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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.

Eligibility for the Early Admissions Program requires:
  • A genuine desire to enter the veterinary profession.
  • Completed Online Application
  • 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, academics, animal and veterinary experience.

The application for the Veterinary Scholars Early Admissions Program will be online beginning January 1, 2019.  Please do not mail any portion of the application.  To be eligible to apply for this program, students must be currently enrolled in high school and plan to attend college in the fall following graduation. 

Application window:  January 1, 2019 – September 1, 2019.  Non- Kansas residents can request a spring semester interview by emailing sandyk@vet.k-state.edu. Students already planning to attend KSU for undergraduate studies will be interviewed middle to late September, 2109.  

A completed 2019 Early Admission application will include: 

  1. Biography section completed in full.
  2. Upload a Personal Statement.  (500 word limit)
  3. Upload a Resume.
  4. Upload ACT/SAT Exam score report.
  5. References:  Applicants will need to provide the first and last name and a current email address for the three required references.
    • The references required
      • Veterinarian
      • High school counselor
      • Employer or Personal reference not related to applicant
    • KSU CVM will send the references an email requesting they upload a letter of reference to the application.  Do not mail reference letters.  Reference letters must be received from the reference through the online application.
    • The applicant and the reference will receive an email confirmation once KSU CVM receives each reference letter.
  1.  High School Transcript. 
    • Applicants will determine their high school’s process for requesting a transcript. 
    • Most schools require students fill out a Transcript Release Request.  If you are under 18 years of age, the request will likely require a guardian’s signature. 
    • The high school counselor listed in the reference section will be sent a link to upload the transcript.
  1.  Once all materials have been uploaded to the application, the application can be completed and submitted.
  2. Qualified applicants will be sent an invitation for an interview
    • Non-residents interview in the spring semester.
    • Kansas residents or students planning to attend KSU undergraduate programs will be interviewed September, 2019.

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). The supplemental application will be available for completion Mid-May to Mid-September 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. Advanced Placement credits must be named specifically on a transcript.

For more information contact: 

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

785-532-5660
785-532-5884 fax
admit@vet.ksu.edu