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How to Apply for Admission - '14-'15
ALL APPLICATION MATERIALS
 
Deadline
  * VMCAS applicationOct. 2
  * Letters of recommendation   Oct. 2
  * Official Transcripts from
     ALL schools attended
Oct. 2
  * Supplemental app & feeOct. 15
  * General GRE score(s)Nov. 15
  * Fall '14 official transcriptsFeb. 1

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Applicants are strongly advised to carefully follow all application instructions to avoid any problems during the application process. There are several steps to the application process, and all listed application materials must be submitted to be eligible for consideration.

 

Early submission of all application material is strongly encouraged, as it allows the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine Admissions Office to verify receipt of materials before the deadline. Due to the high volume of applications, exceptions to the given deadlines will not be considered. It is vitally important for all applicants to understand that the application deadlines must be met. Please remember, acceptance into any of the professional DVM programs across the country is very difficult, as there are hundreds of applicants being received for a much smaller number of available seats in the upcoming classes. The first step to the application process is submitting all material in a timely fashion.

 

All applicants must submit a current application each year they wish to be considered for admissions to the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine. This includes a new VMCAS application and letters of recommendation, all official college transcripts, official GRE scores via ETS (* see below for exception) and the LSU SVM Supplemental Application.

 

IMPORTANT - The VMCAS application should be started first before doing anything else. Your VMCAS ID number will be necessary for the following reasons:

 

    • ALL letters of recommendation (known as eLORs) MUST be submitted online through the VMCAS service.
    • You must have a VMCAS ID number in order to complete the LSU SVM Supplemental Application.
    • You must include your VMCAS identification number in all email communication with the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine's Admissions Office.


 


VMCAS APPLICATION


All applicants to the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine must apply through Veterinary Medical College Application Service (VMCAS). For complete instructions on the VMCAS application procedure, please go to the VMCAS web site (see VMCAS fee chart.) The VMCAS application will open up on June 5th, 2014.

 

The VMCAS application, fee and three eLORS must be submitted absolutely no later than October 2, 2014 at 1:00pm (EASTERN Time). There are no exceptions to the October 2nd deadline!

 

 

 

IMPORTANT - When entering your coursework into the VMCAS system, please follow the directions closely. LIST ALL COURSES EXACTLY AS SEEN ON YOUR TRANSCRIPTS. LIST EVERY INSTANCE OF A COURSE IF A COURSE WAS REPEATED.

 

One of the biggest errors made deals with applicants entering their coursework. Enter ALL undergraduate/graduate coursework AS SEEN ON YOUR TRANSCRIPTS, and please use the correct PreReq Code. (For example, enter ALL biology courses under the "BS BL - Biology" PreReq Code. Do NOT exclude any coursework. The LSU SVM will decide what courses are to be used as prerequisites and which will not. Failure to follow the VMCAS instructions (and the LSU SVM instructions) can result in your application being removed from the applicant pool.


 

 


eLORs (ELECTRONIC LETTERS OF RECOMMENDATION)


ALL letters of recommendation (eLORs) must be submitted electronically through the VMCAS application process. Applicants and evaluators will now be able to easily track the progress of their eLORS online.

 

The required minimum of THREE letters of recommendation must be submitted to VMCAS no later than the Oct. 2nd deadline. It is the applicant's responsibility to ensure that evaluators submit the eLORs through VMCAS by the Oct. 2nd deadline. No letters of recommendation will be accepted after the October 2, 2014 deadline.

 

Letters of recommendation sent directly to the LSU SVM will NOT be accepted, and a maximum of six eLORs will be accepted by the LSU SVM. Committee letters are only considered as one letter of recommendation. NOTE - It is highly advised that at least two of your eLORs be written by DVMs for whom you may have worked.

 

Questions about VMCAS Application and/or eLORS?
Questions regarding the VMCAS application process and/or the submission of the electronic letters of recommendation should be directed to VMCAS either through the Student and Advisor Hotline at 617-612-2884, or by email at vmcasinfo@vmcas.org.


 


 


OFFICIAL UNDERGRADUATE/GRADUATE TRANSCRIPTS


All official transcripts for college-level coursework (undergraduate, graduate, or continuing education) SHOULD be sent to VMCAS no later than September 1st, 2014 for priority processing.  The absolute final deadline for all official transcripts to be sent to VMCAS is October 2nd.  Do NOT send any official transcripts directly to the LSU SVM Admissions Office; All transcripts MUST be sent directly to VMCAS at the exact address below.

 

VMCAS – Transcripts
P.O. Box 9126
Watertown, MA 02471
 

***  Transcript should only be sent directly to VMCAS and NOT to the LSU SVM Admissions Office. ***

Transcripts must arrive in sealed envelopes directly from the granting institution. If an institution has the means to send electronic transcripts through a verification service such as www.scrip-safe.com, then applicants should contact VMCAS directly via the Student and Advisor Hotline at 617-612-2884 or by email at vmcasinfo@vmcas.org. Applicants are required to submit official transcripts from EVERY SCHOOL ATTENDED with all post-secondary coursework regardless of the number of courses completed at one institution or whether the courses fulfill or do not fulfill the LSU SVM prerequisites. 

 

Applicants who have international transcripts should also contact VMCAS directly to determine the exact method in which the international transcripts should be submitted to VMCAS.

 

 

 

 


SUPPLEMENTAL APPLICATION & FEE


The LSU SVM requires all applicants to complete and submit a supplemental application in addition to the VMCAS application. The LSU SVM Supplemental Application must be electronically submitting no later than October 15th, 2014 at 12:00pm NOON (Central Standard Time). The supplemental application must be submitted electronically - Printed, mailed hard copies will not be accepted.

 

The $75 non-refundable application fee can only be mailed to the LSU SVM's Admissions Office and must be postmarked no later than October 15, 2014. (Make checks and money orders payable to "Louisiana State University" - Cash and credit card payments cannot be accepted.) Please write your VMCAS ID on the check or money order. Failure to do so could result in your application being declined. 

 

IF YOU CHOOSE TO OVERNIGHT YOUR FEE OR SEND IT VIA EXPRESS OR PRIORITY MAIL, you should only use UPS, FedEx or FedEx Ground. Do NOT use the USPS for express/priority mailings, as it will actually take longer to arrive at the LSU SVM Admissions Office. To ensure your express/priority package is delivered in the most timely fashion through UPS, FedEx or FedEx Ground, please use the following exact address:
 

 

Director of Admissions & Enrollment
Office of Student and Academic Affairs
LSU School of Veterinary Medicine
Skip Bertman Drive, 1909 Freight Dock
Baton Rouge, LA 70803
 

Applicants are strongly encouraged to NOT use the USPS for express/priority mailings, as it will actually take longer to arrive at the LSU SVM Admissions Office.  However, if one chooses to use the United States Postal Service, the exact address to which the $75 supplemental application fee must be mailed is:

 

Director of Admissions & Enrollment
Office of Student and Academic Affairs
LSU School of Veterinary Medicine
Skip Bertman Drive
Baton Rouge, LA 70803

 

Any questions regarding the supplemental application & fee can be directed to the LSU SVM Admissions Office at svmadmissions@lsu.edu or (225)578-9538.

 

 

 

 


 


GRADUATE RECORD EXAM (GRE)


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 How to order your GRE scores online.necessary for the LSU SVM; however applicants are strongly advised to verify this with all other schools of interest. If applying for matriculation into the fall '15, the GRE scores must be received by the LSU SVM no later than Nov. 15th, 2014. 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 - No scores taken prior to August 1st, 2011 will be accepted for the '14-'15 application cycle. *

 

 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 (code 6373) are NOT accessible by the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine.

 

 

NOTE - If you have applied to the LSU SVM within the past two years and received confirmation directly from the LSU SVM Admissions Office (via the LSU SVM Online Status Check System) that your official scores were received, then you do NOT need to resubmit your scores. If you have retaken the GRE score since your previous submission and earned a higher score, you must have ETS send your recent scores to the LSU SVM.

 

 


 


FALL '14 OFFICIAL TRANSCRIPTS


All official transcripts for the fall '14 must be submitted directly to the LSU SVM Admissions Office by no later than February 1, 2015, at the address given below. Transcripts should only be sent directly to the LSU SVM Admissions Office and must be in a sealed university envelope if not sent electronically through the transcript service below.  Applicants will be notified via the LSU SVM Online Status Check System if fall '14 transcripts are required. (Not all applicants must submit a fall '14 transcript.)

 

IF YOU CHOOSE TO OVERNIGHT YOUR FEE OR SEND IT VIA EXPRESS OR PRIORITY MAIL, you should only use UPS, FedEx or FedEx Ground. Do NOT use the USPS for express/priority mailings, as it will actually take longer to arrive at the LSU SVM Admissions Office. To ensure your express/priority package is delivered in the most timely fashion through UPS, FedEx or FedEx Ground, please use the following exact address:
 

 

Director of Admissions & Enrollment
Office of Student and Academic Affairs
LSU School of Veterinary Medicine
Skip Bertman Drive, 1909 Freight Dock
Baton Rouge, LA 70803
 

Applicants are strongly encouraged to NOT use the USPS for express/priority mailings, as it will actually take longer to arrive at the LSU SVM Admissions Office.  However, if one chooses to use the United States Postal Service, the exact address to which the $75 supplemental application fee must be mailed is:

 

Director of Admissions & Enrollment
Office of Student and Academic Affairs
LSU School of Veterinary Medicine
Skip Bertman Drive
Baton Rouge, LA 70803

 

If an institution has the means to send electronic transcripts through a verification service such as www.scrip-safe.com, be sure to send the transcripts to the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine's Admissions Office using the following email address: svmadmissions@lsu.edu.