Frequently Asked Questions

No, we do not require a bachelor's degree to apply. However, a bachelor’s degree is strongly preferred, and many of our students also have graduate degrees.

We require 90 college credits to be completed by the time of matriculation. If you are admitted without 90 credits by matriculation, your offer will be rescinded.

To receive a supplemental assessment, you must have at least an overall GPA of 3.0 for cumulative work, all science-specific courses, and all prerequisite courses. If any of the separate GPAs are between 2.75-2.99, we will consider your application and review it for GPA trends and experiences before sending an assessment email.

We do not have an expiration date for coursework. However, we recommend completing recent coursework to ensure preparation for our rigorous program.

Please refer to our prerequisites page to see the required courses. The courses listed need to completed by the time of matriculation, which will be each June prior to classes starting.

We do not require a GRE. We will not view your score or use it in our consideration of your application if provided in VMCAS.

We require at least three letters of recommendation. At least one recommendation should be from an individual who can speak to your professional (not personal) interactions/experiences with animals. This could be a veterinarian, site coordinator, clinic manager, etc.

Applicants are required to provide, at minimum, one letter of recommendation from an individual who can speak to their professional experiences with animals. If you have participated in clinical activities or academic research, we would like to see letters of recommendation from professionals who worked with you. For example, a clinical or community service supervisor, and/or a research mentor.

We will review all letters you submit. Six is the maximum amount you can submit through VMCAS.

All letters of recommendation must be submitted through the VMCAS Letter of Evaluation/Recommendation service.

To receive a supplemental assessment, you must have at least an overall GPA of 3.0 for cumulative work, all science-specific courses, and all prerequisite courses. If any of the separate GPAs are between 2.75-2.99, we will consider your application and review it for GPA trends and experiences before sending an assessment email.

Each application year will be viewed as a new process. There is no guarantee individuals will be invited to complete an assessment if they have reapplied.

Your supplemental assessment is the primary screening tool for considering your application for an interview. Your entire applicant portfolio will be considered and reviewed for acceptance.

The American Veterinary Medicine Association (AVMA) facilitates an important process to help universities and students achieve the highest standards of education in any College of Veterinary Medicine (CVM).

In the fall of 2019, the College of Veterinary medicine received a Letter of Reasonable Assurance, the first step in our accreditation classification.

Following the admittance of our first class, we were granted Provisional Accreditation. While in provisional status, we will continue to supply evidence of our compliance with the accreditation standards and will be evaluated on our progress until the graduation of our first class.

Following the graduation of our first class, Accreditation status will be granted if there are no deficiencies in any of the Standards. Accreditation is granted for a period of up to seven years.  

Graduates of our program during Provisional Accreditation will be able to take the NAVLE and become fully boarded DVM practitioners with the same rights and abilities as graduates from fully accredited universities.

We can note if you are a previous applicant, but we will only see current VMCAS and supplemental materials.

It is up to you. Be highly critical of your answers and seek help to modify your responses. Minor revisions or corrections may be warranted. Try to reflect on the questions and see if your statements have changed based on new life experiences. Some may find that their responses have changed as a result of time between applications.

You can re-submit previously used letters of recommendation from your first application cycle, but we do not recommend this. Information about you may become outdated.

We encourage applicants to keep in contact with the individuals who provided letters so you can ask them to update the original letter, including adding new information about your recent experiences.

If you apply late in the admissions cycle, your application may not undergo numerous reviews before each round of acceptances. However, we still give each application a full review at least once.

We will interview around 300 applicants every year.

When reviewing applicants, we look at metrics, supplemental assessment, personal statements, letters of recommendation, and interview scores.

The UA CVM utilizes a holistic approach when selecting our incoming class. Holistic review guarantees a fair and equitable consideration of your entire application, including your experiences, attributes, and metrics. Note: There is a 3.0 minimum overall, science, and prerequisite GPA required to receive a supplemental assessment.

We do not accept letters of intent or updates.

The number of students on the waitlist varies year to year.

We will not rescind any offers until after April 15th since that is the deadline to accept or decline all offers. After April 15th, we will reach out and if we do not hear from the accepted student, we will rescind the offer.

With the limited number of positions that can be offered to prospective veterinary students, The University of Arizona College of Veterinary Medicine expects that students accepted will matriculate in the year in which they are accepted. Prospective students should only apply if they anticipate accepting admission in the year offered. However, under limited circumstances, accepted students may request a one-year deferral of matriculation for a maximum of one year. The request must be submitted in writing to the Director of Admissions by May 15 of the acceptance year. Examples of circumstances for which deferrals may be granted include:

  • Illness
  • Unanticipated family hardship
  • A meaningful educational opportunity (i.e. Fulbright, Rhodes, or Marshal scholarship)
  • Completion of military service

If a deferral is granted, to activate the acceptance for admission in the subsequent academic year, the deferred student must notify the Admissions Office no later than May 15 of the year of the deferred matriculation. In addition, it is expected that the student will submit a statement of activities during the deferral year and official transcripts for any academic work attempted or completed since the commencement of the deferral year.

VMCAS requires all accepted students who are granted deferrals to submit a new VMCAS application for the year they will be entering.

If students do not activate their acceptance to the University of Arizona’s College of Veterinary Medicine after one year, their acceptance will be withdrawn. If they wish to reapply, they must complete a new VMCAS application, including new supporting documents and pay the required fees. Reapplication will be competitive with all other applicants.

We strongly encourage students who are contemplating pursuing other academic degrees and/or travel to delay application until they are ready to matriculate if accepted into The University of Arizona College of Veterinary Medicine.


  • 85% Female
  • 15% Male
  • Average Age: 26
  • Age Range: 19-51
  • 35% Underrepresented Students
  • 39% First Generation
  • Class Composition is 46% Arizona residency and 64% nonresident

For graduates planning to stay and practice in Arizona, please visit the following website for information on acquiring Arizona licensure.

Arizona Licensing

For graduates who are planning to practice out of Arizona, visit the following link to find information about your specific licensing board.

ICVA Licensing Boards