How to Apply for Admission 2018 - 2019

 For matriculation into Fall '19

Application Materials Deadline
VMCAS Application Sept. 14
Letters of Recommendation Sept. 14
Official Transcripts from ALL Schools Attended Sept. 14
LSU SVM Specific Required Info (within VMCAS) Sept. 14
$90 LSU SVM Application Processing Fee  Oct. 01
General GRE Score(s) Oct. 01
Fall '18 Official Transcripts Feb. 01


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

Early submission of all application material is strongly encouraged. Due to the high volume of applications, exceptions to the given deadlines will not be considered.

Application deadlines must be met. 

IMPORTANT - The VMCAS application should be started 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 valid '18-'19 VMCAS ID number in order to submit the LSU SVM's $90 non-refundable processing fee.
  • You must include your VMCAS identification number in all email communication with the LSU SVM's Admissions Office.

VMCAS Application

All applicants to the LSU SVM must apply through Veterinary Medical College Application Service (VMCAS). For complete instructions on the VMCAS application procedure, please go to the VMCAS web site. The VMCAS application will open up May 10, 2018.

The VMCAS application, fees and a minimum of three eLORS must be submitted absolutely no later than September 14, 2018 at 12:00 MIDNIGHT (Eastern Time). There are no exceptions to the September 14th deadline!

Complete the 2019 VMCAS application now! 


Applicants must enter ALL undergraduate/graduate coursework taken at every institution attended, regardless of whether courses taken are prerequisites. Please use the correct PreReq Code. (For example, enter ALL biology courses under the "BS BL - Biology" PreReq Code. Do NOT exclude any coursework. Failure to follow the VMCAS instructions can result in your application being removed from the applicant pool.


eLORs (Electronic Letters of Recommendation)

All eLORs must be submitted electronically through the VMCAS application process. Applicants and evaluators will 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 Sept. 14th deadline. It is the applicant's responsibility to ensure that evaluators submit the eLORs through VMCAS. Additionally, no eLORs will be accepted outside of the VMCAS system. eLORs sent directly to the LSU SVM will NOT be accepted. 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 advised that at least two of your eLORs be written by DVMs for whom you may have worked, if possible.

Questions about VMCAS Application and/or eLORS?
Questions regarding the VMCAS application process and/or the submission of the eLORs should be directed to VMCAS either through the Student and Advisor Hotline at 617-612-2884, or by email at



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 14, 2018 for priority processing.  Even if coursework is reflected on another institution's transcript, applicants must submit an official transcript from every institution at which one has taken coursework or has received course credit.  This includes high school courses for which one received college credit.

Do not send any official transcripts directly to the LSU SVM Admissions Office. If your institution does not process electronic transcripts, your official 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. ***

If your institution can send electronic transcripts, then applicants should contact VMCAS directly via the Student and Advisor Hotline at 617-612-2884 or by email at 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.  Even if all completed coursework is reflected on one institution's transcripts, ALL official transcripts from each and every school attended must be submitted to VMCAS.

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

Summer 2018 classes: if you would like these grades to count towards your Required Courses GPA and Last 45 Credit Hour GPA, you must wait to finalize and submit your VMCAS application until you can list the final, official grades earned in the coursework section of the VMCAS application. The final, official transcript you submit to VMCAS must have these summer '18 grades listed in order for VMCAS to verify these grades.


LSU DVM Program-Specific Questions

In addition to eLORs, official transcripts, and the VMCAS application, there are LSU DVM-specific sections that must be submitted through VMCAS. These sections include questions in the following areas: Prior Application, Family, Supplemental Essays, Residency Classification, and the LSU SVM Processing Fee Agreement.

In order to complete these questions/essays, log into your VMCAS application. You must select the Louisiana State University School of Veterinary Medicine as one of your desired schools to which you would like to apply. Once you have confirmed the LSU SVM as one of your selections, LSU SVM will appear within the "Program Materials" section of your VMCAS application. Carefully read the information on the LSU SVM's home page within this section, then click on "Questions" to complete all of the LSU SVM-specific questions/essays.


Non-Refundable $90 Application Processing Fee

Applicants must mail either a check or a money order for the non-refundable $90 processing fee to the LSU SVM's Admissions Office. Unfortunately, online payments are not possible at this time. 


The LSU SVM requires all applicants to submit the non-refundable $90 application processing fee to the LSU SVM POSTMARKED NO LATER THAN OCTOBER 1, 2018.

The check or money order for the LSU SVM's application processing fee should be made payable to "LSU School of Veterinary Medicine" and your VMCAS ID and full name must be included on the check or money order.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to use regular mail (United States Postal Service).  If you do not wish to use regular mail, you may send your check via FedEx, DO NOT USE UPS.  UPS deliveries take weeks to arrive to us, and sometimes they never arrive. Please address your envelop as follows:

Attn: Admissions & Enrollment
Office of Veterinary Education & Student Affairs
LSU School of Veterinary Medicine
Skip Bertman Drive, Room 1213
Baton Rouge, LA 70803


Graduate Record Exam (GRE)

GRE scores must be received by LSU SVM by the date specified in the Application Dates and Deadlines and are only accepted via electronic transfer from ETS. Late scores and scores from applicants or other third parties will not be accepted.

LSU SVM now has a VMCAS-specific School Code - 2281 (listed as "Louisiana State University-VMCAS)
Applicants who wish to monitor all of their requirements through VMCAS are encouraged to use LSU's VMCAS school code (2281). All VMCAS submission deadlines must be adhered to. All other applicants may use SVM School Code -6381 (listed as "Louisiana St U Vet Med"), which will be accepted through October 2018.

NOTE:  Scores sent to LSU's Graduate School will NOT be accessible by the LSU SVM.


Fall 2018 Official Transcripts

All official transcripts for the fall '18 must be submitted directly to the LSU SVM's Admissions Office by no later than February 1, 2018, at the address given below. Applicants will be notified individually via the Online Status Check System if fall '18 transcripts must be submitted. Not all students must submit transcripts.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to use regular mail (USPS). If you do not wish to use regular mail, you may send your check via FedEx, DO NOT USE UPS. Please address your envelop as follows:

Attn: Admissions & Enrollment
Office of Veterinary Education & Student Affairs
LSU School of Veterinary Medicine
Skip Bertman Drive, Room 1213
Baton Rouge, LA 70803


 If your institution can send electronic transcripts, be sure to send the transcripts to the LSU SVM's Admissions Office using the following email address: