Frequently Asked Questions
Wait List Information
Q: Does Minnesota have a supplemental application?
A: No. We use a behavioral interview in place of a supplemental application.
Q: Does Minnesota have an application processing fee?
A: Yes. An $85 application processing fee is due to the college by October 2, 2013. You can pay this fee online with a credit or debit card beginning this summer.
Q: Can I submit my application processing fee before October 2, 2013?
A: Yes! You may pay your fee online anytime before October 2, 2013 beginning this summer.
Q: Can I write a check for my application fee?
A: No, we are only accepting application fees paid online with a debit or credit card.
Q: Where do I mail my transcripts?
A: Transcripts can be mailed to the following address:
VMCAS - Transcripts
P.O. Box 9126
Watertown, MA 02471
Q: Can I send my transcripts to the University of Minnesota?
A: No, we are unable to process and verify transcripts. All transcripts (including foreign transcripts) will need to be sent directly to VMCAS. Transcripts sent to us in the past or future for the next admission cycle will not be forwarded to VMCAS.
Q: Does VMCAS need a transcript from every college I’ve ever attended?
A: Yes, including transcripts from any college courses taken while in high school.
Q: Can I collect my official transcripts and mail them to the college together, or should I have them sent directly from my school to VMCAS?
A: Either way is fine. If you choose to collect the transcripts yourself, they must be officially sealed and unopened.
Q: If I attend the U of M, do I still need to send a U of M transcript?
A: Yes, you need to send an official transcript to VMCAS.
Q: My name on my VMCAS application is different than my name on my transcripts. Does this matter?
A: Yes! Please contact VMCAS if you have transcripts under a different last name than the one noted on your VMCAS application.
Q: Do you need transcripts from colleges attended abroad?
A: Yes! Send all transcripts from each school you've attended, even if the grades were transferred back and are noted on a transcript from a U.S. college.
Q: What is the due date for transcripts?
A: VMCAS is strongly recommending applicants complete the application process and submit all required materials to VMCAS no later than September 1, 2013. This will allow sufficient time to complete the transcript verification process. We understand the VMCAS verification process will take some time. Therefore, transcripts need to be received by VMCAS by the application deadline, but they do not need to be verified by the deadline. Please contact us by phone at 612-624-4747 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, if you have any questions regarding transcripts and transcript verification.
Q: How do I know if my transcripts have been received?
A: VMCAS will notify you if they are missing any required transcripts.
Q: Who can I contact for more information about this VMCAS and the transcript verification process?
A: You can contact VMCAS at the Student and Adviser hotline (617) 612-2885 or email@example.com.
Q: What is your school GRE code?
A: The institution code is 6904. No departmental code is needed.
Q: When do you need to receive my GRE scores?
A: GRE scores must be received by the college no later than October 2, 2013.
Q: Do you accept scores from both old and the revised GRE?
A: Yes, as long as score are not older than 5 years we will accept both the old and revised version of the GRE,
Q: Do you accept the old version of the GRE or the new version, or both?
A: We accept both versions of the exam as long as scores are within 5 years of application deadline.
Q: Can I send send my personal copy of my GRE score report?
A: No. All score reports must come directly from GRE. Please visit the GRE/ETS web site to request a copy be sent to code 6904.
Q: How do I know if my GRE scores have been received?
A: We will contact you if we are in need of any missing GRE scores. Unfortunately, we are unable to verify the receipt of application materials prior to this due to the large number of applicants.
Letters of Recommendation
Q: How many electronic Letters of Recommendation (eLOR) do you require?
A: We require a minimum of three eLORs. If more than three eLORs are submitted, the committee will review up to six. We strongly recommend that at least one letter come from a veterinarian.
Advance Placement and Foreign Credit
Q: Will you accept credits taken abroad at foreign institutions?
A: We will accept credits taken abroad if they have been transferred back to a U.S. college and have been noted on a U.S. college transcript with a grade. If courses taken abroad have not been noted on a U.S. college transcript, the courses must be evaluated by an education service (such as World Education Service) for the course to be acceptable.
Q: Will you honor Advance Placement credit taken in high school?
A: Yes. We will honor Advance Placement credit as long as it’s clearly documented on an undergraduate transcript. If your undergraduate institution does not indicate this information on their transcripts, we will need to see official documentation from the college indicating they accepted credit towards specific classes. A letter from the college Registrar or an online degree planning printout will work.
Q: Can I have courses in progress and still apply?
A: Yes. You can have courses in progress fall term 2013 and spring term 2014. If you are offered admission and have spring term courses to complete, your offer will be considered provisional until a final transcript with your passing grade(s) has been received by our office. Please note that we will not accept courses taken in summer term 2014. Please also note you cannot have more than 5 required science courses planned or in-progress at the time of application.
Q: Is there an expiration date on coursework?
A: Yes, required science and math courses need to be taken within ten years of application. For this current admission cycle (fall 2014), required science and math courses taken prior to Fall 2003 will not be considered for admission. There is no expiration on courses used in meeting the English or liberal education requirements.
Q: How do I know if my GRE scores have been received?
A: We will contact you if we are in need of GRE scores. Unfortunately, we are unable to verify the receipt of application materials prior to this due date to the large number applicants.
Q: When will I hear from you after I apply?
A: It takes VMCAS about two weeks to process all of the applications and to send each participating college a file for each applicant. After we have received all of our applicant files from VMCAS, we will send an e-mail to all applicants confirming the receipt of their file. This is usually about two weeks after the deadline October deadline.
Q: Can my family or friends check on the status of my application, transcripts, GRE scores, etc.?
A: No. Your application is confidential! We cannot release any information to anyone other than the applicant due to privacy laws.
Q: When are interviews?
A: Applicants who receive interviews will be notified in January. Interviews will take place in late January and early February.
Q: If I am offered admission to program, am I able to defer admission?
A: Requests to defer admission are granted by the Admission Committee on a case-by-case basis and only under extenuating circumstances. The deadline to request a deferral is July 15.
Q: Who do I contact if I have further questions?
A: Please send us an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at 612-624-4747.
Wait List Applicants
Q: Do all interviewing applicants receive a wait list offer?
A: No, only select applicants receive wait list offers.
Q: What is the likelihood I will receive an offer of admission?
A: Movement on the wait list varies from year to year. Some years we make many offers to applicants on the wait list; other years we make very few offers.
Q: Are there separate wait lists for resident and non-resident applicants?
A: Yes. Resident wait list applicants will be contacted if a resident seat becomes available. Non-resident wait list applicants will be contacted if a non-resident seat becomes available.
Q: How often will I receive a wait list ranking update?
A: The first wait list ranking update will be emailed around April 25, 2013. Subsequent updates will be sent periodically throughout the summer until the start of the fall semester, September 2, 2013. Wait list applicants are always welcome to check their wait list ranking by emailing email@example.com after the first update has occurred.
Q: If I am on the wait list and I am offered admission, may I defer for one year?
A: Wait list students must officially accept their offer of admission at which time they can request to defer by the deferral deadline of July 15, 2013. Applicants offered admission after the July 15, 2013 deferral deadline must accept or decline their offer as the deferral deadline has passed.
Q: Does my wait list status roll over to next year’s application cycle if I am not offered admission? Do I need to reapply?
A: The wait list expires on September 3, 2013. Wait list applicants not offered admission by that time will need to reapply again the following cycle. The wait list does not roll over to the next cycle.
Q: If I am on the wait list this year and am not offered admission, will my application be viewed negatively the following cycle?
A: No. All applicants receive a fresh start each application cycle and are not penalized for a previous, unsuccessful application.
Q: Should I complete my FAFSA if I am on the wait list?
A: Yes. You can cancel your FAFSA if you are not accepted to a D.V.M. program.