Review and Selection Process

The Review and Selection Phase is a multi-step process that involves external and internal reviewers. It is applied to both resident and non-resident applicant pools. The primary objective of this phase is to promote transparency in decision-making and address challenges associated with a high volume of applicants, such as time fatigue, bias, and artifice. Simultaneously, the process aims to improve engagement, effectiveness, and efficiency.

For the fall of 2025, the admissions plan aims to enroll a cohort of 40 students, consisting of 25 residents and 15 non-residents. In the following year, once the Veterinary Medical Education Building (VME) is completed, the plan is to admit a cohort of 80 students, with 40 residents and 40 non-residents.

To enter the review process, applicants must initially meet a minimum grade point average (GPA) requirement. Applicants who fail to meet this requirement are not subjected to further review. On the other hand, applicants who meet the GPA criteria go through a multi-step process designed to filter and rank them. The final review and selection are performed by the admissions committee.

Selection Process

1

Quantitative Screening of Minimum GPA Requirements

The admissions staff conducts a quantitative screening of all applicants to ensure they meet the minimum GPA requirements of a 2.9 cumulative and a 3.1 pre-requisite GPA. Applicants who meet these requirements proceed to the next step.

 
2

Filtering and Ranking Process with Academic and Non-Academic Evaluation

An independent external review agency (e.g., KiraTalent) performs a filtering and ranking process. This involves a detailed quantitative assessment of applicants' academic standing, including their prerequisite course GPA, last 45-semester credit GPA, and cumulative GPA. Non-academic measures are also evaluated, such as veterinary and animal experience, responsibility for direct animal care, writing quality, personal statement, involvement in employment and extracurricular activities, awareness of diversity issues, and letters of reference. Applicants also complete a situational judgment test (SJT), which is scored and combined with the academic and non-academic scores to create a cumulative applicant score for ranking. The GRE is not considered in the decision-making process.

 
3

Interview-Based Selection and Final Decision Making

The admissions committee reviews applicants based on their ranked cumulative scores from Step Two. Starting with the highest ranked applicants, the committee conducts interviews on a rolling basis. The interview process may include various formats, such as multiple mini-interviews, face-to-face interviews, and virtual interviews. The goal is to assess an applicant's strengths and potential beyond grades and standardized tests. Interviewers undergo training on diversity, equity, inclusion, and implicit bias. The admissions committee considers scenario- and behavior-based questions related to preprofessional competencies. Final decisions weigh academic score, non-academic score, SJT score, and interview score equally. Waitlists are maintained for both residents and nonresidents, and any available seats are filled leading up to the fall semester.

 
4

Campus Visit and Familiarization with CVM Facilities

Accepted students are given the opportunity to visit the USU campus to interact with students, staff, and faculty, as well as tour the College of Veterinary Medicine (CVM) facilities.