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Application Checklist

  • Prerequisite Courses/GPA minimum
  • VMCAS application - deadline September 15 at 11:59 pm (Eastern Time)
  • Academic Transcripts - sent to AAVMC
  • Supplemental application - once your VMCAS application is verified through WebAdmit within 5-7 days, you will receive an supplemental application email link.  After you receive the supplemental application email, you wil have a WEEK to submit the supplemental application to our office. 
  • Test Scores (GRE or MCAT) - Test must be taken no later than September 1. Scores must be received by September 15.
  • Letter of Recommendations - Three references are required and at least one must be a veterinarian. Letters from relatives are not acceptable.
  • Essay - Your essay should discuss the development of your interest in veterinary medicine. Discuss those unique activities that have contributed to your preparation for a professional program. Discuss you understanding of the veterinary medical profession, what you have to offer the profession and your career goals and objectives.  
  • Personal Interview (based on pre-screening)
  • International Applicants - All incoming international students are required to write an English as a Second Language (ESL) composition placement test. The test is an essay exam designed to assess writing proficiency in academic English. Students who need extra instructional support in writing may be placed in one of three levels corresponding to courses in the ESL Composition Program. A helpful video explaining the test can be viewed at:

           The Office of Graduate & Professional Admissions notifies international students required to take the placement test. The Office of International Affairs (OIA) informs new students about the date and time of the test. For more information about placement testing, email:; or call, 614-292-1364.       

We receive a large volume of applications so we appreciate your patience as we process application materials.  If you are currently applying, we ask that you wait to hear from us in regards to admissions materials.  If you are missing any admissions materials, we will contact you and give you the appropriate amount of time to turn in outstanding application materials to us.

Thank you for your understanding during this very busy time. Best of luck to you!

Dates and Deadlines

  • May 11 : VMCAS application goes live at 1:00pm (eastern time).
  • *August 15: It is strongly recommended that you complete your file so that your application will be verified before the September 15 deadline.
  • September 1: Deadline for taking the GRE or MCAT.
  • September 15 at 11:59pm (eastern time): VMCAS application deadline. Please note: This deadline is firm!
  • September 15: Official test scores (GRE or MCAT)
  • October 1: Supplemental application due date will vary. October 1 is a general guideline. There are no essay questions on the supplemental application. You will receive the supplemental application email link once your VMCAS application and transcripts are verified by VMCAS. It typically takes Ohio State 7-10 days (sometimes shorter) to receive your application from VMCAS. When it is received, a supplication application email link will be sent to you. You will have one week to complete and submit.
  • April 15: Deadline for acceptance/decline decision

*We strongly encourage you to submit your VMCAS application and payment, have all (US and English Speaking Canadian) transcripts posted, and all three of your required evaluations submitted by August 15 because verification can take as many as four weeks. By submitting by August 15 your application has the best chance of being verified before the September 15th deadline!

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, no exceptions. If you have any questions about GPA, please contact us at 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 May. The deadline to submit is September 15 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (No exceptions). For more information, visit

Transcript Verification 

Students who complete a VMCAS application are required to submit all their official transcripts to AAVMC by August 15th to greatly improve your chances of having your application verified early with time to make corrections, if needed. All VMCAS applications are placed into Transcript Verification before releasing data to the veterinary schools. VMCAS matches your coursework section line by line against your official transcript to ensure you have correctly entered your courses.

Once VMCAS receives *all* your required documentation, VMCAS will then place your application in the verification queue. Verification can take up to four (4) weeks to complete. Please visit AAVMC's website for more information on transcript verification:

Send transcripts to:

VMCAS - Transcripts

P.O. Box 9126

Watertown, MA 02471

Supplemental Application

Applicants who designate The Ohio State University on the electronic VMCAS application are required to complete a supplemental application. You will not receive the supplemental application email until your VMCAS application has been completed and transcripts are 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.

A complete VMCAS application includes:

  • E-Submit your VMCAS application & application fee
  • Have all three (3) required electronic letters of recommendation received by VMCAS
  • Make sure VMCAS has transcripts from ALL institutions attended

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

The General GRE must be taken by September 1  and scores must be received no later than September 15. You should request that ETS send the official GRE scores directly to us and VMCAS as soon as the test is taken. You will need to use two separate GRE codes. The first institutional code is 1592 The Ohio State University and institutional code 7872 The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine VMCAS. GRE scores are acceptable within five years of submitting your application. 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. Most applicants choose to take the GRE however we do accept the MCAT. 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

Exemptions: Students who meet or exceed the following TOEFL-type test scores (obtained within the last two years) are exempt from sitting for the ESL Writing Placement Test. These scores are higher than pre-admission levels and indicate that a student can already write well enough without placement testing:

  • Those who score on the paper-based TOEFL
     - 650 or higher, or
     - 610 or higher and 5.0 on the Test of Written English
  • Those who score on the internet-based (iBT) TOEFL
     - 114 or higher
     - 101 or higher and a 28 on the Writing section
  • Those who score on the MELAB
     - 95 or higher, or
     - 90 or higher and 90 on the writing sub score
  • Those who score on the IELTS
     - 9.0 or higher (Overall Band Score)
     - 8.0 or higher (Overall Band Score) and 8.0 Academic Writing module
  • Those who have been previously enrolled in and graduated from an Ohio State University academic program
  • Those who are citizens of the following countries or regions: Australia, Belize, Canada (except Quebec), Ireland, New Zealand, Liberia, United Kingdom (England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland), the British Caribbean and British West Indies, and the United States.
  • New undergraduate transfer students who attended a U.S. institution of higher education and are transferring in a course for English 1110 credit.

Letters of Recommendations

Three references (no relatives) are required and at least one must be a veterinarian.

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 or call 614-292-1171.