The admissions process for the Utah State University College of Veterinary Medicine (CVM) has the following overarching goals:
- Conduct a transparent and equitable admissions process.
- Incorporate holistic elements into the review process beyond grades and standardized tests.
- Attract and identify best-fit applicants earlier, facilitating more effective and efficient review and selection of prospective students.
- Identify ways to scale and introduce flexibility into the admissions process to meet current and future needs.
- Introduce technology into the admissions process to capture data for decision-making and enhance the capacity of the admissions team, while creating an exceptional experience for applicants and reviewers alike.
- Optimize the ability to thoroughly review large applicant pools to ensure each applicant receives adequate evaluation.
- Enhance diversity through strategic, targeted, and well-designed initiatives.
The CVM approaches the admissions process by recognizing three distinct phases: the recruitment phase, the application phase, and the review and selection phase. Each phase involves different individuals, resources, and timeframes, and has different impacts and outcomes for the program.
The basic admission requirements for the DVM program can be found in Appendix 7.2. These requirements are designed to ensure the selection of students who possess a well-rounded undergraduate education and personal background. This foundation is essential for students to succeed in the program and continue to grow as lifelong learners and professionals.
All admissions processes are overseen by the Director of Admissions. The Admissions Committee will be comprised of the Director of Admissions, faculty as assigned (clinical and non-clinical), a Utah Veterinary Medical Association representative, and an Affiliated Veterinary Instructional Partner (AVIP) representative. The committee will make admissions decisions that are conveyed to the Dean.
The program will participate in a variety of recruitment events that will engage students from middle school through college. An abbreviated list of prospective activities includes:
- Individual advising appointments and tours for prospective students and their families/support systems.
- Presentations to pre-veterinary clubs (predominately across the Intermountain West).
- Presentations to high school and college career exploration classes.
- Pre-Veterinary Student and Advisors Conference, an annual "open house" style event.
- Engagement with local and regional groups, including 4-H and FFA.
- Co-recruitment events with USU; other colleges such at the College of Agriculture and Applied Sciences; and departments such as Animal, Dairy and Veterinary Sciences.
Regarding the first CVM application cycle, if a Letter of Reasonable Assurance (LOR) is in place to allow admission of students in the fall of 2025, this may preclude the use of the Veterinary Medical College Application Service (VMCAS) due to the extended lead time needed to enroll the CVM in VMCAS. In that case, the CVM will utilize the admission process offered through the USU School of Graduate Studies. The CVM will utilize VMCAS in subsequent admission cycles. Regardless of which submission mechanism is used, a component of the application process may be a situational judgment test (SJT) such as CASPer, PREview, or DUET. The purpose of including an SJT is to enhance understanding of an applicant’s personal and professional characteristics.
Review and Selection Phase
This phase involves a multi-step process that employs both external and internal reviewers and will be applied to each applicant pool (i.e., resident and non-resident). The goal of this phase is to develop transparency in decision-making while minimizing the challenges related to high applicant volume: time fatigue, bias, and artifice; while at the same time working to enhance engagement, effectiveness, and efficiency. For the fall of 2025, the admissions plan is to enroll a cohort of 40 students (25 resident and 15 non-resident). In the subsequent year, when the new Veterinary Medical Education Building (VME) is completed, a cohort of 80 students will be admitted (40 resident and 40 non-resident).
Applicants must meet an initial minimum grade point average (GPA) requirement to enter the review process. Applicants who do not meet the minimum GPA requirements do not undergo further review. Applicants meeting the GPA requirements undergo a multi-step process that is designed to filter and rank applicants for final review and selection by the admissions committee.