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Application Process

Below you will find the application materials required for the LMU-CVM Class of 2023.  Prior to applying, we highly encourage all applicants to review the requirements to be considered for admission.

Required Application Materials


LMU-CVM uses the Veterinary Medical College Application (VMCAS) to make the application process smooth for applicants.  VMCAS is a centralized application service that processes and verifies application materials.

The deadline is September 17th at 11:59pm Eastern Standard Time. This means that your application must be completed in its entirety with all required documentation submitted to VMCAS by September 17th.   We highly encourage all applicants to apply early in the admissions cycle to avoid online transmission congestion.  Applications not considered complete and verified by VMCAS will not be considered for admission.

GRE Scores will be sent directly to VMCAS.  These must be received by the September 17th deadline.



Other Materials

Graduate Record Exam (GRE) Scores

GRE Scores will be sent directly to VMCAS.  Please use the code 7576 when ordering your GRE scores.   Please keep in mind these must be received by VMCAS no later than the September 17th deadline.


As part of your VMCAS application, you must submit transcripts for all courses completed through Summer 2019 directly to VMCAS.  Read more about the VMCAS transcript verification process here:  Do not send these transcripts directly to LMU-CVM. If you are taking classes during the 2018-2019 school year:
  • Fall 2019 transcripts are due to LMU-CVM no later than January 31, 2020
  • Winter/Spring 2020 transcripts are due no later than June 30, 2020

Transcripts sent by applicants will not be accepted. Official Fall/Spring transcripts can be mailed to: LMU-CVM Office of Veterinary Admissions 6965 Cumberland Gap Parkway Harrogate, TN 37752 or electronically to [email protected] In order to be considered official, transcripts must be sent directly from the college/university to LMU. 

Letters of Recommendation

As part of your VMCAS application, you are required to submit electronic Letters of Recommendation (eLORs).  LMU-CVM requires at least 3 letters of recommendation:

  • 1 letter from a college professor,
  • 1 letter from a veterinarian, and
  • 1 letter from a previous or current employer

Specific details on the eLOR process can be found on the VMCAS website.

Letters of Recommendation must be submitted through your VMCAS application. Letters sent directly to LMU-CVM will be not accepted.

Applicant Review Process

Curious to know what happens with your application after it has been submitted? The process below describes how applicants are reviewed and considered for admission into the LMU-CVM Class of 2024.


As application materials are received and processed by the Student Services and Admissions Office, applicants will receive a confirmation email.

After the September 17th deadline,  incomplete applications will result in an automatic withdrawal from the admissions cycle.


The Office of Student Services and Admission conducts a thorough and holistic review of every complete application. Applicants must meet the minimum requirements in order to be considered for an interview. However, meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee an interview. Academic reviews will take place from May to February, or until all qualified applications have been reviewed.

Application will be reviewed using the following benchmarks:

  • Overall grade point average (GPA), Science GPA, GPA in last 2 years of full time study
  • Score on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE)
  • Leadership skills evidenced by participation in jobs, the military, athletics, student government or holding office in student clubs and organizations that foster development of communication, collaboration and adaptability.
  • Well-rounded life that demonstrates a judicious balance of academic achievement, community service, and personal interests
  • Experience, knowledge and commitment to the veterinary profession
  • Written communication skills as evaluated in essay questions
  • Letters of recommendation from a professor, veterinarian and employer
  • Completion of pre-requisite courses
    • Pre-requisite courses may be courses may be either in progress or planned, but candidates who do not show a clear plan regarding how they plan to complete all pre-requisites will be denied.

As a non-profit, private university, LMU-CVM does not differentiate student applicants based on in-state and out-of-state residency. However, Appalachia residency status, minority status and males are given preference in the admissions and selection process to increase diversity. 

Based upon the combined strength of all qualities a determination will be made to:

  • Interview the applicant
  • Place an interview offer on hold, or
  • Deny the application

Applicants will be notified via email regarding any changes to their application status. Applicants placed on hold may receive an interview invitation later in the admission cycle.


Applicants will be invited for an interview day via email.

The interview days consist of (in no particular order):

  • LMU-CVM Program and Curriculum Overview
  • Tour of the DeBusk Veterinary Teaching Center
  • Q&A session with current LMU-CVM Students
  • Individual interview

The goal of the interview is to get to know the applicant outside of the information provided in their application materials.  The questions asked will reflect this goal and will focus on the applicant’s life experiences in reference to their integrity, resilience, maturity, knowledge of the veterinary profession, communication skills, ability to work as part of a team and other unique qualities that are important to the LMU-CVM and the profession as whole. Applicants will meet individually with 3 faculty members during their interview.  This change in the interview format will give applicant the opportunity to meet with faculty members of different professional backgrounds and interests.

All interviews are held on the LMU-CVM Virginia campus in Ewing, VA. Applicants are required to obtain their own transportation from the airport to their interview and back. Additional details regarding travel and hotel information will be sent via email with every interview confirmation.


The Admissions Committee makes admissions decisions based on the totality of the applicant’s file including the application review and interview evaluation.

While most admissions decisions will be sent out in March, in some instances applicants may hear from the LMU-CVM Admissions Committee earlier. The Admissions Committee decision will be one of the following:

Accepted: Per AAVMC policy, accepted applicants have until April 15, 2020 to notify schools of their admissions decision.

Waitlist: Competitive applicants not offered a seat will remain on the waitlist. Applicants on the waitlist may receive, upon availability, an offer of acceptance April to August.

Deny: Non-competitive applicants, based upon the total applicant pool, will be denied a seat.

The Dean will make final decisions as to those candidates offered admission based upon the recommendations from the Admissions Committee.