Early Entry Program

A veterinary student poses with a horseThe Early Entry Program (EEP) is a unique program of the MSU CVM that allows high-achieving high school seniors to earn pre-approved acceptance into the CVM. Both Mississippi and out-of-state students are eligible for the program. Up to thirty positions are available each year with about 120+ applications generally received for this highly competitive program. Each Early Entry student must also be accepted into Mississippi State University. Applications to the EEP and the University are separate applications.

The Application

Applications for the Early Entry Program open in early October and typically close in January. 

The application period for 2019-2020 is now closed. The document below is for reference only. 

See Dates and Application Instructions


Application Requirements

Students applying for the Early Entry Program must have the following qualifications:

  • Accepted as an undergraduate at MSU
  • Minimum ACT composite score of 27 (SAT score of 1260 on new SAT)
  • Minimum high school grade average of 90 (3.6 on a 4.0 scale)

In addition, the Early Entry Program Admissions Committee considers animal and veterinary experience, work experience, leadership qualities and non-academic qualities (listed below), that are addressed in the applicant’s written application to the EEP, and three evaluations submitted on behalf of the applicant by references of their choosing. One evaluator must attest to the applicant's animal handling skills. A veterinarian is preferred, but not required. 

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

Acceptance into the EEP

Students who have an interest in veterinary medicine and meet application requirements during high school may apply for the Early Entry Program. If a student is accepted into this program, he or she begins undergraduate coursework at MSU after high school graduation and completes the first three to four years of prerequisite courses, while also working toward the completion of a bachelor’s degree. After the student has completed all Course Requirements for the College of Veterinary Medicine and remains in good standing, he or she can enroll in the CVM as a pre-accepted student. There is no further application to the CVM required.


Good Standing

To remain in good standing in the Early Entry Program, a student must:

  • Successfully complete a minimum of 14 credit hours per semester at MSU
  • Earn no less than a 3.35 GPA in
    • all college courses combined (cumulative GPA)
    • all prerequisite math/science courses (math/science GPA)
    • all other prerequisite courses (required courses GPA)
  • Remain in good standing with the University
  • Meet with the Early Entry Program administrator at least once each semester
  • Document completion of at least 480 hours work experience in a veterinary, clinical or scientific setting prior to entering the DVM program
  • Refrain from enrolling full-time at an institution other than Mississippi State University

Bachelor’s Degree Options

Students in the EEP may choose any major of study; however, the following programs have degree requirements that align with requirements for admission to the CVM and may offer the opportunity for students to earn both their bachelor’s and DVM degrees in a shortened period of time:

  • Animal & Dairy Science
  • Biochemistry
  • Biological Engineering
  • Biological Sciences
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Food Science Technology
  • Poultry Science
  • Wildlife Veterinary Medicine

Please note there is no specific “Pre-Veterinary Medicine” major at MSU. However, students can opt for a pre-veterinary concentration.