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. 

The minimum GPA must be maintained throughout the application process (application through matriculation). The average overall GPA for applicants who were offered a seat in the Class of 2025 was 3.6. Academic Assessments begin in mid-May for students who have submitted the application and all supporting documents, including the supplemental fee, as soon as VMCAS begins verifying applications. Applicants who meet the minimum academic requirements are sent to the MSU CVM Admissions Committee for the Non-Academic Assessment starting in late July. 

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, and community service 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 as listed below. For the 2021-2022 application cycle, invitations for Non-Resident/At-Large and South Carolina interviews will be sent out on a rolling basis starting in mid-September for interviews that will take place between October and December. Invitations for Mississippi and West Virginia interviews will be sent out in December for interviews that will take place in January.  

  • October 15, 2021 
  • November 19, 2021 
  • December 3, 2021 
  • December 17, 2021 
  • January 7, 2022 

Interviews are a required part of the admissions process. All applicants, however, are not invited to interview. For the Class of 2025, MSU CVM conducted over 450 interviews. 

Interview Format 

MSU CVM follows a traditional interview format with a 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 two 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. The committee also considers non-academic factors, such as employment outside veterinary medicine, leadership experience, awards and achievements, 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 late July. Interviews are a required part of the final process. Invitations for interviews will be sent out on a rolling basis in late summer/early fall. Offers of admission will be sent out on a rolling basis beginning in mid- December and ending in 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: ~50 
  • South Carolina Contracts: 5 
  • West Virginia Contracts: 7 
  • Non-Resident: ~50 

Class of 2023 Profile

Class of 2024 Profile

Class of 2025 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 Registrar's Office at Mississippi State University is the office that processes petitions for Mississippi residency. Applicants that wish to petition for Mississippi residency must do so prior to 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 nonrefundable 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 15th.  

Please contact the Office of Student Admissions by phone at 662-325-4401 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.