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Fall 1998 Vol.22 No.4
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Guaranteed Admissions Program Announced

A new program will guarantee admission to veterinary school for qualified Illinois residents enrolled in a degree program at any four-year, bachelor-degree-granting college or university in Illinois.

A limited number of guaranteed positions in the four-year professional veterinary degree program will be offered each year to undergraduate students who demonstrate outstanding academic abilities and a strong interest in veterinary medicine. The Guaranteed Admissions Program to the College of Veterinary Medicine is an opportunity for students to develop an ongoing relationship with a veterinary faculty member and a practitioner—as well as with the College—throughout their pre-veterinary education.

Applicants to the guaranteed admission program must have completed two semesters as a full-time student, have taken at least three prerequisite college-level science courses, and have earned cumulative and science grade-point averages of at least 3.5/4.0 at the time of application.

While in the program, students must maintain a 3.5/4.0 cumulative and science grade-point average. Students will meet regularly with an academic faculty adviser from the College of Veterinary Medicine and a veterinary practitioner mentor. Students will be evaluated at the end of each spring semester for satisfactory academic performance and progress. Students must enter the professional veterinary program within five years of beginning their college career and must have completed the minimum prerequisite course requirements.

Persons interested in the guaranteed admission program may request an application after February 1. The application period is from June 1 to September 1. The admissions advisory committee at the College will select students for guaranteed admission on the basis of academic performance, demonstration of work experience with animals, and a strong knowledge of and interest in veterinary medicine.

For more information, call 217/333-1192 or write: University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine, Office for Academic and Student Affairs, 2001 South Lincoln Avenue, Urbana, IL 61802;

Admission to veterinary school is highly competitive. For the class entering in the fall of 1998, there were 265 qualified applicants from Illinois and more than 900 qualified applicants from out of state.

Here are the stats on the current freshman class:

24 men and 79 women

93 Illinois residents and 10 non-residents

Average age: 24.2 years

Average cumulative grade-point average: 3.58/4.0

84 have a bachelor’s degree, 6 have a master’s degree, and 13 entered the DVM program before completing a bachelor’s

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