depth & diversity of experience)

Community/volunteer service, work and leadership experience

Letter of recommendation (Three are required at least one must be a veterinarian)

In-person interview

Personal statement


Eligible applicants are interviewed and evaluated by members of the Admissions Committee.


Required undergraduate GPA: the minimum GPA to be considered is 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. The most recent entering class had a mean overall GPA of 3.68 and a science GPA of 3.54. Science GPA is evaluated as well as last 30 semester or quarter hours.

AP credit policy: AP credit given if course is listed on official transcript.

Is a Bachelor’s Degree Required? no

Is this an International School? no


All the prerequisite courses must be completed by the end of the summer term preceding the autumn term when you would start vet school. You do not have to have all the prerequisites completed before applying.


Course Description Semester Hours (hours may vary) Notes
Biochemistry* 4 If Biochemistry is taught as a 2-part sequence, both parts are required. Lab is not required.
Microbiology* 4 Lab is required.
Physiology** 5 All anatomy/physiology courses are taught as a 2-part sequence; both parts are required to fulfill this requirement. All systems must be covered. Lab is not required. Some schools may offer this as a combined Anatomy/Physiology course.
Public Speaking (Communication) 3 Basics of public speaking & critical thinking. This should be a public speaking course.
Science Electives 35 Includes, but not limited to: Biology, chemistry, anatomy, immunology, cell biology, molecular genetics, animal science, ecology, environmental science or other science courses.
Humanities/Social Science Electives 16 Includes, but not limited to: History, economics, anthropology, psychology, art, music, literature, languages, writing, and ethics.

*Capstone Courses - Biochemistry, Microbiology, Physiology, and Communication - must be completed with (1) a grade of C or better in each course, (2) a 3.0 (B) average among the courses, and (3) no more than one C between any of the four courses. If any of the capstone courses are taken as a multiple-part series, this rule will apply to each part as an individual course.

**Physiology course work must be a comprehensive, intermediate systems physiology series. Required systems include musculoskeletal, neurology, urinary/renal, endocrine, reproductive, digestive, cardiovascular, and respiratory.

Science electives can include courses that are prerequisites for the capstone courses (e.g. biology, general and organic chemistry, etc.).

The number of hours provided is a guideline. In assessing course content for equivalency, actual hours may vary for your institution. In some cases a multiple course series may be needed to fulfill prerequisite coursework. If you are unsure of whether or not a course will be accepted to fulfill a prerequisite, please contact us at

There may be additional courses that your school requires as prerequisites to the above courses. These additional courses can be used toward the elective requirements.

Advanced Placement: to receive credit for AP courses, they must be listed on official transcripts from a college or university you have attended.


Estimated Tuition Resident: $31,160

Estimated Tuition Non-Resident: $70,091 (first year)

Tuition is subject to change.

*For tuition purposes, nonresident students can apply for residency after completing their first year at the Ohio State University.


Accept 162 students.

Resident: Up to 100

Non-Resident: up to 80

VMCAS Participation: full

Accepts International Students? yes


Application Deadline: 9/17/2018