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 We want to be sure that applying to our veterinary program is as seamless and transparent as possible. Use the guidelines below and see "CSA Application Information" link below under "Necessary Applications" to ensure you complete all the necessary steps.

DVM Program Entrance Requirements

​(Includes International Applicants)

 Necessary Applications


 Important Deadlines

  • September 15
    Official transcripts received by VMCAS 
  • September 15 @ 10pm MDT 
    VMCAS Application & Fee
    CSA Application & Fee
    GRE Verbal and Quantitative
    One ETS PPI Report (to include 3 evaluations)
  • July 15 (if offer/alternate status)
    Receipt of final transcript showing completion of all prerequisites
  • July 15 Receipt of Graduate Program Release Letter, if enrolled in a graduate program at time of application

 DVM Admissions Contact


1. Veterinary Course Requirements

Complete the necessary prerequisite courses with a grade of C- or above. You can apply and be admitted under provisional admission before completing all required courses.

2. Transcripts

Applicants should send official transcripts to VMCAS before September 15, 2015. VMCAS will perform Transcript Verification on all submitted VMCAS applications. (See Application Procedures for details).

3. GRE Scores

Take the GRE General Test before September 11, 2015. The Verbal and Quantitative scores are required. Test scores earlier than August 1, 2010 will not be accepted. The self-reported/unofficial scores must be entered into the application for a successful submission of the Colorado Supplemental Application. Official scores should be received at CSU before November 30. (See Application Procedures for details).

4. VMCAS Application & Fee  (eLOR)

Fill out, and submit, an application using the Veterinary Medical College Application Service (VMCAS) before October 2.

Important Note:  CSU does not directly require VMCAS eLORs. However, the VMCAS eLORs are a VMCAS requirement!  You will be required to enter evaluator information into the VMCAS Application in order to successfully submit the VMCAS Application. Because the VMCAS eLORs are an automated process, the evaluators you list in the VMCAS Application will receive a request, from VMCAS, to complete and submit a VMCAS eLOR on your behalf. If you are applying to multiple schools, it is likely the other schools will require the VMCAS eLOR. Please know, if you are applying ONLY TO CSU - your evaluator(s) will not need to complete and submit the VMCAS eLOR and the CSU Admissions Committee will NOT review the VMCAS eLOR. CSU will use only the ETS PPI Report for review purposes.

We do require the ETS PPI Report, see below #6.

5. Colorado Supplemental Application (CSA) & Fee

The CSA must be completed before September 15.  Learn more about the CSA on the DVM Application Procedures page.

6. Letters of Recommendation (ETS PPI Report)

You will need to submit one ETS PPI Report (to contain three evaluations) before September 15, 2015 @ 10pm MDT. Note: It is critical that you submit only one ETS PPI Report (to include three evaluations). For more details, please see ETS-PPI Instructions.

Note:  VMCAS eLORs - see note above in #4.   

7. Graduate Program Release Letter

If you are made an offer/alternate status, and you are enrolled in a graduate program at the time of application, you must submit a Graduate Program Release Letter before July 15, 2016 from your major adviser or department head indicating approval of your application to the DVM Program. (See Application Procedures for details).

International Applicants

Additional steps are required for International applicants:

1. Take the TOEFL examination

The TOEFL examination is required for all international applicants from a country whose primary language is not English. The minimum TOEFL score for unconditional admission is 550 (paper-based), 80 (internet-based) or 6.5 (IELTS). Official scores must be submitted directly from the Educational Testing Service. Please have the testing center send official scores to CSU (University code=4075). Students are exempted from the TOEFL requirement if the official language of their country is English or they have recently earned a degree at an American university. For more information, please see information posted by the CSU Graduate School, Section D5.

2. International Transcripts

All international transcripts must be processed through a Transcript Evaluation Service. Applicants should use the interpreted grades in filling out the list of courses and grades on the VMCAS Application.