Student Admissions


The academic year at MSU CVM for first-year students begins in late June or early July. In order for an applicant to be considered for admission, all prerequisite courses must be completed by the end of the spring semester prior to entering the program.

In addition to meeting all academic and deadline requirements, an applicant must be in good standing at his/her current university, as well as at all colleges or universities he/she has attended. A student who has been dismissed from another college of veterinary medicine will not be considered for admission to MSU CVM.

The Application

All applicants must apply through the Veterinary Medical College Application Service (VMCAS). The VMCAS application is available online at beginning in mid-May, the year before you intend to enroll. The deadline for the submission of applications and all application materials is mid-September and will be stated on the VMCAS and MSU CVM websites. Once set, deadline information will be available by clicking HERE. Applicants must submit transcripts from each college attended to VMCAS.

Entrance Requirements

  • Academic Qualifications
  • Non-Academic Qualifications
  • Application
  • Transcripts
  • Letter of Recommendation
  • Timeline
  • The Class
  • Admission Deposit
  • Checklist

Frequently Asked Questions

GRE General Exam

            MSU-CVM does not require the GRE General Exam.


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

REMINDER: September 17, 2018: Official Transcripts are due to VMCAS (VMCAS strongly recommends completing and submitting your application by this date to ensure time for verification).

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.

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Does MSU-CVM have a supplemental application?

In 2018, additional questions specific to MSU-CVM should be answered in the “Questions” section on the MSU-CVM section of VMCAS.


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.

To make a payment:

Follow the instructions found at Supplimental Application Fee


Do I send (or have my evaluators send) LORs directly to MSU-CVM?

No. LORs should be submitted electronically to VMCAS. Do not send any LORs directly to the MSU-CVM.

Can I have more than three evaluators?

No. MSU-CVM accepts only three (3) LORs, and only from those evaluators listed on the VMCAS application.

Who should my evaluators be?

MSU-CVM requires that at least one LOR be completed by a veterinarian. The remaining LORs can be completed by veterinarians, researchers, professors, employers, or other individuals who can attest to the candidate’s qualities evaluated on the LOR form. The key is not “who” the evaluator is, but how well the evaluator knows the candidate with regard to the qualities assessed on the LOR form.


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 17 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.

When is the class chosen and notified?

The class is typically chosen in mid- to late February and is notified immediately thereafter. Notification letters are sent via email and U.S. mail.

Is there an alternate list?

Yes. The Admissions Committee of the College may create a list of alternate candidates. Lists are designated as Mississippi (resident) alternates, South Carolina (contract) alternates, West Virginia (contract), and non-resident pool alternates. Candidates pulled from these lists are invited to fill appropriate positions as Mississippi resident students, South Carolina contract students, West Virginia contract students, or Mississippi non-resident students.

How many students are selected for each freshman class?

The typical class size is 95 students. Usually 40 of that number are Mississippi residents, five (5) are South Carolina students on contract, seven (7) are West Virginia students on contract, and the remainder are non-resident students (from other states, from South Carolina or West Virginia not on contract, or from other countries).

How many applicants does MSU-CVM normally have?

Our typical applicant pool has 1,100-1,200 candidates. The Mississippi pool usually has 70-80 applicants, with the remaining applicants being non-resident and contract state applicants.

What is the average GPA of your freshman class?

Average GPAs of the first-year class are usually 3.6 and 3.5 overall and in required math/science courses, respectively.

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 and Student Affairs of 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.

An admitted applicant’s status will not change for his or her entire MSU-CVM veterinary medical educational period.

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