Transfer Students

Transfer Application Deadlines

  • Requests for fall semesters: applications must be received by June 15
  • Requests for spring semesters: applications must be received by December 1

Minimum Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible for consideration you must:

  • Have successfully completed at least one year (equivalent of two semesters) of the veterinary curriculum at an AVMA accredited college of veterinary medicine.
    • The school may be in the U.S. or an international location.
    • “Successful completion” implies that the students is in good academic standing and not on academic warning, probation, or dismissal status.
  • Have obtained the equivalent of a 3.0 cumulative GPA in the D.V.M. program, and must NOT have received a D, F, or unsatisfactory grade of any kind since enrolling in veterinary school.
  • Have a pre-veterinary academic record comparable to currently enrolled D.V.M. students or have performed sufficiently well in his or her current veterinary program to suggest future academic success.
  • Be able to provide evidence of non-cognitive attributes comparable to currently enrolled D.V.M. students.

Application Process

Submit the following documents via email to Shannon Henshaw.

  • Transfer Application
  • A letter detailing your interest in veterinary medicine and explaining why you wish to transfer
  • Copy of VMCAS application or equivalent veterinary school application that includes undergraduate coursework and grades
    • If you are unable to locate a copy of your VMCAS application, request a copy by emailing In your request, include the fall term that you intended to start classes when you completed the application. (For example, if you applied for school in August of 2018, you intended to start classes Fall 2019.)
  • Unofficial copy of D.V.M. program transcript – do not submit password protected documents
  • Two letters of recommendation, one from each of the following:
    • Faculty member who has taught applicant in his/her current college of veterinary medicine within the last year. Ideally this letter would address academic performance, peer interactions, and any other comments the faculty member would like to make about the applicant.
    • Veterinarian who has experience with the applicant in a practical setting such as clinical work, research, ambulatory practice, animal rehabilitation, etc.
  • A self-reported comparison of the two schools’ curricula plus an indication of potential curricular topics in which the applicant might be deficient. Use the following resources to create a curriculum comparison:

If, based on the above documents, it is determined you have met the minimum requirements for acceptance into the program and it is determined that there is a suitable opening, then you will be contacted and given further instructions.

View the CSU D.V.M. Program Transfer Policy