OSU DVM application process
- Where can I get an application?
VMCAS - http://www.aavmc.org/Students-Applicants-and-Advisors/Veterinary-Medical-College-Application-Service.aspx
OSU-CVHS Supplemental - https://www3.cvhs.okstate.edu/admissions/
- When is the deadline to submit an application?
Both VMCAS and OSU Supplemental applications must be electronically submitted on or before October 2.
- Is there a minimum GPA requirement for applications to be considered?
Eligible applicants must have a minimum prerequisite GPA of 2.8
- Do all of the requirements have to be completed before I submit my application?
No. While we prefer that applicants have the majority of all required coursework completed at the time of application, pending coursework may be completed throughout the application process. However, all required coursework must be completed prior to June 1 of the year of matriculation, if admitted. (Year of matriculation is the year you enter the DVM program.) Please remember all coursework re-taken to replace a grade less than C must be done by the fall semester of application.
- Am I required to get a letter of reference from an advisor, an employer, and a veterinarian?
We require three letters of reference, one of which must be from a veterinarian with whom you have worked and who can evaluate your potential as a veterinarian. The other categories of references are only suggestions for the remaining two letters.
- Am I required to have a Bachelor’s Degree in order to apply?
No. As long as you can complete all required pre-veterinary courses by June 1, you may apply without a Bachelor’s Degree.
- Where do I mail the letters of recommendation (ELOR)?
You do not mail the letters. Letters of recommendation must be submitted electronically through VMCAS. http://www.aavmc.org/Students-Applicants-and-Advisors/Veterinary-Medical-College-Application-Service.aspx
- On the supplemental application, it asks if I am or will be enrolled. Does that mean anywhere or just at OSU?
It means if you are enrolled at ANY college for Fall and Spring classes, not just at OSU. In order to keep your file active, we must receive a transcript from you once each semester’s grades have been posted.
- When are admissions decisions made?
Admission decisions are made the first week of March.
- When do I send transcripts?
Transcripts are due to VMCAS by September 1. If you are currently enrolled when submitting your application, you must submit an updated transcript once that semester has been completed and grades have been posted no later than February 1.
- Where should I mail my transcripts?
All transcripts should be sent to VMCAS: https://www.aavmc.org/Students-Applicants-and-Advisors/Veterinary-Medical-College-Application-Service.aspx
- Do I send a transcript from every college I have ever attended?
Yes. VMCAS must have an official transcript from every college or university you have attended.
- 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, VMCAS still requires an official transcript from every university attended.
Graduate Record Exam (GRE) Questions:
- What is the deadline for taking the GRE?
December 1 of the year of matriculation is the deadline for all GREs to be received. It typically takes GRE/ETS several weeks after the test is taken to successfully send the results so we highly encourage you to take the GRE no later than November 1 to meet this deadline.
- Can I take the VCAT or MCAT instead of the GRE?
No. We only accept the General GRE.
- Do you require the GRE Biology Subject test?
- If I do not do as well on the GRE as I would like, may I re-take the exam?
Yes. You can take the General GRE once a month as many times as you would like. The highest set of scores on a particular test date will be used when the GRE has been taken more than once.
- How long are GRE scores good for?
- What is the institution code for OSU-CVHS?
The GRE institution code for OSU-CVHS is 6558.
- Do I have to take Animal Nutrition? My school does not offer it.
Yes. You can take it through OSU Correspondence Education. http://is.okstate.edu/ Other schools offering Animal Nutrition via distance learning include Rutgers, Purdue, Kansas State, Oregon State and North Carolina State.
- What courses must be taken at a 4 year institution?
Organic Chemistry 1 & Lab
Organic Chemistry 2 & Lab
- Can I use Advanced Placement (AP) credits to fulfill prerequisite courses?
Credit earned through advanced standing is acceptable, although it is not used in the computation of the grade point average. Official credit earned from the AP exam must be reflected on your undergraduate transcripts.
- What if my total prerequisite credit hours don’t add up to 64?
Credit hours may vary by institution. Example of acceptable discrepancies: Microbiology & Lab at OSU are worth 5 credit hours combined. At another institution Microbiology includes a lab and is worth 4 credit hours. Both are acceptable.
- Who can I ask if I am not sure if a course will satisfy the requirement?
- Which courses are required for admission to the college?
- What should my college major be?
As long as you complete the prerequisite coursework, your major does not matter. The most common majors are Animal Science, Biochemistry, Biological Sciences, Physiology & Zoology.
- Does it matter how long ago I took a required course?
Yes. Courses have to be taken within eight years of the year of application.
- What courses other than the required ones can I take to prepare myself for veterinary school?
Physiology, Anatomy, Immunology, Reproduction, Histology, and Parasitology.
General Miscellaneous Questions:
We have a maximum of 82 seats available to first year students. The class is comprised of 58 Oklahoma residents 24 non-residents.
- Is it possible to find out where I placed on the alternate list?
No. This varies and is not an accurate reflection in determining chances of being admitted.
- Are my chances of getting into the OSU – Center for Veterinary Health Sciences DVM Program better if I attend OSU as an undergraduate?
No. Students may complete their pre-veterinary coursework at any accredited college or university.
- Where can I get information about veterinary master’s degree and doctoral programs?
- Is there such a thing as a legacy program at OSU CVHS?
No. The OSU Legacy program is not available for CVHS students.
- Do you interview non-resident applicants?
No. Currently we only interview resident applicants.
In-State vs Out-of-State Questions:
- How can I become an Oklahoma resident prior to acceptance?
Information regarding residency can be found here or call 405-744-6876
- Can I change my non-resident status after I have been admitted into the OSU Vet School?
No. The only way to change residency after acceptance is to marry an established Oklahoma resident after beginning the OSU DVM program.