Veterinary Scholars Program

The Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine offers a Veterinary Scholars Program. This program is designed to recruit highly qualified high school seniors to our DVM Program by offering the opportunity for early admission.  

Application Requirements

Students wishing to apply must meet the following requirements: 

  • High school GPA greater than or equal to 3.75/4.00
  • Standardized Tests (must have met the minimum score for either the SAT or the ACT)
    • Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) score of 1370 out of 1600 (current SAT)
    • American College Test (ACT) composite score of 29
  • Strong science and mathematics background

There are NO EXCEPTIONS to these requirements.

The 2023 Veterinary Scholars Application deadline is February 1, 2023

Completing the Application

The Veterinary Scholars application is separate from the Purdue University- West Lafayette (PUWL) application. Students must first submit their undergraduate application to PUWL. After submitting the undergraduate application, students should complete and submit the Veterinary Scholars applications and all supporting materials by the application deadline.   

Students do not have to be accepted to Purdue University- West Lafayette campus at the time of application to the Veterinary Scholars Program. However, offers of admission to the Veterinary Scholars Program will only be extended to those applicants who have been accepted to Purdue University-West Lafayette.

Application materials must be submitted online by February 1, 2023 to the College of Veterinary Medicine. The following items are necessary in order for an application to be considered complete:

  • Veterinary Scholars Application
  • Personal Evaluations:
    • Science teacher
    • Adult leader of an organization.

Name and contact information should be submitted within the application. Relatives or guardians should not perform personal evaluations.

(All information submitted by and on behalf of an applicant becomes the property of the Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine.)

Other Qualifications

The Veterinary Scholar Admissions Committee will conduct a holistic review to evaluate applicants. The following are considered when evaluating applicants:

  • Veterinary, animal, and research experience
  • Understanding of the profession
  • Communication skills
  • Extracurricular activities
  • Work experience
  • Honors & Awards
  • Leadership ability


Interviews are a required portion of the application process. Applicants selected for interviews will be invited to participate in Zoom interview. Interview invitations will be sent via email in early March. Interviews will be conducted in late March. Offers of admission to the Veterinary Scholars program are usually made by mid-April.

Acceptance to the Veterinary Scholars Program

Students who are accepted into the Veterinary Scholars Program are guaranteed a position in the DVM program if they successfully complete the required Pre-Veterinary courses and maintain the academic standards of the Veterinary Scholars Program. 

Veterinary Scholars are required to complete their undergraduate coursework at PUWL in a major of their choosing. Most Veterinary Scholars will be able to complete the required courses over a 3-year period and enter the DVM program in their fourth year of college.

The Veterinary Scholars Program is not associated with any special scholarships. Undergraduate scholarships are awarded through the Purdue University Division of Financial Aid.

Maintaining Eligibility        

Once admitted, students must meet the eligibility criteria outlined below. In the event that a student does not meet the academic and performance requirements, the offer of early provisional admission to the DVM program is void; however, the student may still apply for admission to the DVM program through the regular application process.

In order to maintain eligibility as a Veterinary Scholar, students must:

  • Maintain a cumulative grade point average (4.0 grade scale) greater than or equal to:
    • 3.25 for semester 1 
    • 3.25 for semester 2
    • 3.35 for semester 3
    • 3.35 for semester 4
    • 3.45 for all additional semesters
  • Complete all Pre-Veterinary course requirements with a grade of “C-" or better.
  • Have a core GPA of at least 3.5/4.0 at the completion of the Pre-Veterinary course requirements.
    • The College of Veterinary Medicine Admissions’ staff will calculate the core GPA.
    • The core GPA is determined by calculating the GPA from all courses that meet Pre-Veterinary subject requirements included below.
      • General Chemistry with lab (2 semesters)
      • Organic Chemistry with lab (2 semesters)
      • Biochemistry
      • Biology with lab (2 semesters)
      • Microbiology with lab
      • Genetics
      • Physics with lab (2 semesters)
      • Statistics
    • Grades for repeated prerequisite core courses will not be included when calculating the core GPA. 


Responsibility for academic advising of the Veterinary Scholars students will remain with the undergraduate advising offices in consultation with the Office of Admissions & Recruitment for the College of Veterinary Medicine. Veterinary school faculty mentors will be assigned to the Veterinary Scholars to assist them in further defining career goals. Additionally, veterinary students will be paired with incoming Veterinary Scholars as mentors.


  • The online application must be submitted by February 1st to be considered.
  • Evaluators must submit your evaluation online by February 1st.
  • Applicants will be informed of their status via email by early March.
  • Applicants invited for interviews will have their interview in late March.
  • Applicants will receive Veterinary Scholar admissions decision by mid-April.

Contact us:

Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine, 625 Harrison Street, West Lafayette, IN 47907, (765) 494-7607

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