Admissions Process Calendar

Class Entering Fall 2025 (Class of 2029)

The VMCAS application will open January 23, 2024 to give applicants more time to complete their application. Applicants will not be able to select specific veterinary schools until May 9, 2024. Iowa State’s Veterinary Medicine supplemental application will also open May 16, 2024.

May 9, 2024

May 16, 2024

May 16, 2024 or ASAP

  • Contact or remind recommenders. Verify they are willing to provide a letter of reference for you.

August 1, 2024 (or earlier)

  • Order transcripts from ALL post-secondary schools you have attended. This is needed even if the courses show on another school’s transcript, were taken in high school, or only one non-required course was taken.

August 15, 2024 (approximate)

  • Check VMCAS for receipt of transcripts, recommendations. Follow up with transcript institution or recommender FIRST, then check with VMCAS if necessary. Give yourself time to correct problems BEFORE the deadline.

September 16, 2024, 11:59 pm Eastern Daylight Time (10:59 pm CDT)

  • VMCAS application submitted
  • At least 3 letters of evaluation submitted (Up to 6 will be accepted)
  • Send all transcripts to VMCAS no later than September 16, 2024 – If you want your Summer 2024 grades to be considered in your initial academic evaluation, the transcript with grades must be received by VMCAS by September 16, 2024
  • ISU Veterinary Medicine Supplemental Application (electronically submitted)
  • ISU Signature page submitted electronically and fee paid online OR signature page and fee mailed and postmarked

September 17, 2024

January 20, 2025

  • Transcripts for Summer 2024 (if not sent initially) and Fall 2024 due – THIS IS A FIRM DEADLINE in order to get final statuses out by February 14, 2025.  Official transcripts need to be sent directly to Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine. If your school has the option of sending the transcripts electronically (preferred), please email When ordering electronic transcripts, you may need to put this email in the “third-party” option. Do not send to Iowa State University Admissions Office or they may be misplaced. They must be sent to the CVM Admission address below. Current Iowa State degree seeking students or alumni do not need to send transcripts. Our office will pull copies.
  • If sending via mail, please use the following address.

CVM Admissions
2270 Veterinary Medicine
1800 Christensen Drive
Iowa State University
Ames, IA  50011-1134

February 14, 2025

  • Notification of final application status (admit, alternate, deny) will be given no later than February 14, 2025 after 5:00 pm Central Time

March 1, 2025 

  • Priority deadline for submitting FAFSA 2025-26

March 17, 2025

  • Deadline for submission of Remain on Alternate List Form

April 15, 2025

  • Postmarked date to accept offer of admissions and pay deposit

July 1, 2025

Dates and deadlines for the 2025-26 admissions cycle will be similar.  Updated calendar will be available in May.