Admission to the DVM Program
Admission to the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine program at NC State Veterinary Medicine is competitive. To maximize your chances of acceptance, we recommend you carefully read through the current eligibility criteria and follow the steps in the application process.
Most often, successful candidates:
- ensure they meet, and exceed, the current eligibility criteria and admissions requirements
- visited the college;
- attended an information session;
- follow the application process carefully;
- verify all application materials are submitted correctly and on time
Whether you’re a student, advisor, pre-applicant, or just someone interested in the profession of veterinary medicine, The Pre-Vet Advisor, created by the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC), offers helpful information. Previous newsletter issues provide useful data, information and profiles.
The University complies with all Federal and State statutes regarding nondiscrimination. While applications for nonresidents are accepted, distinct admission priority is given to residents of North Carolina. To determine if you qualify, or what it takes to qualify, as a resident of North Carolina read the information here.
All prospective clinical students from St. George’s, St. Matthew’s or Ross, please read this information.
See for Yourself
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Upcoming Information Sessions All Information Sessions
Information sessions inform prospective applicants of the criteria for admission to the College of Veterinary Medicine. They also present tips on how to present a strong application for admissions consideration.
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Pre-veterinary students can pursue any undergraduate major they choose, and the required pre-professional courses can be obtained through the curricula of a number of fields of study. An undergraduate degree, however, is not required for admission. “Pre-vet” is not a major; it is a track that can be chosen within a major. Popular majors for pre-professional students include animal science, poultry science, zoology, biology, biochemistry, and microbiology. Applicants must only complete prerequisite courses to fulfill academic admission requirements.
What do you need to be eligible for acceptance?
If you have any questions, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at (919) 513-6262.
NOTE: the criteria for admission to the College of Veterinary Medicine are determined and reviewed periodically by the Dean and the Faculty Committee on Admissions. The Admissions Committee is comprised of faculty from the College of Veterinary Medicine with representatives from the North Carolina Veterinary Medical Association, the North Carolina State University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, and the University of North Carolina system. Changes in the admissions process may be made without announcement as a result of continual review by the Faculty Committee on Admissions.
NC State University Veterinary Medicine requires applicants to submit the following:
- the Veterinary Medical College Application Service (VMCAS) application;
- the NC State Supplemental Application; Application window is July 20, 2016 to September 16, 2016.
- official transcripts of completed coursework;
- Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores
- INTERNATIONAL APPLICANTS ONLY – English proficiency test.
Both the VMCAS application and the NC State Supplemental Application are processed by VMCAS.
The application window opens in May of each year and closes in September. Applications are reviewed in the fall and decisions are made in winter. Admitted applicants have until April 15th of each year to accept an offer of admission.
Applicants are strongly encouraged to review VMCAS and NC State CVM admissions requirements before submitting an application.
Deadlines to submit applications:
- VMCAS Application – September 15 at 11:59pm ET of the admissions cycle year. Early submission of your application and credentials allows you to verify that your materials have been received before the deadline. We recommend submitting your application by September 1. If you have questions, contact VMCAS via one of the following: phone: 617-612-2884; fax: 617-612-2051; email: email@example.com
- NC State Supplemental Application – September 16, 2016 of the admissions cycle year. Make sure to save and submit before 1:00pm ET. The application opens online on July 20, 2016. It is the applicant’s responsibility to access the supplemental application and submit it online by the deadline. It is also the applicant’s responsibility to pay the non-refundable $60.00 supplemental application fee when the supplemental application is complete and prior to the deadline. Instructions regarding the online fee payment are included with the supplemental application.
Email is a primary form of notification. Please maintain a valid email address that will accept email from our account – Hotmail and MSN accounts often reject mail from NC State University. It is your responsibility to monitor your e-mail account. Failure to receive e-mail that has been properly sent by the Student Services Office will not be considered as an excuse for missing deadlines. Additionally, we recommended that you use e-mail addresses that include a first name (or initial) and a last name. Please refrain from using unique handles that are often identified as spam (i.e., firstname.lastname@example.org)
We suggest using Internet Explorer or Mozilla Firefox as your internet browser. Applicants have experienced problems with other browsers.
NOTE: All application materials become property of the NC State CVM Student Services Office upon submission. Applicants will not be provided access to materials at any point during or after the admissions cycle. If an applicant is admitted and matriculates to the NC State CVM, then relevant FERPA regulations apply.
All applicants must submit transcripts of completed coursework. In addition to processing applications, VMCAS also verifies transcripts. In order to allow enough time for the transcript verification process, we suggest you submit your transcripts by August 15 (this is the requested due date; not the postmark date). For details on what courses are required read our eligibility criteria.
If you are completing coursework in the fall semester you are required to submit fall 2017 official transcripts to NC State (not VMCAS) at the completion of the semester but no later than January 13, 2017. Due to the volume of applications received, exceptions to this deadline will not be considered. Applicants, who are offered admission, and are completing courses in the spring semester of the application cycle must submit official transcripts to the CVM Student Services Office by June 1, 2017 showing conferral of degree, completion of courses (whether prerequisites or not), or both (if applicable). Applicants may not complete prerequisites the summer session(s) immediately preceding matriculation (if admitted).
To submit your transcript:
- Carefully follow the VMCAS transcript submission directions as a new verification process has been implemented. All transcripts must be mailed to VMCAS. Do not send your transcripts to NC State College of Veterinary Medicine.
- VMCAS will match your coursework line by line against your official transcript to ensure you have correctly entered your courses. We encourage you to submit your application early.
- You must submit official transcripts of ALL post-secondary coursework regardless of the number of courses completed at one institution or whether the courses fulfill or don’t fulfill prerequisites.
- Official transcripts must arrive in sealed envelopes prepared by the granting institution.
- Submit one transcript per institution by the deadline. Submit another transcript for any courses completed in the fall of the admissions cycle. Admitted applicants will be required to submit final spring transcripts or any transcript verifying receipt of a degree.
- If courses taken at one college have been transferred to another college, you must submit official transcripts from both institutions if all of the courses are not listed with grades on the accepting college transcript.
- Applicants completing coursework in a Study Abroad program must follow the VMCAS Study Abroad guidelines.
- NC State University undergraduates, graduate students and non-degree seeking students must request an official transcript from the Registration and Records Office to be sent to VMCAS.
- Mail transcripts to: VMCAS – Transcripts P.O. Box 9126Watertown, MA 02471
- Fall 2016 and Spring 2017 transcripts (if your are accepted or wait-listed) should be sent to: NC State University College of Veterinary Medicine, Student Services Office, 1060 William Moore Drive, Box 8401, Raleigh, NC 27607. Student grade reports and other unofficial documentation will not be accepted in lieu of official transcripts. Any candidate submitting fraudulent information, omits academic history or fails to include required materials will be disqualified immediately.
- Electronic transcripts: if your issuing institution has the ability to send electronic transcripts, have them sent electronically to email@example.com.
International applicants, as well as US resident applicants attending colleges outside the United States must have all international academic transcripts evaluated by a credentialed evaluation service. Applicants have used the following services in the past: Josef Silny & Associates, Trustforte, and World Education Services.
All applicants are required to complete the Graduate Record Exam, GRE®, prior to the application cycle. MCAT and DAT scores will not be accepted in lieu of GRE Scores. The ETS code for NC State University is 5496 (no department code is used).
GRE results must be received electronically by NC State University on or before September 15, 2016 at 11:59pm. Therefore, it is recommended that you take the test no later than August 15 in order for the complete scores to reach us by the September 15th deadline. Scores are sent from ETS to NC State electronically. Paper copies of GRE scores submitted by applicants are not accepted. Scores that arrive electronically after the September 15th deadline will not be accepted.
For details on what comprises a competitive GRE score, read our eligibility criteria.
If you are an international applicant, or a US resident (regardless of citizenship) attending college outside the United States you must also submit proof of English proficiency.
Veterinary medical students enrolled in good standing at AVMA Council on Education accredited institutions can apply to transfer to NC State University. Students will only be considered for transfer into semesters 2 through 5 (transfer students must complete the entire junior and senior year at NC State). NC State only accepts transfer requests from students currently enrolled at these institutions. Also, we only accept credits earned at AVMA accredited or approved schools.
To be considered for transfer, the curriculum at the school of origin must be very similar to that at NC State and there must be a vacancy in the class. Please note that we may not know if we have a vacancy until after the application deadline.
Send and Verify
All application materials must be sent directly to VMCAS except GRE scores (sent electronically to NC State by GRE) and Fall/Spring transcripts of your current year. Applications are sent via online submission, however, your initial official transcripts (including college courses taken while still in high school, undergraduate, graduate, study abroad, non-degree seeking, distance education or continuing education) must be sent by the granting institution directly to VMCAS at:
VMCAS – Transcripts
P.O. Box 9126
Watertown, MA 02471
If you have been accepted and enrolled, send your Fall 2016 and Spring 2017 transcripts to:
NC State Veterinary Medicine
Student Services Office
1060 William Moore Drive
Raleigh, NC 27607
VERIFY! We highly recommend you verify receipt of your materials through your VMCAS portal. Following the application deadline, the Student Services Office will verify receipt of credentials as part of the application verification process. This could take several weeks. Please note that it is your responsibility to submit all required credentials in advance of the deadline to avoid potential delivery issues.
Due to the volume of inquiries and applications, we do not verify credentials over the phone.
You may contact the Office of Student Services at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions concerning the admissions process. We will respond to your inquiry as soon as possible during regular business hours, Monday-Friday, 8:00 am-5:00 pm.