Admission Requirements

Pre-Veterinary Minimum Course Requirements

Students interested in a veterinary medical education at Purdue must complete the required undergraduate course work by the end of the spring semester prior to beginning the DVM program. Each required course must be completed with a "C-" grade (1.7 on a 4.0 scale) or better. Applicants also must maintain a competitive cumulative grade point average. Prerequisite Course Requirements

Applicants with questions regarding acceptable prerequisite courses may email Applicants must have a cumulative GPA (including all grades from repeated courses) of no less than 3.10 to receive consideration.

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Admissions Evaluation Criteria

A holistic approach is used to evaluate applicants to identify individuals who are the best fit for our program and who contributes to multiple aspects of diversity. Evidence of academic abilities to succeed in the rigorous DVM program is required. There are no minimum requirements for particular experiences, but we seek individuals with a good understanding of the veterinary profession and broad experiences.

The following criteria are considered in evaluation of applicants.

Academic Performance 55% (Factors Considered*)

  • Cumulative grade point average
  • Core grade point average**
  • Overall academic performance

Non-Academic Activities 45% (Factors Considered*)

  • Animal experience (without the supervision of a Veterinarian)
  • Research experience (does not have to be animal related)
  • Veterinary experience (with the supervision of a Veterinarian)
  • Demonstrated leadership ability
  • Communication skills
  • Interview
  • References
  • Knowledge of veterinary medicine
  • Motivation towards the veterinary profession
  • Extracurricular activities
  • Paid employment experience
  • Professionalism

*The above factors are not listed in order of importance. 

**Core GPA includes only the math and science prerequisite courses


Applicants must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.10 on a 4.00 scale and no less than a "C-" grade in each and every prerequisite course in order to receive consideration for admission to the DVM program. Competitiveness in any particular year is determined by the quality and number of applicants in the pool for that admission cycle.

This information is subject to change as a result of action by the Admissions Committee. Scoring is considered confidential by the Admissions Committee and will not be shared.