Procedure for Evaluating Applicants
While the actual procedure may vary each
year, applicants are evaluated academically and non academically.
An academic score will be assigned to each
student by using cumulative grade point average (20 percent), the
last three full-time undergraduate semesters while working
toward a bachelors degree (summer not included) 10 percent), average
undergraduate course load (6 percent), and performance on the MCAT
or GRE general examination (4 percent). Cumulative GPA must be at
least 3.00/4.00. Grades for repeated courses are averaged
for calculation of GPA.
Non Academic Evaluation:
Each applicant will be scored by the Admissions
Committee based upon non academic factors. The committee will
evaluate the following:
- Motivation and concepts of the veterinary
- Animal/medical/biomedical research/public
health experience (a higher value will be assigned to observation
or experience with a veterinarian than with a non-veterinarian)
- Communication skills
- Extracurricular activities
- Work experience (while enrolled in
- Diversity and life experience
The non academic calculation will constitute 40 percent of the total score.
Each applicant will receive a score for
overall impression that is assigned by admissions committee
members and will take into account the academic and non academic
characteristics of the applicant. The score for overall impression
will constitute 20% of the total score.
Six Year Academic Elimination Option:
Applicants may elect to have all
courses taken and grades received prior to and including Spring
semester 2008 ignored in the academic evaluation. If the applicant
elects to eliminate courses and grades six or more years old,
the required 60 semester hours of academic credit and all
required courses (10 semester credit hours of physical science,
etc.), including at least three semesters as a full-time undergraduate
student, must have been taken within the last six years prior
to application. Repeating courses previously taken is not
required or recommended. New courses that will fulfill course
category requirements are preferred. If the applicant elects
to eliminate courses and grades more than six years old, another
evaluation using all courses and grades will not be done during
the same year of application as part of the same application
Each Missouri applicant is invited for
an interview with the Admissions and Scholarship Committee,
- Have satisfactorily
completed the required courses with a verified cumulative
GPA of 3.00/4.00 or greater,
- Had at least 3 letters of evaluation
submitted with at least one being from a veterinarian,
- Scored at least 285 on the GRE and a
1.5 on the analytical section or a 15 on the MCAT.
A few applicants whose academic score and nonacademic
score based on the written application and reference letters
are exceptionally high may be accepted without an interview.
Based on a preliminary review of their
application 205-250 non resident applicants will be invited
to interview for non resident positions.
Admission requirements are the same for
non residents as for residents.
The Committee usually interviews non resident
applicants in early January and Missouri applicants from February
through late March. Applicants are notified of their interview
appointment during this time period.
The interview is required and intended
to clarify and supplement the written application.
Selection is based on meeting the academic
eligibility requirements and attaining a satisfactory score
from the interview. Eligibility is not limited to Missouri
residents; however, the number of non resident students who
can be accepted may be limited. U.S. citizenship or permanent resident visa required.
Residency status is determined by the MU Residency Office,
not by the College of Veterinary Medicine. Questions concerning
residency status should be directed to:
University of Missouri
230 Jesse Hall
Columbia, MO 65211
Phone: (573) 882-3852
An agreement exists with Arkansas that may reduce tuition for residents of that state.
The number of non resident positions is
variable based on annual applicant pools. Consideration is only given to U.S. citizens or lawful permanent residents of the U.S.
Notification of Selection:
Notification of acceptance or non acceptance
are mailed by April 15. All necessary information to prepare
for entering the College of Veterinary Medicine is mailed
to accepted students either at the time of notification of
acceptance or before the beginning of the fall session.
Each accepted applicant is required:
(1) to sign a statement agreeing
to accept a position in the class and
(2) to send a check for $100 ($500 for non residents) which
is applied toward first semester fees.
Questions regarding admissions can be sent
W-203 Veterinary Medicine Building
University of Missouri-Columbia
Columbia, MO 65211
Phone: (573) 884-3341
FAX: (573) 884-5044