Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
To find answers to frequently asked questions, select a category of interest below:
What are the prerequisite courses?
The UFCVM requires 80 credits of specific college coursework in order to be eligible for admission. A complete list of prerequisites can be found on our website. Please note that the prerequisite courses are listed with UF prefixes and that many colleges and universities do not match up exactly with these classes. Should you have any questions regarding a class you are taking and whether or not it will fulfill a prerequisite, please contact StudentServices@vetmed.ufl.edu with your course number, institution, and a link to the course catalog and/or syllabus for the semester/year in which the course was taken.
Do I have to complete all of the required prerequisite courses before I can apply?
At the time of application, applicants should have completed at least 80% of prerequisites (not including Animal Science and Animal Nutrition).
Will you accept Advance Placement credit taken in high school?
Yes. We will accept these credits as long as they are documented on an undergraduate transcript. Please visit this page to learn more about AICE / AP / IB credits.
Can College Level Examination Program (CLEP) credit be used to fulfill prerequisites?
CLEP will be accepted based on the rules put forth by the University Registrar. More information can be found by clicking here.
Will you accept credits from courses taken at foreign institutions?
Yes. We will accept courses that have been transferred to a U.S. college and have been noted on a U.S. college transcript with a grade. All courses that are not included in a U.S. transcript must be evaluated by an education service in order for us to decide if it is acceptable.
What undergraduate majors does the UFCVM prefer in the admissions process?
The most common majors are Biology and Animal Science. That being said, the UFCVM does not have a preferred undergraduate major. The prerequisite courses can be completed in any major. We recommend majoring in an area that you enjoy and that will provide you with the background that you desire, as this will result in your best possible academic performance.
Where should I take the prerequisite courses?
You can take the prerequisite courses at any accredited two-year or four-year college or university. Be advised that many of our students complete some of their course work at community college but upper level science courses must be completed at a major university.
Please note that Biochemistry, Microbiology, Genetics, Animal Science, and Animal Nutrition must be completed at an accredited 4-year institution. Special attention must be taken for the following pre-requisites:
- Microbiology: We will not accept a course intended for allied health programs such as the one required for nursing majors.
- Animal Science: Biology courses such as Animal Behavior will not satisfy this agricultural based pre-requisite.
- Animal Nutrition: Biology courses such as Human Nutrition will not satisfy this agricultural based pre-requisite.
Is there a minimum GPA or GRE requirement?
The recommended minimum Science GPA is 3.00. It’s recommended that you have a GRE score at or above the 65th percentile on both the verbal and quantitative sections.
What are the average GPA and GRE statistics of an accepted UF vet student?
You can see complete class statistics and demographic information on this page.
How much pre-vet experience should I have before I apply?
There is not a minimum requirement for pre-vet experience when applying to the UFCVM. However, we recommend that you have at least 500 hours of experience working with veterinarians, either in a clinical or research setting. All types of experience are accepted, including, but not limited to paid experience, volunteering, shadowing, research, etc.
How many references do I need to apply?
The UFCVM requires a minimum of three references. At least one letter should come from a veterinarian and it is recommended to have two letters from veterinarians and one from an academic source. In some cases, a fourth letter of recommendation may provide additional insight and can be valuable. Committee letters are accepted.
How do I apply to the UF College of Veterinary Medicine (UFCVM)?
Complete a VMCAS application
The Veterinary Medical College Application Service (VMCAS) is required for all UFCVM applicants.
Complete the University of Florida Professional Application
The University of Florida Professional Application is required for all applicants to UF professional schools. Once you complete the application, you will be assigned a University of Florida Identification (UF ID) number which will be required to set up an account with the UFCVM. Please note that UF charges a $30 fee for this application. Applicants will also need to complete an Inventory of Pre-requisites and submit a professional-style 2″x2″ photo. Please see the application for instructions on submitting these materials.
Deadlines and Additional Information
For up-to-date information regarding admissions deadlines, click here.
Does UF charge a separate fee for the UF Professional Application?
Yes. The fee is $30.
Where should I send the payment for the UF Professional Application?
University of Florida
Office of Admissions
PO Box 2946
Gainesville, FL 32627-2946
Please note that if you mail the application fee to the UFCVM by mistake, the payment will be returned to sender, delaying the application process.
Do I have to participate in an interview to be accepted to the UFCVM?
Yes. The final step in the UFCVM admissions process is a 45-minute panel interview normally conducted in the beginning of February.
If I am out of the country or otherwise unable to check the status of my application, can I have friends or family contact you?
No. Your application is confidential. We can only release the information to the applicant.
Where do I mail my transcripts?
All transactions must be submitted to VMCAS by published deadline.
VMCAS – Transcripts
PO Box 9126
Watertown, MA 02471
Note: We will NOT forward transcripts to VMCAS if we receive them. We cannot forward transcripts once they are opened.
Do I need a transcript from every college I’ve ever attended?
Yes, applicants must send transcripts for all post-secondary institutions attended, regardless of whether “course credit transferred” appears on one particular transcript. This includes college coursework taken in high school.
What is your GRE school code?
The University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine GRE school code is 5753.
Please note: the University of Florida code is 5812. Although scores sent to this code will eventually reach our office, we would prefer that all scores be reported on 5753.
For more information about the GRE, please visit the ETS site.
When do I need to take the GRE ?
The GRE should be taken the month prior to the application deadline.
How do I know if my GRE scores have been received?
By checking into the account you created after completing the UF Professional Application and the UF Supplemental Documents. Please note: It can take between several days and several weeks for us to update your account after receiving your GRE scores depending on the volume of scores being received.
How do I find my percentile rank?
Your official GRE score report will contain your test scores as well as the associated percentile ranks. The percentile rank is based on the percentage of individuals who have taken the GRE recently and scored lower.
How old can my GRE scores be?
The Educational Testing Service (ETS) keeps your official GRE score(s) for five years since you tested. Therefore, it depends on when you sat for the GRE and when you will be ready to apply for admission to our DVM program.
How much does vet school cost?
Tuition for Florida Residents is $28,696 per year.
Tuition for Non-Sponsored students (out-of-state) is $45,500 per year and is fixed for all four years of your education regardless of any future changes in residency status.
Please visit this page for the most current tuition information.
How do I pay for vet school?
It is possible for students to fund their entire education with federally insured Direct Loans.
The primary financial aid instruments available to vet students are Direct Unsubsidized Loans and Direct PLUS Loans. You can find more information about these loan instruments by clicking here.
Are there scholarships available at the UFCVM?
Yes. The scholarships are awarded bi-annually by a faculty committee. There are very few scholarships that require an application and almost all scholarships are reserved for enrolled students. There are a small number of scholarships given to incoming freshmen based on residency and academic merit.