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Procedure for Evaluating Applicants

While the actual procedure may vary each year, applicants are evaluated academically and non academically.

Academic Evaluation:

An academic score will be assigned to each student by using cumulative grade point average (20 percent), the last three full-time semesters while working toward a undergraduate degree (summer not included) 10 percent), average undergraduate course load (6 percent), and performance on the 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 profession
  • 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
  • Leadership
  • Extracurricular activities
  • Work experience (while enrolled in school)
  • Diversity and life experience

The non academic calculation will constitute 40 percent of the total score.

Overall impression

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 2012 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 evaluation.

Personal Interviews:

Each Missouri applicant is invited for an interview with the Admissions and Scholarship Committee, provided they:

  1. Have satisfactorily completed the required courses with a verified cumulative GPA of 3.00/4.00 or greater,
  2. Had at least 3 letters of evaluation submitted with at least one being from a veterinarian,
  3. Scored at least 285 on the GRE and a 1.5 on the analytical section.

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 Process

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:

Residency Services
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 to:

Kathy Seay
Admissions Manager
W-203 Veterinary Medicine Building
University of Missouri-Columbia
Columbia, MO 65211
Phone: (573) 884-3341
FAX: (573) 884-5044

College of Veterinary Medicine
W-203 Veterinary Medicine Building
Columbia, MO 65211
Phone: (573) 882-3554
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Last Update: May 23, 2017