Beginning with the '12-'13 application cycle (which opens in early-June, 2012), the LSU SVM will only accept the new GRE Revised General Test scores. However, for the '11-'12 application cycle, the LSU SVM will still accept scores from both the former GRE test as well as the GRE Revised General Test. More information regarding the GRE Revised General Test can be found at www.gre.org.
Applicants must take the General Graduate Record Examination (GRE) in the fall preceding application or earlier (I.E. - If applying for matriculation into the fall '12 then the GRE must be received no later than Nov. 15th, 2011.) Those students following a four-semester program must complete this test soon after beginning the sophomore year. Appropriate preparation and selection of a curriculum that contributes to an acceptable score are strongly suggested. Applicants who do not have GRE scores submitted by November 15 will not be considered for acceptance. GRE scores are only valid for five years from the date taken the test was taken. Scores received after November 15th will not be accepted. Scores are only accepted via electronic transfer directly from ETS. GRE scores are only valid for five years from the date taken the test was taken. No other exam scores are accepted - only General GRE scores.
* NOTE - If you plan to take the new GRE exam format being implemented on August 1st, it is STRONGLY urged to take the exam NO LATER THAN OCTOBER 1st, 2011. Exam scores for tests taken after October 1st, will very likely not be received by the November 15th deadline. *
The LSU SVM requires all applicants to take the General Graduate Record Exam (subject-specific exams are not accepted). The LSU SVM uses both the raw scores and the percentile scores in evaluating applicants. Only the highest total exam score is used, not the highest two sections from different test scores. The writing section of the GRE is not necessary for the LSU SVM; however applicants are strongly advised to verify this with all other schools of interest. GRE scores must be received by the LSU SVM no later than November 15, 2011. Scores received after November 15th will not be accepted. Scores are only accepted via electronic transfer directly from ETS.
The LSU SVM is a separate school from LSU’s main campus and has its own school code for the submissions of GRE scores. All GRE scores must be sent to the following codes when submitting your GRE scores to the LSU SVM:
SVM School Code - 6381
(listed as "Louisiana St U Vet Med")
As seen on ETS's Official Institution Code List, there are ten different schools that are associated with "Louisiana State U". Applicants MUST choose to have the GRE scores sent specifically to the "Louisiana State U Sch Vet Med". Failure to use the exact school code given above will result in your scores NOT being received at the LSU SVM. Scores sent to LSU's Graduate School will NOT be accessible by the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine.
NOTE - You do NOT have to resubmit your GRE score if you applied during the '08-'09 application cycle or more recent application cycles and your GRE score was recorded by the LSU SVM Admissions Office. If you have retaken the GRE score since your initial submission from 2008 to present and earned a higher score, you must have ETS send your recent scores to the LSU SVM.
What does it take to be a competitive applicant? While the minimum Required Course GPA for eligibility is a 3.00, just meeting the minimum GPA requirement will not make an applicant competitive. There is no minimum GRE score; however applicants should certainly have a score as close to the average as possible (obviously higher than the average is better). An applicant has to be competitive on a broad scale, as there are three objective areas and two subjective areas (for more qualified applicants) that are evaluated during the admissions process. Interested applicants should visit the "Previous Class Statistics" page to get a better idea of what the class averages are that it will take to be competitive in the applicant pool. It is also strongly advised that interested applicants also read through the "Applicant Selection Procedure" page.