Academic Criteria

Academic Criteria

Academic Criteria

The Admissions Committee views a solid and broad undergraduate experience to be crucial preparation for successful completion of the veterinary curriculum. When evaluating an applicant, the Admissions Committee considers both academic and non-academic qualities which may include a personal interview. When evaluating an applicant's academic qualities the Admissions Committee members ask themselves: How likely is it that the applicant will be able to successfully complete our rigorous, science-based veterinary curriculum? Answering this question begins by considering the applicant's academic indices including cumulative GPA, science GPA, last 45 semester hour (or last 60 quarter hour) GPA, science and math prerequisite GPA, grades in upper division science courses, course load per semester, major and academic institution, advanced degrees, and record of academic honors, scholarships, etc. 

Academic Review

All WIMU Regional Program and WICHE certified applicants receive immediate advancement through the preliminary screen for further holistic review. Due to the size and strength of the non-resident pool, all non-resident applicants first receive a preliminary screening based on academic record. Generally speaking, applicants with a cumulative GPA above a 3.5, or a science GPA above a 3.7 are considered to have a previous record of academic excellence indicative of success within the professional veterinary curriculum. Non-resident applicants that meet the GPA criteria are automatically forwarded to our Admissions Committee for further review of their academic background and additional application criteria.

Non-resident applicants who do not automatically advance through the preliminary screen are further evaluated for additional evidence of academic success in a secondary screening. This process is designed to identify qualified applicants despite a more modest academic background. Factors such as the last 45 credit hour GPA, prerequisite GPA, academic rigor, work or family responsibilities, and extenuating circumstances are considered when evaluating an applicant’s qualifications. Both the academic and non-academic criteria of an application are reviewed during this process to ensure that the college is admitting a class that reflects a broad diversity of anticipated career pathways and goals, life experience and circumstance, and stated interests in serving the veterinary profession and society.


Veterinary medicine is a rigorous science-based field. When evaluating an applicant, emphasis is placed on physical and biological science preparation. Prerequisite coursework is considered an essential foundation for academic preparation. The Admissions Committee will look for evidence that the DVM program science and math prerequisites have been satisfactorily completed or will be completed prior to entry into the DVM program. Applicants are evaluated on the strength of prerequisite coursework completed at the time of application. While some prerequisites may be in progress or planned at the time of application, applicants will be expected to have completed all the prerequisite courses with a C- or higher before entering our program. 


Graduate Record Examination

Beginning with the 2021-2022 admissions cycle (entering Fall 2022), the GRE will no longer be required as part of the admissions process. GRE scores will not be evaluated with your application and should not be submitted to our program. 


Four GPAs

The Admissions Committee considers four GPAs when evaluating applicants, listed below. Our program utilizes GPAs as calculated within the VMCAS application. Information on how GPAs are calculated is available on the VMCAS website.  

  • Cumulative GPA - GPA of all courses from all institutions 
  • Science GPA - GPA of physical and biological science courses 
  • Last 45 semester hour/60 quarter hour GPA 
  • Prerequisite GPA - GPA of all DVM program science and math prerequisite courses 

Advanced Placement/Running Start Credits

Please use the WSU AP credit chart or IB Credit Chart to determine if your score will transfer in as the equivalent WSU course number listed in our prerequisite course descriptions. Scores that will transfer in as the appropriate WSU course will be accepted. While Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB) or Running Start credits might be acceptable for some prerequisites, applicants are encouraged to view such credits as an opportunity to qualify for and enroll in upper division physical and biological science courses, rather than simply as a means for "testing out" of prerequisites. The goal of the applicant should be to prepare as best they can for our rigorous, science based, veterinary curriculum. Upper division science courses are deemed to be highly preparatory for the DVM program.


Applicants spending more than two years in pre-professional programs have time to take a number of elective courses. Highly recommended, but not required, electives include mammalian or comparative anatomy, physiology, embryology, microbiology, immunology, computer science, physics II, and animal science courses, including nutrition.