Frequently Asked Questions about Admissions
When is the last date I can take the GRE?
GRE scores are due to our office by October 1. There is normally a 3-4 week reporting time after taking the exam, so our recommendation is to take the test no later than August 15th.
What GRE do I take?
We require the GRE® General Test (not a subject test).
What are average GRE scores?
Average scores of those accepted to the Class of 2015 were 151 - 151 on the Verbal and Quantitative sections, and 4.5 on the Analytical Writing section.
Is there a minimum GRE score I must make?
No. We do not require a minimum score.
Do GRE scores expire?
Yes. We accept only scores three (3) years old or less.
What is the institution code for MSU-CVM?
Our code is 1326, specifically issued to the College of Veterinary Medicine. Scores sent to the Mississippi State University Office of Graduate Studies will not necessarily reach the College of Veterinary Medicine.
Do I have to send transcripts from every college I’ve attended?
Yes. You must submit an original, official transcript from every college or university you have attended. Transcripts can be sent directly by the school and all transcripts must be in sealed school envelopes.
What if the transcripts from my current school contain the grades from my previous schools?
Even if grades from one college or university are reported on a later transcript, you must submit an official transcript from every college or university attended.
If I’m at school at MSU, do I still have to send my MSU transcripts?
Yes. Official transcripts can be requested through the Office of the Registrar.
Where do I send my transcripts?
Transcripts should be sent to:
VMCAS – Transcripts
P.O. Box 9126
Watertown, MA 02471
REMINDER: September 1st, 2013: Official Transcripts due to VMCAS (VMCAS strongly recommends completing and submitting your application by this date to ensure time for verification)
When do I have to send transcripts showing my fall classes and grades?
We must have your fall transcripts no later than January 15. If your school is unable to meet this deadline, you should contact us to make special arrangements. (MSU-CVMAdmissions@cvm.msstate.edu)
Does MSU-CVM have a supplemental application?
Yes. You can access our Supplemental Application on our web site during the application period (June 1 through October 1).
When do I complete and submit the supplemental application?
You can complete and submit the supplemental application at any time during the application period (June 1 through October 1). You should NOT wait to be contacted about the Supplemental Application, and you do not need to wait until you have submitted your VMCAS application to submit your Supplemental Application.
Do I have to mail the supplemental application or can I hand deliver it?
We will accept the Supplemental Application in person or by mail. Send to:
Office of Student Admissions
College of Veterinary Medicine
P.O. Box 6100
240 Wise Center Drive
Mississippi State, MS 39762
LETTERS OF RECOMMENDATION (LORs)
Do I send (or have my evaluators send) LORs directly to MSU-CVM?
No. LORs should be submitted electronically to VMCAS. Do not send any LORs directly to the MSU-CVM.
Can I have more than three evaluators?
No. MSU-CVM accepts only three (3) LORs and only from those evaluators listed on the VMCAS application.
Who should my evaluators be?
MSU-CVM requires that at least one LOR be completed by a veterinarian. The remaining LORs can be completed by veterinarians, researchers, professors, employers or other individuals who can attest to the candidate’s qualities evaluated on the LOR form. The key is not “who” the evaluator is, but how well the evaluator knows the candidate with regard to the qualities assessed on the LOR form.
How will MSU-CVM communicate with me after I have applied?
MSU-CVM communicates almost exclusively through email. Please be sure that you are receiving email correspondence from MSU-CVM after the October 1 application date, and please alert the MSU-CVM admissions staff to any changes in your email address.
When and how are interview notifications sent?
Notifications are sent via email in late December. Interviews are typically conducted in January and February.
When is the class chosen and notified?
The class is typically chosen in late February or early March and is notified immediately thereafter. Notification letters are sent via email and US mail.
Is there an alternate list?
Yes. The Admissions Committee of the College may create a list of alternate candidates. Lists are designated as Mississippi (resident) alternates, South Carolina (contract) alternates, West Virginia (contract) and non-resident pool alternates. Candidates pulled from these lists are invited to fill appropriate positions as Mississippi resident students, South Carolina contract students, West Virginia contract students or Mississippi non-resident students.
How many students are selected for each freshman class?
The typical class size is 85 students. Usually half of that number are Mississippi residents, five (5) are South Carolina students on contract, seven (7) are West Virginia students on contract, and the remainder are non-resident students (from other states, from South Carolina or West Virginia not on contract, or from other countries).
How many applicants does MSU-CVM normally have?
Our typical applicant pool has 900-1,000 candidates. The Mississippi pool usually has 70-80 applicants, with the remaining applicants being non-resident and contract state applicants.
What is the average GPA of your freshman class?
Average GPAs of the first-year class are usually 3.5-3.6 both overall and in the required math/science courses.
If I am accepted to MSU-CVM as a non-resident, can I change my residency or lower my fees after I am in school?
No. At the time of application, a candidate’s residency is determined based on information provided in the VMCAS application, as well as by any other documents requested by the Assistant Dean for Admissions and Student Affairs of the College. Each successful applicant must enter a contract with the MSU-CVM prior to final acceptance for admission in which the applicant agrees and obligates himself/herself to pay the tuition, fees and expenses applicable to the applicant’s Mississippi resident or Mississippi non-resident status, as determined by the MSU-CVM, that exists on the date the applicant will matriculate; further, the applicant must agree and obligate himself/herself in the contract to continue to pay the tuition, fees and expenses during the applicant’s entire MSU-CVM DVM educational experience that are applicable to that same initial status determination, thereby waiving any right to petition for a change in residency status.
An admitted applicant’s status will not change for his or her entire MSU-CVM veterinary medical educational period.