Frequently Asked Questions

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Application Procedures

Application Procedures

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 the VMCAS application 
deadline. You can pay this fee online with a credit or debit card beginning this summer.

Q: Can I submit my application processing fee before the VMCAS application deadline?
A: Yes! You may pay your fee online anytime after the application is launched in mid-May, but prior to the VMCAS application deadline.

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: 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: 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

GRE Scores

GRE Scores

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 the VMCAS application deadline.

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 ETS/GRE. Please visit the ETS/GRE 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

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

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.

Other Questions

Other Questions

Q: Can I have courses in progress and still apply?
A: Yes. You can have courses in progress fall term 2019 and spring term 2020 for admission in fall of 2020. 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 2020. Please also note you cannot have more than 5 required science and math courses planned or in-progress at the time of application (a class and coordinating lab are counted together and considered one class of the five).

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 application cycle (admission fall 2020), required science and math courses taken prior to fall 2009 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. If you are a repeat applicant, you may request that we reuse your score from the previous cycle by emailing us at

Q: When will I hear from you after I apply?
A: You should receive a confirmation email from us within a week of the application deadline. We communicate with applicants on a case-by-case basis after, until application status update communications are sent in early January.

Q: Can my family or friends check on the status of my application, transcripts, GRE scores, etc.? Can they ask for feedback on my application on my behalf?
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 or call us at 612-624-4747.

Wait List Applicants

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 in late April. Subsequent updates will be sent periodically throughout the summer until the start of the fall semester. Wait list applicants are always welcome to check their wait list ranking by emailing 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. Applicants offered admission after the July 15 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 the first day of classes in the new academic year. 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.