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College of Veterinary Medicine

Early Admissions Program

The Early Admissions Program for Pre-Veterinary Scholars was established to begin in the fall semester of 1999. The goals of the Early Admissions Program are to recruit exceptional candidates for admission to the College of Veterinary Medicine, maintain their career focus on veterinary medicine, and provide career experiences that will direct students towards advanced clinical and research training to produce the leaders of tomorrow in veterinary medicine.

High School Preparation: While in high school, those interested in veterinary medicine should take college preparatory courses with emphasis in the sciences and mathematics as well as obtain a strong background in oral and written communications. In addition to an interest in the sciences and in animals, those who are interested in a career in veterinary medicine should also enjoy working with people and have a science interest in the health and welfare of both animals and humans. Because veterinary medicine is so diverse, it is advisable to become acquainted with several areas of practice as well as with veterinarians in industry, public health, and research. This may be accomplished by “shadowing” and volunteering or working for a local veterinarian. For the pre-professional program, the high school graduate should have a strong academic record and have complete one and one-half units of algebra and one unit of plane geometry. Other high school subjects that are highly recommended are chemistry, mathematics, physics, and biology. A strong background in oral and written communications and computer literacy is also desirable.

Early Admissions Application (PDF)

Eligibility for the Early Admissions Program requires:
  • A genuine desire to enter the veterinary profession.
  • Completed Early Admissions Application (PDF)
  • Three letters of reference - - High School Counselor, Veterinarian, and Employer
  • 29 or greater ACT score, or equivalent SAT score. ("Super" ACT scores are not considered. Residual ACT scores may be submitted.)
  • Official high school transcript
  • Admission to Kansas State University

Selection: Acceptance into the Program is based on references, letter of intent, and formal interview. Preference is given to students that have demonstrated an aptitude for leadership, community service, and academics.

A complete application for the Early Admissions Program includes:
  • completed application
  • copy of your ACT or SAT scores (29 or greater score on the ACT, or equivalent SAT score)
  • official high school transcript
  • 3 letters of reference: one from a high school counselor, one from a veterinarian, one from an employer
To apply for the Early Admissions Program send all application materials as outlined above to:

Early Admissions Program
Office of the Associate Dean for Admissions
College of Veterinary Medicine
103 Trotter Hall
1710 Denison Ave
Kansas State University
Manhattan, KS 66506-5601

Applications for the Early Admissions Program must be received by September 1, following graduation from high school.

Program Benefits

Faculty and Student Mentors

Whenever possible, faculty and student mentors will be assigned to each pre-veterinary scholar. Faculty members will be chosen based on interests similar to the scholar. Faculty mentors are responsible for supporting students’ career development by facilitating the summer externship program, determining appropriate courses to fulfill the elective requirement, identifying research opportunities within the College, and investigating unique career opportunities outside of the College. Veterinary student mentors will be chosen based on interests and academic achievement. The student mentoring relationship will provide pre-veterinary scholars with unique access to College activities. Student mentors are responsible for notifying pre-veterinary scholars of College activities such as student club meetings, invited speakers, research seminars, and hospital rounds.

Semester Group Meetings

The pre-veterinary scholars will meet on a regular basis to participate in special events during the academic year to develop a sense of community within the program and share information relevant to the pursuit of their goals.

DVM Professional Program Admission Criteria

To guarantee admittance into our DVM degree program, all 35 semester hours of science prerequisites must be completed at Kansas State University with a cumulative 3.3 GPA or higher for these courses. Students must satisfactorily complete all prerequisites by the end of the spring semester prior to the fall during which they desire to enroll in the DVM degree program. They must complete the supplemental application, submit the supplemental application fee, and submit scores for the general GRE (Graduate Record Examination) in the supplemental application packet. The supplemental application packet will be required between June 1st and September 15th prior to the fall that they wish to enroll in the DVM degree program.

Prerequisite courses other than our science prerequisites can be completed at any other accredited institution or at Kansas State University.

For more information contact: 

Early Admissions Program
College of Veterinary Medicine
Kansas State University
103 Trotter Hall
1710 Denison Ave
Manhattan, KS 66506-5601 

785-532-5884 fax