College of Veterinary Medicine
104 J. E. Greene Hall
Auburn University, AL 36849-5517
Status: Full Accreditation
SAVMA Chapter: Yes
Auburn University (AU) is a public university located in Auburn, Alabama. With well over 24,000 enrolled students, AU is one of the largest universities in the nation. Built in 1856 as an all-male private college for liberal arts, it established its department of veterinary science and physiology in 1892. Since 1909, the Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine has graduated over 6,000 students with Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, Master of Science and PhD accreditations.
Admission into AU
Admission into AU is highly competitive, as only about 1 in 7 students are admitted to the program each year. Most applicants are from the state of Alabama, while the remaining percentage is made up of mostly residents from nearby Kentucky and West Virginia, and non-residents. GRE scores must be competitive too, and GPA’s must be at least above 3.5. Extra curricular and volunteer work also plays a role when AU is selecting its next class. Student’s who have experience working with animals before admissions have an easier time getting accepted into the program.
Once enrolled, each student takes a mandatory 20-22 credit hours per term. The first year focuses on the structure and function of the normal animal. Courses include imaging and physiology, gross and microscopic anatomy. The second year focuses on principle courses like immunology, infectious diseases and pathology. Students then learn about body systems such as the cardiovascular system. Each semester, each student must take one elective, starting on the second semester of the first year. Elective courses may include disaster medicine, wildlife diseases, advanced reproductive techniques, diseases of pocket pets, diagnostic ultrasound, practice management and more.
Tuition and Fees
For students who anticipate earning their credentials at Auburn, tuition and fees for things such as cost of living, books, and supplies can add up quickly over the course of one year. The average cost a student spends on a combination of the items listed above is $7,609 each semester. This price is for resident students. The cost for non-resident students is an average of $14,065 per semester. Of course, depending on a student’s spending habits, actual expenses for each student are impossible to conclude.
Class of 2009 Profile
# Total Applicants: 759
# Students Enrolled: 95
# of Males Enrolled: 28
# of Females Enrolled: 67
Overall GPA: 3.53
Average GRE Score: 1104
Resident 1st Year Tuition: $30,435
Total Resident Cost for 4 Years: $ 121,740
Non-Resident 1st Year Tuition: $56,259
Total Non-Resident Cost for 4 Years: $225,036