Application Process

Below you will find the application materials required for the LMU-CVM Class of 2025. 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 15, 2020 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 15, 2020. 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 are not required for the 2020-2021 application cycle. Applicants who wish to submit their GRE scores on a voluntary basis may do so by sending the official scores directly to VMCAS. The LMU-CVM requires the CASPer assessment for all applicants.


Other Materials


As part of your VMCAS application, you must submit transcripts for all courses completed through Summer 2020 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 2019-2020 school year:

Fall 2020 transcripts are due to LMU-CVM no later than January 31, 2021

Winter/Spring 2021 transcripts are due no later than June 30, 2021

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
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 2025.


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

    After the September 15, 2020 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
    - 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 via email.

    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 a whole. Applicants will participate in two interviews with LMU-CVM faculty and staff. In all, applicants will be interviewed by members of the LMU-CVM team. This interview format will give applicants the opportunity to meet with faculty and staff members of different professional backgrounds and interests.


    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 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.