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Apply to the College (Entering Fall 2015)

Checking Application Status

Graduate Record Exam (GRE)

International Applicants


Letters of Recommendation

Supplemental Application


VMCAS Application


VMCAS Application
All applicants must apply through the Veterinary Medical College Application Service (VMCAS). Their online web application may be accessed at http://www.aavmc.org/vmcas/vmcas.htm. The web application and the VMCAS fee must be submitted to VMCAS by September 2, 2014 for Iowa residents and by October 2, 2014 at 1:00 PM Eastern Time for all other applicants.  NOTE:  If you are working towards Iowa residency and believe you will be a resident by August 2015 you must have your application submitted by September 2, 2014 to be considered in the Iowa applicant pool. 

PLEASE NOTE:  All application deadlines are firm


Letters of Recommendation
Three electronic letters of recommendation (eLOR) are required. Up to six eLORs will be accepted.  You are strongly encouraged to ask for more than three evaluations in case an evaluator is not able to get their evaluation in on time.  IOWA RESIDENTS:  Letters of evaluation for Iowa residents must be submitted by September 2, 2014. Please explain to your evaluators that even though the VMCAS deadline for evaluation is October 2, 2014  the evaluations for Iowa residents is September 2, 2014.

PLEASE NOTE:  No late evaluations will be accepted.

Suggested Evaluators
The applicant is strongly encouraged to have at least one recommendation from a veterinarian. Other suggested evaluators include academic advisors or professors, professional scientists, other medical professionals, and employers. The evaluator should know the applicant well and be able to speak to their personal characteristics and attributes. Evaluators cannot be related to the applicant by blood or marriage. It is preferred the evaluator include further remarks or compose a letter in the comments section of the VMCAS eLOR.  Instruction on submitting letters of recommendation to VMCAS can be found at http://aavmc.org/Applicant-Responsibilities/Evaluations.aspx. eLORs must be submitted to VMCAS by September 2, 2014 for Iowa residents and by October 2, 2014 at 1:00 PM Eastern Time for all other applicants.

Should the Admissions Committee need to clarify information provided in the application or recommendation, they may elect to contact the applicant or evaluator.


Graduate Record Exam (General Test)
(Use GRE Code 6315 - DO NOT USE CODE 6306
  There is no department code.)

Either the old or the new revised GRE will be accepted. GRE scores must be received by September 2, 2014 for Iowa residents and October 2, 2014 for all other applicants.


Official transcripts for ALL college-level coursework (undergraduate, graduate and continuing education) must be sent directly to VMCAS.  This includes Iowa State University students and alumni. Please send transcripts to:

                  VMCAS - Transcripts
                  P.O. Box 9126
                  Watertown, MA  02471


Official transcripts from ALL postsecondary institutions you have attended are required. This is necessary even though credits may show up as transfer credits on another institution's transcript, you took only one course at the institution, or you took the college credits during high school.

If credits taken at a foreign (non-U.S.) institution are used to fulfill a preveterinary requirement, the applicant must provide a copy of the foreign institution’s transcript, even if they appear as transfer credits on a U.S. institution’s transcript. This includes courses taken as study abroad.

If credits were taken for more than one term at a foreign institution, the applicant must provide a copy of the foreign institution's transcript.

The FINAL deadline for RECEIPT of transcripts is September 2, 2014 for Iowa residents and October 2, 2014 for all other applicants.

Fall 2014 and Spring 2015 transcripts need to be sent directly to Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine at the following address.

                  CVM Admissions
                  2270 Veterinary Medicine
                  Iowa State University                                                               Ames, IA  50010-3020


Iowa State College of Veterinary Medicine Supplemental Application
ALL APPLICANTS are required to complete the online ISU Veterinary Medicine Supplemental Application. The supplemental application will become available early June 2014.

IMPORTANT - You must start your VMCAS Application first and then your Supplemental Application.  You need your VMCAS ID number to create your Supplemental Application account.  Once your Supplemental Application account is created we are able to record information on your Status Page and communicate with you via the Message Board, the primary method of communication. Your VMCAS application does not need to be submitted before creating your Supplemental Application. 

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After completing the Supplemental Application, print a copy for your records. Submit the Supplemental Application and print the Signature Page. The signed Signature Page and a non-refundable $75 processing fee for US citizens or $95 processing fee for international applicants must be sent to the following address. Processing fees are good for two consecutive years.  (Degree seeking Iowa State University students and Iowa State University alumni do not need to pay the processing fee.)

Veterinary Medicine Admissions
2270 Veterinary Medicine
Iowa State University
P.O. Box 3020
Ames, IA 50010-3020

Checks for the processing fee should be made payable to Iowa State University. Please be sure your VMCAS ID is written on the signature page and on the check.

The FINAL deadline for submitting the Supplemental Application is September 2, 2014 for Iowa residents and October 2, 2014 for all other applicants.


International Applicants
International applicants are considered in the non-resident/non-contract pool of applicants and must meet the same criteria as U.S. applicants. If you are an international applicant, please review the Instructions for International Applicants.


Interviews are scheduled for the following dates. Dates are subject to change and more dates may be added if necessary.  Applicants will receive notification approximately 3-4 weeks prior to the interview. The interviews will be one hour in length and will be held from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.

  • November 15-16, 2014
  • December 6-7, 2014
  • January 17-18 2015
  • January 24-25, 2015


Checking Application Status
Applicants are responsible for checking the status of their application on their online Status Page. The Status Page is the first page you see when you log into your Supplemental Application. Upon receipt of the VMCAS application, applications will be reviewed for completeness, GPA eligibility, and required coursework. The Status Page will indicate what materials have been received, notes concerning any problems with the application and deadlines for resolving any problems. Interview offers and final statuses will also be posted on the Status Page. Failure to check the status of your application may result in your application being withdrawn from consideration.

Communication with the applicant will be via the messaging system on the Status Page and very occasionally by e-mail. Phone calls will not be accepted.  Please contact us with any concerns through the messaging system on the Status Page.  It is imperative that you check your messages and and other information on your Status Page frequently. If you have problems viewing your status page or supplemental application, please contact the programmer at mechler@iastate.edu.

It is the applicant's responsibility to see that all materials are received by the appropriate deadline and that the College is notified of how problems with their application will be remedied. By checking the Status Page frequently, applicants will be able to quickly resolve any problems with their application.

PLEASE NOTE:  Questions concerning the application will only be discussed with the applicant.  Due to confidentiality we cannot discuss the application with anyone else including parents, spouses, friends, employers, etc.


Last updated 4/10/2014

Iowa Resident Deadline

FINAL Deadline:  September 2, 2014

 Contract/Non-Resident Deadline

FINAL Deadline:  October 2, 2014 at
1:00 p.m. Eastern Time


Nebraska Residents vetmed.unl.edu/howtoapply


Admission Calendar with Deadlines

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Early June 2014 

  • VMCAS web application available
  • ISU-CVM supplemental application available

September 2, 2014
FINAL deadline for IOWA RESIDENT applicants

  • VMCAS Application
  • 3 letters of evaluation
  • All transcripts (to VMCAS)
  • GRE Received (General test only to ISU-CVM code 6315)
  • ISU Veterinary Medicine Supplemental Application (submitted, signature page and fee postmarked)

October 2, 2014 - 1:00 pm Eastern Time

  • VMCAS Application
  • 3 letters of evaluation
  • All transcripts (to VMCAS)
  • GRE Received (General test only to ISU-CVM code 6315)
  • ISU Veterinary Medicine Supplemental Application (submitted, signature page and fee postmarked)
November 15-16, 2014
First interview weekend (tentative)
December 6-7, 2014
Second interview weekend (tentative)

January 17-18, 2015
Third interview weekend (tentative)

January 24-25, 2015
Fourth interview weekend (tentative)

February 2, 2015
Fall 2014 transcripts due to the College of Veterinary Medicine, Iowa State University

February 16, 2015
Notification of final application status

April 1, 2015
Deadline to indicate you want to remain on the alternate list

April 15, 2015
Postmark date to accept offer of admissions and pay deposit

July 1, 2015
Postmark date for Spring 2015 transcripts