COVID-19 D.V.M. Admissions FAQ

For Applicants (2021 Cycle)

We understand that candidates may have questions due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Our admissions committee acknowledges that we are all navigating these unprecedented times to the best of our ability, and encourages applicants to rest assured that these circumstances will be taken into consideration during the application review process.

Admission Requirements

Will pass-fail or satisfactory-unsatisfactory grades be accepted?

While CSU has always assessed prerequisites based on conventional A-F grades, we understand that many academic institutions will be applying pass-fail or satisfactory-unsatisfactory grading scales to courses moved to online platforms due to COVID-19. To ensure that no applicants are disadvantaged by these changes, CSU will accept pass-fail or satisfactory-unsatisfactory grading for Spring 2020 and Summer 2020 courses even if there is a letter grade option. Prerequisites taken in Spring 2020 and Summer 2020 must be completed for credit with a C- or better, or a “pass” or “satisfactory” equivalent.

Petitioning for a grade

We are aware that the ability for candidates to petition for letter grades is inconsistent across academic institutions, and even across courses within an institution. It is at the discretion of the candidate whether they should petition for a letter grade versus a pass-fail or satisfactory-unsatisfactory mark for Spring 2020 and Summer 2020. The admissions committee will consider that a candidate’s application may present with all, some, or no letter grades for these semesters. Repeat courses: We encourage candidates to petition for a letter grade, so the grade change may be recognized.

Candidates are encouraged to briefly address any challenges, including inability to obtain letter grades, in the Special Circumstances section of the Colorado Supplemental Application.

What if I can't obtain enough veterinary experience hours prior to applying?

The D.V.M. admissions committee recommends 300-500 veterinary experience hours at the time of application. We understand that candidates’ plans to obtain this experience during the spring and summer of 2020 may have been disrupted by the coronavirus epidemic, resulting in reduced veterinary or other experience hours for the 2021 application cycle. Should this be the case, in alignment with our holistic admissions process, candidates are encouraged to focus on the quality of their experiences rather than the number of hours. Candidates are encouraged to briefly address any challenges in securing experiential opportunities in the Special Circumstances section of the Colorado Supplemental Application.

Candidates who have obtained online veterinary experience should also use the Special Circumstances section of the Colorado Supplemental Application to provide an explanation for choosing this option.

Will the required prerequisite courses change?

No. For more information, view the full list of prerequisites.

Will the letters of recommendation requirement change?

No. For more information, and for tips on selecting references, visit the Admission Requirements page.

For details about electronic letters of recommendation as required by the VMCAS, visit the AAVMC’s Recommendations page.

Are Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores required?

GRE scores are not required, nor will they be considered for this or future cycles.

Application Timeline

Will deadlines be extended?

No. For complete application information, including a list of due dates, visit the Apply to Our Program page.

Will review of applications be delayed?

No. For complete application information, including the application timeline, visit the Apply to Our Program page.

Will there be any changes to the offer timeline?

The offer timeline for the 2021 application cycle will not be impacted; September 15 remains the deadline to submit application materials and the application. To view the application timeline, visit the Apply to our Program page.

Financial Information

Will I still be able to get financial aid?

For New D.V.M. Students (Fall 2020)

Our top priority is to protect the health and safety of our students, faculty, and staff. Students matriculating into the D.V.M. Program in the fall of 2020 should follow guidance on the New D.V.M. Students page, check their university email account for updates, and visit the university’s COVID-19 information page for campus-wide updates.

COVID-19 Safety Precautions

Will I be required to wear a mask?

The D.V.M. Program follows the university’s recommendations to wear a mask:

  • Wear a mask when you are outside of your home or yard
  • These should be homemade cloth masks or coverings for the mouth and nose, not hospital-grade masks (due to short supply needed for medical workers)
  • Public health experts want people to wear a mask to protect others, in case you are infected and contagious before showing symptoms
  • Physical distancing is still extremely important. The mask that you are wearing does not necessarily protect you from others who may be ill, so you should still stay six feet away.

Will social distancing be enforced?

We will continue to create plans and implement modifications as necessary to promote the safety of our faculty and students while delivering an impactful, engaging, and quality educational experience. Educational approaches may incorporate small groups, targeted remote instruction, and effective use of university space to maintain social distancing.

Student Life

Should I plan to move to Fort Collins?

At this time, we are planning to deliver on-site classes for the start of the Fall 2020 semester. Students are advised to be in Fort Collins at least two weeks prior to the start of classes to ensure a smooth transition and to address any required quarantine period. If we are required to deliver some or all educational content online due to the coronavirus, we will implement alternative plans and activate resources drawing on our experiences from spring of 2020.

Can I tour campus and the first-year veterinary student facilities?

Tours are suspended until further notice, but we are exploring virtual tour options. If you are interested in being notified when tours become available either virtually or in person, please email D.V.M. Tours and Advising.

How I can I learn more about the CSU experience and what it's like to be a D.V.M. student?

  • D.V.M. Student Ambassadors: Our ambassadors are highly-motivated and passionate veterinary students, who are here to help you explore opportunities at CSU. Learn more and contact a D.V.M. student ambassador.
  • Big Sib/Little Sib Program: Developed to provide camaraderie and guidance to first-year D.V.M. students as they begin the veterinary school journey, the program pairs first-year students with current D.V.M. students based on common interests (both veterinary and non-veterinary). Your “Big Sib” will be there to answer your questions about specific classes, moving to Fort Collins, clinical experience, the best breweries, etc. Incoming students will receive an email from the Big-Little Sib Committee with more information about program participation.

Classes and Research

What will classes look like for the fall semester?

Lecture and laboratory-based courses moved online platforms in March of 2020 in response to the spread of COVID-19. Although there was a learning curve associated with the transition, faculty implemented numerous online teaching and learning tools to promote engagement and optimize the student learning experience. Approaches included both recorded and live-streamed lectures, remote demonstrations, interactive slide presentations, interactive polls, video-conference Q&As with professors, and discussion boards. Faculty are already planning for online delivery in the fall of 2020 should this be required, building on lessons learned through student feedback, and proactively engaging needed resources to promote a smooth transition and ensure an impactful educational experience.

Will I still be able to participate in clinical laboratories at the Veterinary Teaching Hospital?

At present, only clinical rotations and rounds for third- and fourth-year students are taking place at the Veterinary Teaching Hospital.

As social distancing restrictions are lifted, first- and second-year students will once again participate in clinical laboratory activities, though they will be temporarily relocated to alternative sites.

See a virtual tour of the Veterinary Health System and examples of teaching in the Veterinary Teaching Hospital during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Will alternative testing conditions still be provided if I have a testing disability?

Are there still research opportunities available?

Yes. Though some research activities are suspended due to COVID-19, there are still many opportunities available. D.V.M. students will learn more about available research opportunities through the first-semester course, VM603 Veterinary Science: Research and Methods.

Financial Information

Will I still be able to get financial aid?

Where can I find a job on campus?

There are opportunities available through the Career Center, where you can apply to full-time jobs and on and off campus part-time jobs. Explore job opportunities.