The selection of students is a three-phase process, usually completed by late-February in the year of matriculation. All applications are screened initially to ensure they meet minimum standards.
Phase One – Cognitive Evaluation
The initial applicant assessment ranks all qualified applicants (usually between 850 to 950) numerically according to a composite score derived from the Cumulative and Illinois Science Grade Point Averages, the GRE percentile score, and an evaluation of the rigor of the undergraduate collegiate academic experience.
Phase Two – Non-Cognitive Evaluation
The second phase of the assessment process is a non-academic evaluation by the Admissions Advisory Committee. Each application is read by a minimum of 3 members of the Committee who have not seen the Phase One information. Committee members reading applications evaluate the Veterinary Medical College Application Service (VMCAS) application and the additional Illinois questions embedded in the VMCAS application. The non-academic score is determined by the following factors:
- VMCAS personal essays
- Illinois Supplemental essay
- Veterinary-related experience
- Animal-related experience
- Other experiences (research, international studies, business, agribusiness, other careers before application)
- Special recognition (academic, personal, or professional)
- Community service/citizenship
- Initiative/enterprising activities
- Electronic Letters of reference (ELOR)
Phase Three – Interview
- Over 350 applicants (approximately 150 Illinois residents and 200-250 non-residents) will be offered a personal interview to be scheduled in mid-to-late February.
All applicants will interview on one single day with one of 23 or more teams of interviewers. Each team is comprised of a college faculty member, a graduated veterinarian alumnus/alumna, and a third or fourth year veterinary student. A behavior-based interview style is used to assess skills, knowledge, attitudes, and aptitudes pertinent to successful completion of the curriculum and a successful future as a practicing veterinarian. Phase I scoring is not considered in the final ranking.
Final scores for ranking eligibility for admission are derived as follows:
- Phase Two score = 75% of final decision
- Phase Three score = 25% of final decision
Recent Admissions Statistics
The competitive applicant at our college in recent years has had:
- An average Cumulative GPA of 3.59
- An average Science GPA of 3.49
- An average GRE composite percentile of 63%
- A wide variety of experience with both large and small animals
- Experience working for several veterinarians (No specific number of contact hours is required for admission.)
Approximately 130 students each year are accepted to the professional program leading to the DVM degree.
- Approximately 70 are Illinois resident applicants.
- Approximately 60 are non-resident applicants.