Steps to apply for admission to Oregon State University Carlson College of Veterinary Medicine:

  1. Begin the VMCAS application process online at: VMCAS
  2. Request all transcripts be sent direct to VMCAS, they must be received by September 16, 2024. For more information from VMCAS, visit Transcript verification
  3. Complete VMCAS with electronic letters of recommendation prior to September 16, 2024 deadline at 11:59 PM Eastern time zone/8:59 PM Pacific time zone. 
  4. Complete Oregon State University Supplemental Application questions on VMCAS by September 16, 2024 at 11:59 PM Eastern time zone/8:59 PM Pacific time zone.
  5. Pay supplemental fee of $60.00 via the applicant portal once you gain access (payments by mail will not be accepted). Completion of the payment will take place online, so there will be no shipping or delivery of any items. If you are approved for the VMCAS fee waiver, we can also waive our supplemental fee. Please provide confirmation of VMCAS waiver to

All payments will be processed within 24 hours and application review will begin after September 16, 2024 for admission to the Class of 2029.

For questions or concerns about this process please contact

*Note: International applicants follow the same application steps as above. All international transcripts must be articulated/translated to a U.S. (4.0) grading scale prior to submission to VMCAS. If you are applying from a non-English speaking country the TOEFL ( is required.

Below is detailed information for applying to Oregon State University Carlson College of Veterinary Medicine (OSU CCVM):

VMCAS Application

OSU CCVM participates in the Veterinary Medical Colleges Application Service (VMCAS), a centralized application processing service. You must complete and submit a VMCAS application to be considered for acceptance into OSU CCVM. For more information please visit the VMCAS site. 

  • VMCAS applications are available online beginning January 23, 2024.
  • If you are applying to more than one school, complete one VMCAS application and designate the schools to which you are applying in May.
  • VMCAS applications must be submitted electronically by 11:59 PM Eastern time zone/8:59 PM Pacific time zone on September 16, 2024.
  • Late applications will not be accepted.

VMCAS strongly encourages all applicants to submit their initial application/VMCAS fee, all official transcripts and at least 1 letter of recommendation by September 1 for guaranteed processing by the September 16, 2024 deadline.


Supplemental Application Questions

You must submit OSU CCVM supplemental application questions on VMCAS.

  • Supplemental application questions are available online on VMCAS as of May 9, 2024.
  • Supplemental application questions must be completed by September 16, 2024.
  • Late applications will not be accepted.
  • You must pay the $60 supplemental fee via the applicant portal once you gain access to it.
  • If you are approved for the VMCAS fee waiver, we can also waive our supplemental fee. Please provide confirmation of VMCAS waiver to

Letters of Recommendation

You must arrange to have three letters of recommendation sent to VMCAS.

  • You should select recommenders who know you well enough to provide meaningful comments.
  • At least one letter of recommendation must be from a veterinarian with whom you have had significant contact. Applications without at least one letter from a veterinarian will not be reviewed.
  • If you are currently in a graduate program, it is recommended to include a letter from your major adviser.
  • All three letters must be submitted electronically to VMCAS by 11:59 PM Eastern time zone/8:59 PM Pacific time zone on September 16, 2024.


Graduate Record Examination (GRE)

We are no longer requiring the GRE. There is no need to send us your scores as they will not be reviewed.



You must submit official transcripts from all institutions directly to VMCAS electronically or via the mail. 

  • Each transcript must be in an institutional letterhead envelope and sealed by the Registrar's Office. Sealed envelopes and transcripts marked "Issued to Student" are acceptable.
  • Include all institutions you have attended, even if the courses you took do not seem relevant to veterinary medicine or appear on another transcript.

  • If you earned college credit in high school, you must submit transcripts from the college granting the credit.
  • If you are an OSU student, you must request and submit transcripts from OSU.

If a school uses a system other than a 4.0 letter-grade scale, we require a grade conversion along with the transcript, if available.

  • If you complete courses at a foreign university not connected to a U.S. education abroad program, you must submit transcripts from the foreign university. If the foreign university uses a different grading scale than the U.S. system (a 4.0 grade scale), you must have the transcript evaluated by a professional evaluation service (for more information please visit the VMCAS website).
  • Transcripts are due to VMCAS by September 16, 2024.

  • All transcripts should be submitted to the following VMCAS address, not to OSU:
VMCAS Transcripts
P O Box 9126
Watertown, MA 02471
  • More information on the transcript verification process can be found on the VMCAS website

  • Applications missing transcripts will be considered incomplete and will not be reviewed. 


Testing Scores

OSU CCVM accepts the following credits for lower division courses: Advanced Placement (AP), College Level Examination Program (CLEP), and International Baccalaureate (IB) Credits.

  • Test credits for AP must be documented by either an official College Board score report or an official transcript indicating AP college credit submitted to OSU CCVM. Additional credits must be documented as follows:

    CLEP - Official CLEP transcript;

    IB - International Baccalaureate Certificate.


After initially reviewing all qualified Oregon resident applications, the admissions committee selects candidates for interviews. CCVM faculty members and representatives from the Oregon veterinary community will participate in the interview process. OSU utilizes the the Multiple Mini Interview (MMI) format. An MMI consists of a series of short, structured interview stations used to assess non-cognitive qualities including cultural sensitivity, maturity, teamwork, empathy, reliability and communication skills. Prior to the start of each mini interview rotation, candidates receive a question/scenario and have a short period of time (two minutes) to prepare an answer. Upon entering the interview room, the candidate has a short exchange with an interviewer/assessor (five minutes). At the end of each mini interview, the interviewer evaluates the candidate’s performance while the applicant moves to the next station. This pattern is repeated through a number of rotations. 

The situational questions posed in a MMI may touch on the following areas:

  1. Ethical Decision Making
  2. Critical Thinking
  3. Communication Skills
  4. Leadership/Management Skills
  5. Self-Awareness
  6. Creativity

Although participants must relate to the scenario posed at each station, it is important to note that the MMI is not intended to test specific knowledge in the field of veterinary medicine. Instead, the interviewers evaluate each candidate’s thought process and ability to think on his or her feet. As such, there are no right or wrong answers to the questions posed in a MMI, but each applicant should consider the question from a variety of perspectives.

*Applicants invited for interviews will be asked to sign a confidentiality agreement prior to the MMI.

  • If you are selected for an interview, you will be notified approximately 3-4 weeks prior to the actual interview, which usually occurs in January.
  • If you are a non-resident, you will not be interviewed but will be evaluated and ranked by all other areas as listed in Student Selection Criteria.


Residency Requirements

Approximately forty Oregon residents and forty non-residents will be accepted each year into the Carlson College of Veterinary Medicine at OSU.

Oregon residents are required to be certified as in-state residents by September 1, 2025. Any concerns regarding residency certification should be directed to the OSU Office of Admissions Residency Classification Officer. 


WICHE Applicants

The approximately forty available non-resident positions include positions for students who are applying through the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE) contract from Hawaii, Montana, New Mexico, North Dakota, and Wyoming. Under the terms of the WICHE Compact, select top-ranked certified students admitted from WICHE states are sponsored by their home state and pay resident tuition and fees. If you live in a WICHE state and would like to be considered for WICHE funding, you must apply to your home state for certification no later than October 15. 


Notification of Admission Status

You will be notified of your admission status between December-February. Admission decisions will be posted to your Applicant Portal. You will also receive an email notifying you that an update has been posted.

  • If you are not admitted and wish to be considered the following year, you will be required to submit new application materials. 

For more information please contact

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