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Applicant Evaluation Update

The University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine will be implementing a series of changes to how applicants are evaluated. These changes will begin with applicants applying in fall 2012 for admission starting fall semester 2013. It is important that each applicant understands each change and prepares accordingly. Please contact us by email at or by telephone at (612)624-4747, if you have any questions about these changes and how they might impact your application and eligibility.

  • All prerequisite courses must be graded at a C- or better. Any prerequisites taken during spring term prior to enrollment must be completed with a grade of C or better.
  • All math and science courses must be recent within ten years of the application deadline.
  • Two English/writing courses will be considered in the prerequisite course assessment, totaling six to eight credits.
  • Liberal Education courses will continue to be divided into two categories: social science/history and arts/humanities. A maximum of four courses, two per category, will be considered for a credit range of six to eight credits per category, twelve to sixteen credits collectively.
  • Applicants can continue to have courses in progress during the fall and spring semester of the application cycle, however, no more than five science prerequisite courses may be pending completion during the fall and spring semesters of the application cycle. Laboratory courses are exempt and do not factor into the count of five.
  • Applicants may now take coursework at Canadian institutions. Applicants from Canadian institutions will need to have their transcripts evaluated through an educational service. Providers of this service include, but are not limited to, Education Credential Evaluators and World Education Service
  • Reciprocity with Manitoba, Canada, has been discontinued.
  • Academic evaluation will continue to include an assessment of each applicant’s:
    • Prerequisite course GPA
    • Last 45-semester credit GPA
    • GRE scores
    Each academic indicator will now be weighted equally; historically the prerequisite GPA was weighted slightly less than the last 45-semester credit GPA and GRE scores.

More details regarding how applicants are evaluated can be found in our planning guide.

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