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Evaluation of Applicants

Evaluation of Applicants

Fall 2014 Entering Class

The evaluation of applicants for students seeking admission to the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine program for fall 2014 includes a personal interview as part of the selection criteria.  The "evaluation of applicants" is a three-stage process including 1) academic measures, 2) non-academic measures and 3) behavioral interview. Applicants not meeting a specific score on the academic measures, as set by the Admissions Committee, will not be considered further. Final admission decisions will be based on academic measures, non-academic measures, and the behavioral interview.


1. Academic Measures – Academic Record and Standardized Test Scores


A. Grade Point Average Required Courses - Based on the completed required courses for admission at the conclusion of summer term. Neither fall 2013 or spring 2014 grades will be utilized in the GPA calculations. Repeated courses are to be averaged if retaken within three years; only the new grade is used if it has been three or more years since the course was taken initially. Applicants with a GPA of 2.75 or below on required courses will not receive any points in this area.

B. Most Recent Cumulative Grade Point Average - The last 45 semester hour credits (or 60 quarter hour credits, whichever is most relevant) of graded course work, counting back from and including summer term 2013 (if enrolled that term). To calculate most recent GPA, count back 45 semester or 60 quarter credits of graded coursework, and include the entire term in which the last credit falls. Applicant's with a GPA of 2.75 or below on recent coursework will not receive any points in this area.

C. Graduate Record Exam - The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is required and must have been taken no earlier than Oct 2, 2008. Scores older than 5 years submitted will not be considered. The applicant's percentile score on each section will be utilized in calculating the number of points. No points will be awarded for percentile ranks at the 35th percentile and below.

The College of Veterinary Medicine must receive GRE result no later than Tuesday, October 2nd, 2013. 

2. Non-Academic Measures - Faculty members on the Admissions Committee will evaluate the non-academic portion of the applicant's file. The average of the evaluators' scores will become the applicant's score on the subjective portion of the evaluation. Applicants with low scores on the non-academic measures as determined by the Admissions Committee will not be invited to participate in the interview phase of the "Evaluation of Applicants".


A. Knowledge of the Veterinary Profession; Knowledge of and Interest in Animals; and Professional Goals - Experiences with veterinarians, and experiences with and responsibility for the care and management of animals, and goals in the profession.


B. Maturity and Reliability - Employment experiences and responsibilities, ability to communicate with others, experiences suggesting leadership, extracurricular activities, academic load and the amount of time devoted to employment and other activities while enrolled in college.


3. Behavioral Interview Selected applicants will be asked to visit the campus for a one-hour behavioral interview. It is anticipated that interviews will begin in late January and will continue through mid- February.


A. Interview - The behavioral interview is intended to objectively collect and evaluate information, using a series of questions that focus on the competencies required for success in the veterinary profession. A typical question in a behavioral interview would be "tell me about a time when . . ." This allows the applicant to illustrate knowledge, skills and abilities by giving specific examples from past experiences.


The growing diversity of the nation's population underscores the need to prepare future companion animal veterinarians, food animal veterinarians, public health veterinarians and veterinary researchers, educators, and scientists who are knowledgeable and sensitive to the population's needs. The College of Veterinary Medicine seeks to admit and educate a diverse student body, both in order to enrich the students' educational experience and to prepare them to meet the veterinary needs of a multicultural society and a variety of animal species. We aim to meet current and future needs of the profession as well as building on our programmatic strengths.

Student body characteristics that will enhance diversity in the school include leadership qualities, a strong work, community or public service record, special talents and interests, and a wide range of economic, social, racial/ethnic and geographic backgrounds.

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