Illinois residents may apply to the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine after completing three years of college, but the majority of students accepted have earned a bachelor’s degree. We suggest that you follow the program for a major in Biology or Biochemistry. Minimum requirements for veterinary school are eight semester credits in biology, 16 in chemistry, eight in physics and at least 30 semester credits in humanities and social science studies. The University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine recommends that you complete courses in genetics and biochemistry. We strongly recommend that you take the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) during the spring of your junior year. Apply to the Veterinary School in July with a deadline of October 1 through the Veterinary Medical Colleges Application Service (VMCAS). The mean cumulative grade point average is approximately 3.5 (on a 4-point scale).
Interviews by, and recommendation letters from, the Health Science Recommendations Committee should be arranged for during the spring or fall semester of the junior or senior year respectively.