Application Requirements

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Application deadline

 VMCAS is open to begin working on your applications.  On May 12, 2020 you will be able to begin submitting applications to schools for the class of 2025 / program start fall 2021. The application deadline is September 15, 2020. This is a firm deadline and late applications are not considered. Please visit the AAVMC/VMCAS website for details on the next deadline. 

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Processing fee

The University of Minnesota does not utilize a supplemental application but does require an additional application processing fee of $85 due on the same date as the application deadline. Applicants not submitting the University of Minnesota application processing fee will not be considered for admission. The application fee can be paid online with a credit or debit card, once the application cycle opens, by going to

Prerequisite coursework

Applicants must complete specific prerequisite courses prior to enrollment in the DVM program. This includes courses in chemistry, biology, physics, math, English composition and liberal education. A list of prerequisite courses for admission starting fall 2020 can be found in our 2020 planning guide.

All prerequisite coursework must be taken for a letter grade, unless only offered S/N or P/F by the educational institution in which it was taken. In this circumstance, we will accept pass and satisfactory grades towards meeting our prerequisite requirements. An exception will be made for courses where pass and satisfactory grades are earned for spring semester 2020 and summer semester 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Applicants with satisfactory or pass graded coursework for spring semester 2020 and summer semester 2020 will be given the same consideration as applicants who have graded coursework for this term. 

Students may pursue their pre-veterinary studies at any accredited college or university and pursue any undergraduate major. Many community and junior colleges offer the majority of courses required with the possible exception of some of the more advanced science courses such as genetics and biochemistry. Please view our area college prerequisite guides for a list of approved prerequisites courses available by college or university.

Although a Bachelor's degree is not required for admission to the DVM program, approximately 90 percent of the students entering the program each year have completed their Bachelor's degree. The most common majors of students entering the DVM program are biology and animal science, but include a variety of majors such as engineering, business administration, history and music.

GRE general test

Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores are required of all applicants. Applicants must take the general GRE exam, and not a subject specific exam, such as biology. Exam scores should be directed to institution code 6904. A department code is unnecessary. Exam results must be recent within five years of the application deadline. Test takers are encouraged to send all exam results and the best test date, determined by the highest composite verbal and quantitative score, will be used.

Web-based and classroom-based GRE test preparation coursework is offered by the College of Continuing and Professional Studies at the University of Minnesota.

Official transcripts

Official copies of all transcripts from any college or university attended should be sent to VMCAS by September 15, 2020. The University of Minnesota will be unable to process or forward transcripts that are sent to us and not to VMCAS. More information on the transcript verification process can be found on the AAVMC website.

Letters of reference

The University of Minnesota requires three electronic Letters of Reference (eLOR) on behalf of each applicant. eLORs are submitted directly through VMCAS as part of the application. Applicants may submit up to six eLORs total. It is strongly recommended that at least one eLOR is written by a DVM. Others may come from individuals known in a professional environment, such as employers, volunteer coordinators, instructors, advisors, etc.