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 Your application to the veterinary medicine program will be evaluated by many aspects, including academic performance, and extracurricular and community activities.

Understanding the DVM Entrance Evaluation Process


 DVM Application Information


The Veterinary Admissions Committee at Colorado State University strives to admit a class of students who will be able to actively contribute to the current and future needs of the veterinary profession. Although unique attributes perceived to address these needs will be considered on an individual basis, the basic evaluative criteria include the following:

Quality of Academic Program

Factors to be considered in the evaluation include the quality of the academic program, number and quality of upper level biomedical science courses, ability to carry a full schedule of courses, employment during academic terms, course and degree variety, academic trends, GRE scores (Verbal, Quantitative, and Analytical) and special circumstances.

Given the current statistics of admitted candidates, few applicants are admitted with a GPA below 3.2. Compare yourself with previously admitted DVM classes​.


 The evaluation process will involve interviews for AK, CO, NS, WICHE, or combined program candidates as part of the selection criteria for the class matriculating fall 2019. CSU will use the Multiple Mini Interview (MMI) format. The MMI interview is a scripted interaction between a candidate and an interviewer in which the interviewer has a standardized rubric for assessmnet. The format consists of six timed scenarios, which assess attributes such as communication, conflict resolution, critical thinking, empathy, ethical judgement, problem solving, responsibility, self-awareness, self-management, and teamwork. While the interview process will be a full day, the MMI interview will take approximately one hour.  Each scenario is eight minutes in duration, with two minutes to read the scenario and six minutes of interaction with the scenario interviewer. All invited applicants will be required to complete the interview to be considered for a position in the DVM Program. Admissions decisions will based on a combined rank of the application rank and the interview rank.​ 

Early Review Decisions

 Given the size of the applicant pool, applications with a cumulative GPA of 3.2 or lower will undergo an early screening process for evidence of the candidate's ability to handle a rigorous upper division biomedical sciences curriculum. Some candidates will move forward, those who do not meet expectations will be denied.

Additional Factors

Other factors considered in the review process include participation in a variety of extracurricular and community activities with evidence of achievement and leadership in these activities; experience working with animals and familiarity with the many facets of veterinary medicine; diverse experiences; written communication skills; three recommendations; presentation of a carefully prepared application; and consideration of economic, educational, and/or cultural/environmental disadvantage.

Economic factors include: a demonstrated history of low income of applicant and family unit prior to college entrance and pre-veterinary education; level of financial support provided by applicant to the family unit prior to and during pre-veterinary education; if applicant has a major financial responsibility to a household; and history of financial aid.

Educational factors include: inadequate early education because of frequent change of schools during elementary and secondary education; unusual number of hours of employment or necessitated other time commitments for supporting self or family unit during high school and pre-veterinary education; lack of exposure to academic role models and of participation in sound educational programs.

Cultural/environmental factors include: born to immigrant parents; reared in an ethnic minority culture; reared in a family with English as a second language; experienced cultural stress as a result of transition from a predominantly ethnic minority community to an academic environment; reared in an economically depressed area; reared by someone other than parents; reared in an environment lacking exposure to opportunities offered by higher education; reared in an environment of abuse such as alcohol, drugs, child abuse, and other physical abuse.

Philosophy of the Admissions Committee

The members of the Veterinary Admissions Committee (VAC) have the task of reading applicant files and making predictive judgments of potential scholastic and professional success.

In order to evaluate each candidate based on his/her total potential to contribute to the profession, the VAC has utilized, since 1999, a holistic approach to the selection of candidates. The goal is to evaluate an applicant's file in the context of the entirety of the candidate's experiences, academic history, and potential to contribute to the profession. Unique and diverse characteristics perceived to address the needs of the profession are considered on an individual basis and relative to a candidate's collective attributes.

Prior to reading applications each year, the members of the committee thoroughly discuss and debate evaluative criteria and read sample applications for discussion as a group. This is a dynamic process reflecting constant changes in the profession. While some criteria may change over time, several core components will remain constant.

View a summary of our DVM Admissions Committee philosophy​ for in-depth information about this evaluation process.

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