Application Checklist

Dates and Deadlines

  • June 2 : VMCAS application is available.
  • September 1: Transcripts are due to VMCAS.
  • September 30: Deadline for taking the GRE or MCAT.  
  • October 2: VMCAS application deadline.  Please note:  This deadline is firm!
  • October 15: Official test scores (GRE or MCAT) 
  • October 15:  ETS PPI Report due
  • October 31: Supplemental application due.
  • April 15: Deadline for acceptance/decline decision

We strongly encourage you to submit your VMCAS application and transcripts by September 1.

Prerequisite Courses 

All students must complete the prerequisite courses to be eligible for admission. No more than one required prerequisite course may remain to be completed after autumn term of the academic year in which you apply.  All courses must be completed by the end of the spring semester or winter quarter preceding matriculation.  A grade of C or better must be earned in all prerequisite course work.  Courses can be completed at any accredited college or university as long as the courses are determined by the Office of Professional Admissions to be equivalent to our required courses. We do not accept grades for any science courses 10 years or older.  However, If you are able to prove advanced coursework or career use of the scientific information that supports your mastery of the content covered in these courses, you may submit (along with your application) a letter of petition.

You must have a 3.0 or higher overall GPA to be eligible for admission. If you have any questions about GPA, please contact us at prospective [at] cvm [dot] osu [dot] edu or 614-292-1171.

VMCAS Application 

All applicants are required to apply online through the Association of American Veterinary Medical College's (AAVMC) Veterinary Medical College Application Service (VMCAS).  Applicants can begin submitting their VMCAS applications in June.  The deadline to submit is October 2 at 1 p.m. Eastern Time (No exceptions).  For more information, visit

Academic Transcripts

Students who complete a VMCAS application are required to submit all their official transcripts to AAVMC by September 1st. Please visit AAVMC's website for more information on transcript verification:    

*Applicants that are offered a seat will be required to submit final transcripts to The Ohio State University by June 1st.

Supplemental Application

Applicants who designate The Ohio State University on the electronic VMCAS application are required to complete a supplemental application.  The supplemental application will become available in September and is due by 1:00 PM eastern time on Friday, October 31st. You will not receive the supplemental application email until your VMCAS application has been completed and verified. There are no essay questions on the supplemental application and an applicant should be able to complete the application in about a half-hour.  There is a non-refundable application fee of $60 to be paid electronically, upon submission of the application.

Accessing the supp app/FAQs

Please Note:  We strongly encourage you to provide your Social Security Number on the supplemental application if you anticipate receiving a loan, scholarship or grant.   The Office of Student Financial Aid uses the Social Security Number to verify your attendance if you are a loan, scholarship or grant recipient. 

Application Fees

The Application fee is paid only by those applicants who complete the Supplemental Application.  This fee is in addition to the VMCAS application fee. 

  • Domestic Applicants: $60
  • International Applicants: $70

The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine no longer accepts checks or money orders for payment of the application fee.  All applicants that complete the Supplemental Application will be required to pay online at the time you submit. 

Any checks or money orders mailed to the Office of Professional Admissions or The Office of Student Affairs will be returned to you.

Test Scores

Applicants are required to take the General GRE or the MCAT by September 30, but within five years of their application.  Most applicants choose to take the GRE.  The GRE measures verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning, critical thinking, and analytical writing skills.  Applicants are required to take all parts including the analytical writing section.  There is no minimum GRE score and the best individual score from each section is taken.  The GRE is offered multiple times per year at locations throughout the United States and Canada.  To register for the GRE, go to or call 1-800-GRE-CALL.  You will need to provide the following codes to ETS in order for the college to receive your test scores:  GRE Code: 1592 .  Minimum MCAT is 24. For information about the MCAT, visit  To access your MCAT scores, we will need your 16-digit verification code.

International Applicants

International applicants from non-English speaking countries are required to fulfill the TOEFL, MELAB or IELTS requirement. If your native language is not English, you should possess a minimum level of English proficiency which is demonstrated by minimum scores as follows:

TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)

  • 577 (Paper-based test)
  • 90-91 (Internet-based test)

MELAB (Michigan Language Assessment Battery)

  • 84

IELTS (International English Language Testing System)

  • 7.5

ETS PPI Report

We require one ETS Personal Potential Index (ETS PPI) Evaluation Report (to contain three evaluations). At least one of the three evaluations must be completed by a veterinarian, and none of the evaluations may be from a relative. Please choose evaluators who can attest to your work ethic and professionalism/character. We are no longer directly requiring the VMCAS evaluation letters and will not be using them in our admissions process, but they are a requirement to complete your VMCAS application. You can use the same evaluators for both the PPI evaluations and the VMCAS letters, but ETS reports are submitted separately from your VMCAS application. ETS PPI reports are due by October 15 at 1:00pm eastern time.

ETS PPI Instructions (

  1. Create your ETS PPI account. Keep a record of your ETS PPI Applicant ID.
  2. Submit your evaluator information.
    • Only three evaluations are required, but you may submit more than three if you choose.
    • We suggest that you obtain approval from your evaluators prior to entering their information into the ETS PPI system.
  3. Once all of your evaluators have submitted their evaluations, send your ETS PPI Evaluation Report to Ohio State University at code 1592.
    • We will ONLY accept the first ETS PPI Report that you submit. If additional reports are sent, they will not be accepted. Make sure that all three evaluations are included on the first report you send.

Personal Interview

 After an evaluation of each applicant's file, academic record, test scores, and non-academic portions of the application, a point value is assigned.  This value will determine which applicants will be invited for a personal interview.  Competitive applicants typically have GRE scores and GPA's well above minimum.  For information about presenting a competitive application, click here.   For those that qualify for an interview, the interview is typically 30 minutes with two interviewers.  The personal interview will be used to clarify any issues arising from the academic and non-academic evaluation and to assess the applicant's maturity, motivation, communication skills, knowledge of the profession, and desire to contribute to society through veterinary medicine.


If you have questions, please contact us at admissions [at] cvm [dot] osu [dot] edu or call 614-292-1171.