Selection of the Class

Academic Assessment - 30%

The first stage in MSU CVM Admission's selection of the class is an academic assessment which is based on both the applicant’s prerequisite GPA (70%) and the overall GPA (30%).  

GPA Requirements

A minimum overall GPA of 3.00 is required. For purposes of calculating GPA, MSU CVM does not use the plus/minus grading system. Each GPA is calculated using the traditional 4.0 scale with grades of “A” earning a student four quality points per credit hour. The overall GPA consists of all college/university courses taken at any accredited institution including graduate coursework. The prerequisite GPA consists of college/university courses that meet MSU CVM’s required prerequisite courses.  If a course is repeated, the lower grade will be removed from the GPA and the highest grade will be used to compute both the overall and prerequisite GPAs.  

The minimum GPA must be maintained throughout the application process (application through matriculation). All prerequisite courses must be completed with a C- or better by the end of the spring semester prior to matriculation. 

Academic assessments will take place once the application has been verified by VMCAS, all supporting documents have been received, and the supplemental application processing fee has been paid. Applicants who meet the minimum academic requirements are sent to the MSU CVM Admissions Committee for the non-academic assessment starting in August.  

Non-Academic Assessment - 30%

The ideal candidate has a balance of these non-academic qualifications:  

  • Understanding of veterinary profession
  • Integrity  
  • Communication skills  
  • Empathy  
  • Orientation towards service  
  • Uniqueness  
  • Motivation/self-determination  
  • Strong work ethic  
  • Interpersonal skills  
  • Problem-solving skills  
  • Leadership abilities  

These qualifications are assessed through the applicant’s personal statement, personal responses to essay prompts, evaluations and letters from recommenders, and listed experiences. A thorough listing of animal and veterinary experiences, research experience, other employment, extracurricular activities, community service, and awards/achievements should be explained in detail within the experience section of the VMCAS application. Please see “Application & Requirements" for more information.  

Interview - 30% 

Interview Selection 

Based on the combined score from the Academic Assessment and the Non-Academic Assessment, the top students in each of the four pools (Mississippi Resident, South Carolina Resident, West Virginia Resident and Non-Resident/At-Large) will be invited for an interview. Interviews will take place on pre-assigned dates and all interview invitations will be sent by mid-January of each year with interviews being held in early to mid-February. 

Interviews are a required part of the admissions process. All applicants, however, are not invited to an interview. For the Class of 2027, MSU CVM conducted over 400 interviews.  

Interview Format 

MSU CVM follows a traditional interview format with a 2 to 3 person panel. Each panel typically includes one Admissions Committee member, one MSU CVM faculty member and one practitioner. Each interview lasts approximately 30 minutes. The Admissions Committee member has access to the applicant’s file, but the other panel members are provided with basic demographic information only, such as the applicant’s name, home state and primary college.  

Committee - 10%

The MSU CVM Admissions Committee reviews applicant files through the completion of the interview process to ensure a holistic review. In each admissions component, the committee takes various factors into consideration. The committee considers academic factors, such as course load rigor, number of withdrawals and/or repeated courses, graduate-level or honors courses taken, etc. If the interview process uncovers information that was not seen within the application, the committee may address these components through this secondary approach. 

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The MSU CVM Admissions Committee reviews completed applications of qualified applicants beginning in August. Interviews are a required part of the final process. Offers of admission will be sent out by late February.   

Admissions Timeline

Composition of the Class

MSU CVM has a class size of 112 students that are distributed among four pools: Mississippi Residents, Non-Residents, South Carolina contract residents and West Virginia contract residents.   

The available seats are:  

  • Mississippi Residents: ~47-50 
  • South Carolina Contracts: 10
  • West Virginia Contracts: 7 
  • Non-Resident: ~47-50 

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Class of 2026 Profile


Prior to the final acceptance for admission, each successful applicant must enter a contract with the MSU CVM in which the applicant agrees and obligates himself/herself to pay the tuition, fees, and expenses applicable to the applicant's resident or non-resident status that exists at the time the applicant submits their VMCAS application. In addition, 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 education experience that are applicable to that same initial status determination, thereby waiving any right to petition for a change in residency status for the purpose of calculating tuition.  

Please be aware that the Office of the Registrar at Mississippi State University processes petitions for Mississippi residency.  Applicants that wish to be considered a Mississippi resident must be certified prior to the submission of their VMCAS application. 

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


MSU CVM has contracts with South Carolina and West Virginia. To be considered for one of these positions, applicants must contact their state agency and be certified as a resident of that state. 

  • South Carolina applicants should complete the form here
  • West Virginia applicants should complete the form here.
    • This program is processed through West Virginia University but is open to WV residents attending any institution.

Admission Deposit

Upon accepting a position in the class, a non-refundable deposit of $500 is required to hold the position and will be credited toward tuition and fees at enrollment. 


If admitted, deferment requests are considered on an individual basis and must be requested prior to May 1st.  Requests should contain information regarding why the applicant cannot begin the program during the current cycle, any documentation to support said reason, and further information stating what will occur during the deferment year to improve the circumstances.  

Please contact the Office of Admissions and Student Affairs by phone at 662-325-1418 or email at  

The following information is subject to change at the discretion of the CVM Admissions Committee: Entrance Requirements, Selection of the Class, and Timeline.