LSU School of Veterinary Medicine welcomes its 48th class

For Immediate Release: September 2, 2020

BATON ROUGE, LA—The students in the Class of 2024 began their professional veterinary journey with the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine on August 7 when they started orientation. In previous years, orientation concluded with a ceremony at which students received their blue lab coats and took the professional oath of conduct; this year, due to the pandemic, the LSU SVM did not host the ceremony. The LSU SVM asked students to send in photos of themselves in their blue coats, and we will put out a commemorative video to welcome them.


The LSU SVM received 868 applications for this class. Of these 868 applications, 158 were submitted by Louisiana residents, 52 were submitted by Arkansas residents, and 658 came from other states and Puerto Rico. The LSU SVM made offers of admission throughout last winter and spring and ultimately enrolled 115 students (66 from Louisiana, 9 from Arkansas, and 40 from other states).

Demographic Information

Ninety-nine members of the class are female (86 percent), and 16 are male (14 percent). The students’ ages range from 20 to 36 for a median age of 22. Twenty-eight percent of the Class of 2024 come from underrepresented minority groups, and the Class of 2024 represents the largest enrollment of Black/African American students in LSU SVM history.

College Degrees

Of the 115 students accepted into this class, 50 had college degrees at the date of their acceptance into veterinary school in February 2020 (39 BS, 1 BA, 1 Master’s, 1 JD, and 6 other). Many of the remaining students went on to complete their degrees in May 2020, going beyond the LSU SVM minimum requirement that students complete at least two years of college prior to enrolling.

GPA and GRE Scores

The average required course GPA for the entire class is 3.79. For students from Louisiana, the average required course GPA is 3.81; for Arkansas, it is 3.95; and for other states, it is 3.76. The average GRE score (verbal and quantitative) for this class is 306 with averages of 304, 309, and 309 for Louisiana, Arkansas and out-of-state residents, respectively.

If you're interested in applying

If you are contemplating a career in veterinary medicine, you should acquire a sound foundation in the biological and physical sciences and a general knowledge of the arts and humanities in both high school and college. In addition, you should be motivated by a respect for animals, a sincere desire to serve the public, a propensity for the biological and medical sciences, and a deep interest in promotion of the health of animal and human populations. You must have a high aptitude for scientific study and must possess an excellent moral and ethical character.

Candidates for the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree must complete a minimum of six years of college education. This includes two or more years of pre-veterinary coursework and four years of the professional DVM program. The pre-veterinary requirements may be completed at LSU or at any other accredited college or university offering courses of the quality and content of those prescribed in the LSU General Catalog.

The prerequisite courses for admission may be completed in a minimum of two years. A Bachelor's degree is not a requirement for acceptance into the LSU SVM's DVM program, although applicants are strongly encouraged to follow an undergraduate degree path in the event that entrance into the DVM program is not granted.

For Information about the LSU DVM Program


The LSU School of Veterinary Medicine is one of only 30 veterinary schools in the U.S. and the only one in Louisiana. The LSU SVM is dedicated to improving the lives of people and animals through education, research and service. We teach. We heal. We discover. We protect.

Media Contact

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LSU School of Veterinary Medicine

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