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How Hard is it to Get Into Veterinary School? A Look at the Acceptance Rate

Posted by Lori Hehn on January 26, 2018 at 7:13 AM
Lori Hehn
Lori Hehn is a practicing veterinarian and a contributor and content manager with XPrep Learning Solutions. She has a drive for continual learning and enjoys interacting with veterinary and vet tech students. She also writes veterinary learning books for children.

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You have heard that it is nearly impossible to get into veterinary school. But, what odds are you looking at? Have you already been accepted? If so, Congratulations!

First, let's consider an acceptance rate:
  • There is a certain number of applicants, and out of this comes the number of actual qualified applicants. Schools have different requirements regarding the number of letters of recommendation, classes/credits taken, GPA, scores on the GRE, etc. and all requirements must be fulfilled to be considered. Note that the number of applicants listed in the chart below does not specify applicants vs. qualified applicants (as the website data from these schools doesn't always make that clear). The majority are qualified applicants, but it is important to point out this fact when interpreting the information.

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  • Out of the qualified applicants comes the number of people who are offered a position. This doesn't mean that all of those who are offered a position will take it. That being said, there is usually a standard class size per school. So if one person does not accept a position, the position is then offered to the next candidate on the list.

There are 30 accredited veterinary schools in the United States. I have compiled a chart with some basic numbers taken either directly from the school's website or with some help from this Vet School Rank Guide. Most of these schools have up to date statistics on their websites, but a few have missing numbers or outdated numbers.  With that in mind, please view this as an overall average.

Veterinary School:

Number of Applicants:

Number Admitted:

Percent Acceptance:

Colorado State

1,150

138

12

UC Davis

730

140

19.2

Ohio Sate

1417

162

11.4

Texas A&M

510

138

27

Wisconsin

1267

87

6.9

Cornell (outdated 2007/2008)

 

887

86

9.6

Minnesota

910

102

11.2

Kansas

1194

112

9.4

Georgia

834

102

12.2

Missouri

942

120

12.7

Michigan

901

113

12.5

Louisiana

798

88

11

Purdue

777

84

10.8

Iowa

???

148

 

Florida

867

110

12.7

Washington

1169

133

11.4

Western Health Sciences (Pomona, CA)

872

105

12

Auburn

1,111

120

10.8

North Carolina State

905

100

11

Virginia

1226

120

9.8

Tufts

1106

98

8.8

Penn

1533

123

8

Tuskegee

No info available

 

 

Oklahoma State

846

106

12.5

Illinois

900 average

130

14.4

Mississippi

950 average

85

9

Oregon

970

69

7

Tennessee

858

83

9.7

Midwestern University

???

114

 

Lincoln Memorial

???

115

 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Average Acceptance Rate: 11.7%

So, even with some discrepancy, it is safe to say that on average there is about a 10-15% acceptance rate to vet school. This will largely depend upon the number in the original applicant pool and how many positions are offered. If you are considering applying to vet school, check back soon for a post about how to maximize your chance for acceptance!                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

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