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DVM Admissions FAQ


What makes an applicant competitive for admissions?

The Student Services Office offers admissions information sessions throughout the year which detail the criteria for prospective students.

What is the average GPA and GRE score for admitted applicants?

Click here for statistical data for the class of 2014 (admissions cycle 2010 for both resident and nonresident applicants).

Click here for statistical data for the class of 2015 (admissions cycle 2011 for both resident and nonresident applicants).

Click here for statistical data for the class of 2016 (admissions cycle 2012 for both resident and nonresident applicants).

Click here for statistical data for the class of 2017 (admissions cycle 2013 for both resident and nonresident applicants).

Click here for statistical data for the class of 2018 (admissions cycle 2014 for both resident and nonresident applicants).

Click here for statistical data for the class of 2019 (admissions cycle 2015 for both resident and nonresident applicants).

How many applications are submitted? How many applicants are accepted?

Year Applied NC Residents Non-Residents
2008 (class of 2012) 482 177 305
2009 (class of 2013) 552 217 335
2010 (class of 2014) 732 209 523
2011 (class of 2015) 717 220 497
2012 (class of 2016) 662 191 471
2013 (class of 2017) 837 191 646
2014 (class of 2018) 809 185 624
2015 (class of 2019) 905 199 706

NOTE: The college increased its incoming class size from 80 to 100 starting with the 2012 admissions cycle. The allocation between residents and nonresidents will be approximately 80 resident and 20 nonresident slots (final allocation subject to change).

How long is the DVM program? Is there anything shorter leading to a career in veterinary medicine (aside from a DVM program)?

The DVM professional curriculum is a four-year full-time, day program. Four community colleges in North Carolina offer animal science programs: Wayne Community College in Goldsboro, NC; James Sprunt Community College in Kenansville, NC; Surry Community College in Dobson, NC; and Sampson Community College in Clinton, NC.

Three colleges in North Carolina offers an associate’s degree in Veterinary Medical Technology: Central Carolina Community College in Sanford, NC, Gaston College in Dallas, NC and Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College in Asheville, NC.

What do most students major in during undergraduate study? What undergraduate majors do you prefer?

Biology (33%), Animal Science (27%), Zoology (11%), Chemistry (2%), Other (27%). "Pre-vet" is not a major; it is a track that can be chosen within a major. Pre-vet students can be any major they choose, and the required pre-professional courses can be obtained through the curricula of a number of fields of study.

What are some demographic characteristics of the student body?

For the 2013-14 academic year, the college enrolled 359 students (72 male = 20% and 287 female = 80%). Students range in age from 20 to 47 with an average age of approximately 25.40.

How do I apply for NC Residency?

Click here and here for more information on residency for tuition purposes.

Can applicants from border states, such as South Carolina, apply as residents to NC State?

No. North Carolina does not have a “contract state” agreement with South Carolina or any other state.

Why do you take so many NC residents?

North Carolina State University is a land-grant university designed to serve the citizens of North Carolina in subject areas including, but not limited to, the practical teaching of agriculture, science, military science, engineering and education. The state of North Carolina funds higher education in an effort to offer strong educational opportunities to its citizenry. Therefore, slot allocation priority is given to North Carolina residents.

Do I have to have a Bachelor's degree to get in?

A bachelor’s degree is not required for admission into the DVM program. An applicant just needs to satisfy the prerequisites. However, most admitted students do have their bachelor's degree by matriculation.

What are the prerequisite course requirements? Will a certain course satisfy our prerequisites?

The prerequisite courses are listed on the DVM Admissions web page. For the equivalent course at another college or university, check the NC State University catalog or ask the advisor at your college. Use the Basic Course Information to guide you on your assessment if a course taken at your home institution meets our prerequisites.

Where should I take the prerequisite courses?

You can take the prerequisite courses at any accredited two-year or four-year college or university. This includes courses taken via distance education at those institutions.

Do you accept online courses?

Yes, prerequisite courses may be completed either online or in a classroom setting. As above, the courses must be completed at an accredited two-year or four-year college or university.

Can Advanced Placement (AP) courses be used to fulfill prerequisites?

AP courses can be used to fulfill prerequisites. However, regardless if used to fulfill requirements or not, the applicant’s undergraduate institution must list the AP course by name (Biology, Calculus, English, etc.) on its transcript indicating the number of credits granted. Please note that AP courses are not considered when calculating grade point averages.

Can College Level Examination Program (CLEP) credit be used to fulfill prerequisites?

No, the admissions committee does not accept CLEP credit in fulfillment of course prerequisites.

How do I submit grades completed in a "Study Abroad" program?

Applicants completing coursework in a "Study Abroad" program must submit grades in the grade equivalent of a U.S. educational institution. This can be accomplished either by (1) the "home" institution providing the equivalent grade on its transcript or by (2) the applicant submitting the "Study Abroad" transcript to a credential evaluation service. Options for credential evaluation services include: Josef Silny & Associates, Trustforte Corporation, and World Education Services

Do applicants who are NC State graduates get preference over graduates from other schools? Is it an advantage to be an alumnus of NC State University?

We evaluate all applicants on the same criteria no matter what college they have attended. Each cycle we receive more applications from NC State than any other school. Therefore, we admit and deny more applicants from NC State than any other school. As point of fact, roughly 38% of our students received undergraduate degrees from NC State.

What are the GRE and GPA minimum requirements? What is NC State’s ETS reporting code?

Click here for information regarding GRE and GPA requirements. The ETS CEEB code for NC State University is 5496.

How do I prepare for veterinary school admissions?

This overview will serve as a guide for prospective veterinary applicants of all ages.

How can I learn more about applying to NC State’s DVM program?

You are strongly encouraged to attend an Admissions Information Session. An annual schedule is posted on our homepage under the heading, “DVM Admissions.” If you still have questions after attending an information session, please email your question to

Can I make an appointment for an individual counseling session?

The Student Services Office encourages prospective students to attend Admissions Information Sessions with other potential applicants. The sessions contain good information sharing that often benefits an applicant and may be missed in an individual session. Additionally, staffing parameters prevent the office from conducting individual sessions.

What classes should I take in high school to prepare to be a veterinarian some day?

We will not review your high school records for admission. However, you should take college preparation courses necessary for freshman admission into an undergraduate institution. Click here for information on undergraduate admission at NC State University.

How can I improve my chances of admission?

You should meet or exceed our minimum grade requirements for cumulative, required, and last 45 credit hour grade point averages. In addition to academic criteria, you will be evaluated on various non-academic criteria. The Admissions Committee will be looking for students who are academically curious, well-rounded and mature. Students who are interested in veterinary medicine should pursue jobs, clubs and other activities that expose them to the profession and to different species of animals. A diverse amount of veterinary and animal experience is highly recommended.

How do I obtain positions to strengthen my veterinary and animal experience especially if I’m still in high school?

Prospective applicants are encouraged to make contact directly with veterinarians with whom they would like to work. The Student Services Office will provide experience information when available and upon request. Some possible locations include:

High school students should attempt to obtain employment in non-clinical roles such as kennel work in order to build experience for one’s resume. This will make the student more marketable when he/she is old enough to apply for more advanced positions at small or large animal hospitals, etc.

What is the difference between veterinary experience and animal experience?

Veterinary experience is experience working under the supervision of a DVM or PhD research scientist. Animal experience demonstrates an applicant's experience working with animals while NOT under the supervision of a DVM or PhD research scientist. NC State requires a minimum of 400 hours of veterinary experience while there is no minimum hour requirement for animal experience. However, a diversity of animal-related experiences is highly encouraged.

How should I keep track of my veterinary and animal experience hours? Is there a form to fill out? 

Prospective students are encouraged to maintain a spreadsheet or journal of their experience opportunities. While there is no separate form to complete, applicants will enter experience information into the VMCAS application by capturing the following data: dates, contact information (person and practice), indicate whether a paid or volunteer position, total hours, average hours, experience type (small, equine, food, etc.), and synopsis of duties.


How important are letters of recommendation?

Letters of recommendation are very important in the admissions process. They convey your knowledge of the veterinary profession, the depth and level of your commitment to the field, and the qualities of character that you have shown to the person you choose as your evaluator. We offer a set of guidelines for those individuals writing letters of recommendation.

Do you require an admissions interview?

No. We do not require an interview.

Do you have a supplemental application?

Yes. You need to access the supplemental application from our web site, complete, and submit it by the VMCAS application deadline (September 16 at 1pm or the following Monday if September 16 falls on a weekend).

What is the VMCAS application deadline? What is the supplemental application deadline?

The VMCAS deadline is September 15 (or the following Monday if September 15 falls on a weekend). The Supplemental Application deadline is 1pm of the following day of the VMCAS application deadline of September 15 (or the following Monday if September 15 falls on a weekend).

Does NC State CVM accept transfer students?

Veterinary medical students currently enrolled and in good standing at AVMA Council on Education accredited institutions can apply to transfer to the CVM at 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).

Complete information on transfers can be found at: Transfer Policy.

If I'm currently a DVM student at another college of veterinary medicine, what procedures do I follow to complete an externship at NC State?

Email the following information to Clinical Course Coordinator no fewer than 7 weeks in advance of the date you would like to start the externship: name, address, phone number, email address, service area of interest, and intended dates of externship. Click here for the list of clinical rotations.

How do I participate at NC State as a visiting clinician?

The Office of Continuing Education and Outreach offers a Visiting Clinician Program for North Carolina veterinarians and international veterinarians.

How does an international veterinarian practice medicine in the United States?

The Educational Commission for Foreign Veterinary Graduates (ECFVG) certification program is accepted by all state veterinary regulatory boards and the federal government as meeting, either in part or full, the educational prerequisite for licensure or certain types of employment, respectively.

What are the costs of attendance?

Please visit our Money Matters page.

How do I contact the Student Services Office with questions concerning the DVM program?

NC State College of Veterinary Medicine
Student Services Office
1060 William Moore Drive, Campus Box 8401
Raleigh, NC 27607