Application Checklist

Dates and Deadlines

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 EDT on Friday, November 1st, 2013. You will not receive the supplemental application email until your VMCAS application has been received. Once your VMCAS application has been received, you will receive an email from OSU within two weeks. There are no essay questions on the supplemental application and an applicant should be able to complete the application in a half an hour or less.  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.

Graduate Records Exam (GRE) or Medical College Admission Test (MCAT)

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 - Department Code: 0617.  Minimum MCAT is 24. For information about the MCAT, visit  To access your MCAT scores, we will need your 16-digit verification code. 


We require a total of three references. At least ONE reference must be from a veterinarian, and two additional references (no relatives allowed) are also required. Letters of recommendation should be submitted directly through the Veterinary Medical College Application Service (VMCAS) by October 2 at 1 pm (Eastern Time). No exceptions! We strongly encourage applicants to submit their references by September 1. If you send more than three references, you have an opportunity on the supplemental application to list the references you would like the admissions committee to review.   They must be able to attest to your work ethic and professionalism/character. All three references can be veterinarians. We will not accept letters of recommendations that are not submitted through VMCAS.

Veterinary References

  1. Must be a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM). 
  2. Not required to be currently practicing
  3. Not required to have worked in a clinical setting with the DVM

What is advised is that the evaluator knows you well enough to complete a recommendation on you and write a positive letter of reference in your favor.   

Veterinary References from a Committee

We do accept Veterinary References from committees. They can be mailed or emailed directly to our office at:


1900 Coffey Road

Columbus, OH 43210

admissions [at] cvm [dot] osu [dot] edu

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.