“Due to many colleges shifting to pass/fail online instruction only during Spring 2020, the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine will consider prerequisite courses to be acceptable if completed in Spring 2020 with a Passing grade (in place of the usually-required letter grade).”


Listed below are the minimum academic requirements for admission to the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree program.

  • A cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.00.
  • A cumulative VMCAS science grade point average (GPA) of 3.00.
  • All prerequisite courses must be graded. Students who attend institutions that do not award grades will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.
  • All required course work must be completed by the end of the spring term of the year in which DVM matriculation is sought.
  • There is no option to complete prerequisite courses during the summer term of the year of matriculation.
  • No more than two prerequisite courses may be incomplete during the spring term.
  • If an applicant fails to register or withdraws from a prerequisite course projected for spring term completion, his/her application will be removed from consideration and any offer of interview or admission will be null and void.
  • If an applicant falls below the minimum grade point average requirement (3.00) after fall grade entry their application will be denied.
  • Students must earn a C- or better in all required courses.
  • Required courses in which a D or F was earned must be repeated.
  • Both the original and repeat grades will be included in grade point calculations.
  • The college does not require any specific undergraduate major. However, it is strongly recommended that applicants enroll in degree programs which will also prepare them for alternate career goals should they not be successful in applying to veterinary school.
  • Students majoring in liberal arts or other non-science disciplines are advised that they may find less difficulty in dealing with the veterinary curriculum if they do not limit their science studies to the minimum course requirements.
  • Advanced placement/credit by examination guidelines:
    • AP credit is permitted to meet the 8 semester hour Physics prerequisite requirement if a student is awarded the full 8 semester hours.
    • Proficiency or AP credit is allowed for Biology and Chemistry if it is followed up by more advanced college level courses in those science areas.
    • AP credit must appear on the college transcript.