Colorado State University College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences

Fort Collins, CO 80523-1601
(970) 491-7051
Status: Full Accreditation

The Colorado State University, College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences was found in 1907 and has been educating future veterinarians for over 100 years. Located in Fort Collins, Colorado, the veterinary school offers a Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) degree, dual degrees, residency programs, interdisciplinary programs and undergraduate programs. The Professional Veterinary Medical Program is ranked within the top three in the country and ranks number one for federal funding amongst peer universities for human and animal health investigations.

Like all veterinary schools, CVMBS is very competitive to get into, only enrolling approximately 135 students out of about 1,600+ applicants each year. GPA’s also need to be competitive and above 3.5. Most applicants that are accepted have earned a bachelor’s degree in science or a master’s degree in science. Volunteer work and experience with animals are also factors when faculty is determining admittance for students.

Tuition and Fees

The average tuition for resident graduate students from 2008-2009 was 5,268.50 per quarter for the entire 4-year program. Non-resident graduate students had to pay much more, averaging $8,356.50 per quarter. This comes out to just under $85,000 for residents of Colorado, and over $133,000 for non-resident graduate students. These numbers also reflect the cost of living expenses, books, supplies, health insurance and personal expenses. Students who enroll for 6 or more credits must pay a general fee of $578.06 per semester, and students who enroll for 5 or less credits must pay a general fee of $53.00.

Educational Requirements

CVMBS requires all applicants to have an undergraduate degree, or at least the minimum semester hours that meet their pre-veterinary curriculum, which includes subjects like biology, chemistry, various other sciences and math.  Most applicants have earned their MS or BS, participated in volunteer work, community service, and/or other programs that have allowed them to gain more knowledge and experience. However, CVMBS also offers students a dual degree, which earns them a MS and a DVM. Prospective veterinary medical students apply to CSU UG Programs, complete all required pre-vet courses then move on to complete the remaining courses to earn the doctoral degree. Once a student earns their DVM, CVMBS offers residency and internship programs to a select few who have excelled through their academics and extra curricular activities, and who want to further their education in a specialty field.

2009 Class Profile

Type: Public

# Total Applicants: 1,834

# Total Students Enrolled: 138

# of Male Students Enrolled: 25

# of Female Students Enrolled: 113

Overall GPA: 3.6

Average GRE Score: Verbal- 522, Quantitative- 643, Analytic Writing- 4.54

Resident 1st Year Tuition: $21, 074

Total Resident Cost for 4 Years: $84,296

Non-Resident 1st Year Tuition: $33, 426

Total Non-Resident Cost for 4 Years: $133,704