Colorado State University Veterinary School

Colorado State University Veterinary School claims to be the BEST place to get a DVM degree. Read on to see if it’s the best place for you!

Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM)

The DVM program at Colorado State University Veterinary School is a four year program. The first two years are completed on the primary campus.These first two years consist of an overall education of veterinary and bio medical sciences supplemented with hands-on and clinical practice. The second half of the DVM program includes involved participation at the teaching hospital via clinical rotations.As part of the experience, students evaluate patients, meet with clients, develop treatment plans and provide hands-on care under faculty veterinarians.


Colorado State University Veterinary School is located in Fort Collins,Colorado – approximately 65 miles from Denver. The Colorado State University Veterinary School and Biomedical Sciences is comprised of eight main buildings, which include:

• Teaching Hospital
• Animal Cancer Center
• Animal Population Health institute
• Integrated Livestock Management Program
• Equine Orthopedic Research Center
• Diagnostic Medicine Center




Office of the Dean
(970) 491-7051

Colorado State University
College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences
1601 Campus Delivery
Fort Collins, CO 80523-1602


Quick Facts

1. Application Deadline
Applications are due October 2nd.
2. GRE or MCAT
The GRE is required; MCAT is not permissible as a substitute.GRE scores must be from on or after October 1, 2007. Results must be reported by October 2.
3. Students
Approximately 500 students are currently enrolled in the four year DVM program.
4. Four-year Total Tuition Cost
Tuition rates for the DVM degree:

In State Tuition: $105,804 ($26,451/year)
Out of State Tuition:
$217,076 ($54,269/year)

5. Accreditation
Colorado State University Veterinary School was given
full accreditation status by the American Veterinary Medical Association.

NAVLE Minimum Pass Rate to remain in Good Standing: 80%
NAVLE pass rate Colorado State University Veterinary School:
95% (Class of 2011)
NAVLE – North American Veterinary Licensing Examination

6. School Rank
Colorado State University Veterinary School was ranked #3 by US News and World Reports in 2011.

7. School History
Colorado State University was founded in 1870.

8. Transfer Students


Admissions Information

Evaluation Basis

1. Quality of Academic Program – This category includes the academic performance of the applicant, including GRE, the type of upper level biomedical science courses taken, ability of applicant to carry a full schedule, employment during academic term, and special circumstances.
2. Additional Factors – The items considered under this category are outside of the typical academic background.These include extracurricular activities,overall achievement and leadership roles, animal and veterinary experiences,written communication skills, recommendations, the application itself and any disadvantages the applicant may have (economic, educational,cultural/environmental).
3. Early Review Decisions – Based upon the number of applicants, an early screening will be completed based upon the applicant’s perceived capability to manage a tough upper level science curriculum.
4. Overall Philosophy of Admissions Committee –Each year, the committee discusses the acceptance criteria due to changes in the profession.

Letters of Recommendation/Evaluations (a total of 3)

1. Veterinarian
2. Advisor/Professor
3. Employer


Acceptance Rate
9.2% (138 accepted out of 1,494 applicants – 2012).

Out of the typical 138 of the accepted incoming students:

• 75 are for residents of Colorado
• 30-35 are for WICHE contracts which include Arizona, Hawaii, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota and Wyoming
• 30-35 are for non-residents; 5 of which are reserved for North Dakota residents



• VMCAS Application Deadline – Oct 2 at 11:00 am MST
Supplemental Deadline – Oct 2 at 11:00 am MST
• GRE Score Deadline – Nov 30
• Acceptances Mailed – December and January


Before you Apply

A bachelor’s degree is NOT required; neither is a specific major as long as the required courses are completed.However, 60 semester credits are needed for admission.

There is no time limit for the prerequisite course work; however all pre-requisite courses must be completed with a C- or better. If the course work is more than 10 years old,an indication of the current ability of the applicant may be required.


Pre-requisite Course Requirements
All pre-requisite courses should be completed with a C- or better. All prerequisite course grades must be received by July 15 prior to the fall semester the student will matriculate into the DVM program.

Math and Science Prerequisite Courses (minimum semester credits)

• Biology lab (1)
• Genetics (3)
• Chemistry lab (1)
• Biochemistry (3)
• Physics I and lab (4)
• Statistics (3)

General Education Requirements (minimum semester credits)

• *Arts and Humanities and Social Sciences (12)
• English (3)
• Electives (30)

*Art, dance, English, humanities, foreign language, music, philosophy, speech, theater, anthropology, economics, geography, history, political sciences, psychology, sociology

Additional Recommended Courses

• Microbiology
• Cell Biology
• Developmental Biology
• Computer Sciences
• Anatomy
• Physiology
• Histology
• Nutrition


Required Experience
Veterinary and Animal Experience
A specific amount of veterinary medical experience is not required but highly recommended.The average level of experience for the last admitted class to the Colorado State University Veterinary School was 1,000 to 2,000 hours of each – Veterinary AND Animal.

Statistics for the Admitted Class of 2016

Total Applications………………………1,494
Number of MN Residents…………………..264
Number of WICHE Contract Applicants…151
Number of Non-Resident……………….…..1,079
Mean cumulative GPA…………………………3.60
Verbal Mean ……………………………………….…537
Quantitative Mean………………………………..664
Mean Age……………………………………….………25
Male to Female Ratio…………..32:106 (0.302)


Degrees Offered


• Microbiology or Pathology
• Biomedical Sciences
• Environmental or Radiological Health Sciences
• Clinical Sciences


• Microbiology or Pathology

Dual Degree Programs

• Business Certificate Program