HomeSt. Matthew's University
Semester Term Dates Graduation Date
Fall 2012 August 27 to December 7, 2012 December 22
Spring 2013 January 7 to April 19 2013 May 4
Summer 2013 May 6 to August 16, 2013 August 31
Fall 2013 September 2 to December 13, 2013 December 28
We Are Here to Help

At St. Matthew's University, our team of admissions advisors are pleased to assist you and respond to any questions or concerns promptly and professionally. Please fee free to contact our friendly and knowledgeable admissions advisors at:

Phone: 800.498.9700 or 407.488.1700
Email:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Fax: 800.565.7177 or 407.488.1702

Due to our rolling admissions, there is no deadline to apply. Semesters begin in September, January, and May.

How to Apply

You can apply online by clicking on "Apply Now" above, or download an application form by clicking on the "Printable Forms" link to the left. If you complete a paper version of the application form, you may mail, fax, or email it to us. If you prefer, you may send us a copy of your completed VMCAS application in lieu of submitting the SMU application form.

If you choose to complete the downloaded version of the application, you may mail it to:

Office of Admissions
St. Matthew's University
12124 High Tech Avenue, Suite 290
Orlando, Fl 32817

St.Matthew's University will contact you within two business days once your application has been received to see if you have any questions and to help you through the process. You will have a decision on your completed application within 10 business days.

 Personal Statement

Applicants must submit a personal statement with the application form. This offers an opportunity for the applicant to describe personal attributes, characteristics and interests that support a decision to study veterinary medicine. The admissions committee is interested in participation in research projects, hobbies and health-related employment or experiences. Use specific examples to demonstrate motivation, commitment to pursue a veterinary medical career and the ability to work with people. Compassion, empathy and the ability to deal with everyday problems are considered important qualities. We focus as much on the determination and life experience of our candidates as on their academic background.

 Letters of Recommendation

Confidential appraisals by college advisors, instructors, or others are a very important part of the application. These recommendations may also include a letter from a peer. Ask for recommendations from individuals who can give a concise and thorough assessment of your personality, industry, reliability and motivation. Applicants are given the option of signing a waiver regarding the confidentiality of these letters. At least two letters of recommendation are requested from each applicant.

 Non-U.S. Transcripts

Students with academic transcripts from outside the United States and Canada must have them evaluated on a course-by-course basis by an evaluation service such as World Evaluation Services (www.wes.org), Josef Silny & Associates, Inc. (www.jsilny.com) or a service that is a National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) member (www.naces.org).

 Interview

When a candidate is favorably considered, the admissions committee schedules an interview. For all new students, the interview may be in person or by conference call.
The interview serves both the applicants and the committee by providing an opportunity for the applicant to ask pertinent questions and introduce any special circumstances that should be considered. The committee gains the opportunity to determine if the candidate demonstrates the personal qualities that are required in a good Veterinarian. These qualities include motivation, commitment to a veterinary medical career, empathy, compassion, maturity and flexibility in dealing with problems.

 Notification of Acceptance

Letters of acceptance or non-acceptance are mailed within one week after the admissions committee has reached a decision. Students who are accepted are asked to return a letter of intent within a week. The letter of intent must be accompanied with a fee of U.S. $500 to reserve a place in the upcoming class. This seat deposit fee is credited against the first semester tuition.

 Reapplication

Unsuccessful applicants may reapply by repeating the admissions process. A new application form, a new personal statement and new letters of recommendation must be submitted with a check or money order for U.S. $75 payable to St. Matthew's University School of Veterinary Medicine.

 Advanced Standing and Transfer Students

Applications for admission with advanced standing are welcomed from students from veterinary schools recognized by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) and or the American Association of Veterinary State Boards (AAVSB). Transfer students undergo the same admissions process as first-time applicants in that they must submit a complete application packet to ensure a timely review. Acceptance of transfer credit is at the discretion of the University.

We encourage applications from people with related work experience. However, veterinary technicians and assistants will not be granted advanced standing based on work experience.

The University will submit transcripts to any university or college for a student requesting a transfer if that student is in good standing. However, acceptance of credits is at the sole discretion of the other institution.

The admissions team at SMU wants to get to know you! To us, you are much more than a GPA or GRE score. We want to know about you as a person, because ultimately that is what will determine the kind of veterinarian you will be.

Why do you want to become a veterinarian? What is it about you and your experiences that have led you to make this rewarding career choice? Have you engaged in activities that demonstrate service to the veterinary profession and/or your community? How committed are you to your dream of becoming a veterinarian? We look forward to learning the answers to these questions by reviewing your personal statement, resume and letters of reference and by speaking with you during your personal interview.

We review your academic performance to determine whether you have the intellectual capability to successfully complete our curriculum. However, we are not looking for a specific cumulative grade point average at the end of your transcript, and we have no minimum GPA below which an application is automatically rejected. We are more interested in the pattern of your academic development than whether you have had some difficulties in years past. We know that your level of commitment to becoming a veterinarian is more predictive of your success at SMU than is your prior GPA .

We want to support you in your dream of becoming a veterinarian, and we welcome your application!

We Are Here to Help

At St. Matthew's University, our team of admissions advisors are pleased to assist you and respond to any questions or concerns promptly and professionally. Please fee free to contact our friendly and knowledgeable admissions advisors at:

Phone: 800.498.9700 or 407.488.1700
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Fax: 800.565.7177 or 407.488.1702
Admissions Department
St. Matthew's University
12124 High Tech Avenue, Suite 290
Orlando, FL 32817

Due to our rolling admissions, there is no deadline to apply. Semesters begin in September, January, and May.

Pre-requisite Coursework

The SMU School of Veterinary Medicine requires the following pre-requisite courses:

Course  
General Biology or Zoology* One academic year (6 credit hours)
General Chemistry* 1 academic year (6 credit hours)
Organic Chemistry* 1/2 academic year (6 credit hours)
Biochemistry 1/2 academic year (3 credit hours)
Language Arts (English)** 1/2 academic year (3 credit hours)
College Math or Computer Science 1/2 academic year (3 credit hours)

*These courses must include an attached laboratory.
** A student may substitute any course that has a writing component, such as a term paper or written project, for the Language Arts requirement.

Standardized Examination

There is no standardized examination required for admission. However, the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General Test is recommended.

English Proficiency

Since English is the language of instruction at SMUSOM, it is important that applicants be prepared academically to pursue the curriculum and be able to communicate effectively. Applicants whose principal language is not English may be required to take the test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).

There is no standardized examination required for admission. However, the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General Test is recommended.

At St. Matthew's University, our team of admissions advisors are pleased to assist you and respond to any question or concerns promptly and professionally. Please feel free to contact our friendly and knowledgeable admissions advisors at:

Phone: 800.498.9700 or 407.488.1700
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Due to our rolling admissions, there is no deadline to apply. Semesters begin in September, January, and May. Apply now by following these simple steps:

1. Complete the Online Application Form

To begin your application process, please complete the online application form: Apply Now

2. Submit the Application Fee

An application fee of $75 (U.S.) is required to process your application, and may be submitted online using a credit card. If you prefer, you may pay by check or money order, payable in U.S. dollars. Please be sure to include your name on the check or money order, and mail it to the address below when you submit your application.

3. Submit Required Documents

In addition to your application and fee, you will need to submit the following documents to complete the application process:

  1. TRANSCRIPTS: Official transcript(s) from each college/university or professional school you attended. Student-issued copies may suffice, pending official transcripts.
  2. PERSONAL STATEMENT: The personal statement should indicate (A) your purpose for considering a career in veterinary medicine; (B) why you would be an asset to St. Matthew's University School of Veterinary Medicine; (C) your significant activities or accomplishments, personal interests, unique aspects of your pre-veterinary preparation and any additional information that would help the Admissions Committee in the evaluation of your application. (A maximum of 500 words is recommended to answer these questions.) You may attach your personal statement to your online application.
  3. RESUME: Your current resume is required, and you may attach it to your online application.
  4. LETTERS OF RECOMMENDATION: Two letters of recommendation are required. Evaluations from a college pre-veterinary-medical committee are accepted in lieu of individual letters. 
  5. TOEFL: Applicants whose principal language is not English may be required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). More information on TOEFL can be found at the official TOEFL test site.
Mailing Address

Please mail your application fee and documents to this address:

St. Matthew's University
12124 High Tech Avenue, Suite 290
Orlando, FL 32817

Interview

When a candidate is favorably considered, the admissions committee schedules an interview. The interview may be in person or by video conference.

Transfer Students

St. Matthew's University School of Veterinary Medicine welcomes applications from qualified transfer students from veterinary medical schools recognized by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) and or the American Association of Veterinary State Boards (AAVSB). Acceptance of transfer credits is at the discretion of the university.