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Procedures and Policies
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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:
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.