Admissions FAQs


How and when do I apply?

All applicants must apply through the Veterinary Medical College Application Service (VMCAS). The VMCAS application is available online at VMCAS beginning late-January, the year before you intend to enroll. The deadline for submission of application and all application materials is mid-September and will be stated on the VMCAS website.  

Do I have to send transcripts from every college I’ve attended?

Yes. You must submit an original, official transcript from every college or university you have attended. Transcripts must be submitted directly to VMCAS. Visit “Sending Official Transcripts to VMCAS” for more information.    


What if the transcripts from my current school contain the grades from my previous schools?

Even if grades from one college or university are reported on a later transcript, you must submit an official transcript from every college or university attended.

If I’m at school at MSU, do I still have to send my MSU transcripts?

Yes. Official transcripts can be requested through the Office of the Registrar at “Requesting a Transcript”.   

When do I have to send transcripts showing my fall classes and grades?

Current applicants should initially submit all transcript(s) to VMCAS. Final official transcripts will be requested if you are invited to be part of an entering class. 

Does MSU CVM accept Advanced Placement (AP) credit?

Yes. AP credits must either appear on your official college transcripts and be equivalent to the appropriate college-level coursework or your institution's Registrar's Office must provide us with an AP Certification listing the AP credit and the equivalent college-level course it fulfilled. If AP credits are not listed on your official transcript, contact your institution's Registrar's Office to have an AP Certification sent to 

Does MSU CVM have a supplemental application?

Yes. Additional questions specific to MSU CVM should be answered in the “Questions” section on the MSU CVM section of VMCAS. You will only see the supplemental application if you have selected to apply to our program. 

Does MSU CVM require a supplemental processing fee?

Yes. MSU CVM requires a $60 processing fee. It must be paid by credit card. Instructions for payment may be found at

Do I send (or have my evaluators send) Letters of Recommendation directly to MSU CVM?

No. Letters of recommendation (LORs) should be submitted electronically to VMCAS. Do not send any LORs directly to the MSU CVM.

Can I have more than three evaluators?

No. MSU CVM accepts only three LORs, and only from those evaluators listed on the VMCAS application.

Who should my evaluators be?

MSU CVM requires that at least one LOR be completed by a veterinarian. The remaining two LORs can be completed by veterinarians, researchers, professors, employers, or other individuals who can attest to the candidate’s qualities evaluated on the LOR form. The key is not “who” the evaluator is, but how well the evaluator knows the candidate with regard to the qualities assessed on the LOR form.

Does MSU CVM require the GRE General Exam?

No, MSU CVM does not require the GRE General Exam.

When and how are interview notifications sent?

For the 2020-2021 application cycle, notifications will be sent on a rolling basis via email beginning in September. All notifications will be sent out by late December. 

When is the class chosen and notified?

The class is typically chosen in mid-February and is notified immediately thereafter. Notification letters are sent via email and U.S. mail.

Is there an alternate list?

Yes. The MSU CVM Admissions Committee creates a list of alternate candidates. Lists are designated as Mississippi (resident) alternates, South Carolina (contract) alternates, West Virginia (contract), and non-resident pool alternates. Candidates pulled from these lists are invited to fill appropriate positions as Mississippi resident students, South Carolina contract students, West Virginia contract students, or Mississippi non-resident students if a position becomes available.

How many students are selected for each first-year class?

The typical class size is 95 students. Usually 40 of that number are Mississippi residents, five are South Carolina students on contract, seven are West Virginia students on contract, and the remainder are non-resident students (from other states, from South Carolina or West Virginia not on contract, or from other countries).

How many applicants does MSU CVM normally have?

Our typical applicant pool has about 1,200 candidates. The Mississippi pool usually has 85-100 applicants, with the remaining applicants being non-resident and contract state applicants.

What is the average GPA of the first-year class?

Average GPA for the Class of 2024 was a 3.8. The GPA range was 3.41-4.0.

If I am accepted to MSU CVM as a non-resident, can I change my residency or lower my fees after I am in school?

No. At the time of application, a candidate’s residency is determined based on information provided in the VMCAS application, as well as by any other documents requested by the Director of Admissions and Student Affairs of the College. Each successful applicant must enter a contract with the MSU CVM prior to final acceptance for admission in which the applicant agrees and obligates himself/herself to pay the tuition, fees and expenses applicable to the applicant’s Mississippi resident or non-Mississippi resident status, as determined by the MSU CVM, that exists on the date the applicant will matriculate. Furthermore, the applicant must agree and obligate himself/herself in the contract to continue to pay the tuition, fees and expenses during the applicant’s entire MSU CVM DVM educational experience that are applicable to that same initial status determination, thereby waiving any right to petition for a change in residency status.

An admitted applicant’s status will not change for his or her entire MSU CVM veterinary medical educational period.

How will MSU-CVM communicate with me after I have applied?

MSU CVM communicates almost exclusively through email. Please be sure that you are receiving email correspondence from MSU CVM before and after you have submitted your application. If you are not receiving emails from MSU CVM Admissions, please email us