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  • Section Overview of the Application

    TMDSAS strongly recommends that you print out the following Section Overview as well as the Application Instructions so that you can refer to them while filling out the application.

    It is the applicant’s responsibility to read, understand and follow all TMDSAS and school-specific instructions. Applicants must certify that they have read, understand, and agree to comply with TMDSAS instructions when submitting a TMDSAS application.

    The TMDSAS online application consists of multiple sections, each section must be saved individually. It is imperative that you save each page BEFORE moving to the next page. Information will be lost if you do not save each page.

    Following is a listing of the sections. Click on each section to learn more.

    SELECT SCHOOLS
    Select Schools : Application History

    QUESTIONS
    Personal Information:
    Contact Info : Demographic : Socioeconomic : Military Service : Family : Financial : Felonies and Misdemeanors

    Education:
    High School : Colleges Attended : Colleges Attended Section : Terms Attended : College Coursework : Planned Enrollment : Disciplinary Action

    Employment and Activities:
    Academic Recognition : Non-Academic Recognition : Leadership : Employment : Research Activities : Healthcare Activities : Veterinary Supervised Experience : Animal Experience :
    Community Service : Extracurricular & Leisure Activities : Planned Activities

    Essays

    SUPPORTING DOCUMENTS
    Upload Photo : Test Dates : Letters of Evaluation

    CHRONOLOGY OF ACTIVITIES

    PROOF OF RESIDENCY

    PAY & SUBMIT
    Certification : Payment

    Important: Be sure to proofread your application thoroughly BEFORE submitting. Once you have submitted your application, the essays and activities cannot be edited, added to or removed. Applications will be forwarded to the schools exactly as they are submitted.

    Select Schools

    SELECT SCHOOLS

    Check the box of each school you wish to apply to.

    You will also indicate if you intend to apply to any non-TMDSAS schools for the current application cycle.

    APPLICATION HISTORY

    In this section, you will indicate if you have previously applied to medical, dental or vet school.  You will indicate the school(s), the entry year you applied for, if you were accepted and if you are currently enrolled.  If you were ever accepted, you will need to indicate if you were ever dismissed or withdrawn from medical, dental, or vet school.

    Important: If you are a re-applicant, do not forget to update this section.  Your answers from the previous application cycle will roll forward and do not reflect that you have previously applied. Therefore, the information must be updated and saved.

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    Questions: Personal Information

    CONTACT INFO

    *You may make revisions to this section any time during the application process.*

    LEGAL NAME
    Enter your first, middle and last names. You will also enter any salutations or prefixes associated with your name.

    OTHER NAMES
    If you prefer to be addressed by a different first name other than your legal first name, you will indicate that information in this section. 

    Also, if there are any other last names (e.g. maiden name) listed on your academic records than what you have already entered, you must indicate each additional last name then click the [Add Name] button.

    EMAIL/PHONE
    Indicate your email address. If you need to change your email address, do so through the [My Account] link in the upper right-hand corner of the application.

    Provide the cell phone number where TMDSAS and/or admissions officers can contact you. If you do not have a cell phone, you will answer “No” to the question “Do you have a cell phone?”

    You will also provide your work phone number – if applicable.

    Email is the primary mode of communication between TMDSAS and applicants.  Urgent TMDSAS correspondence will only be sent to you via email.  Be sure to keep your email address updated at all times.  It is the applicant’s responsibility to regularly check both their email and TMDSAS application for important messages from TMDSAS.  Providing an incorrect email address will prevent you from receiving important messages from TMDSAS and/or the schools to which you are applying.

    Email messages are often sent to multiple applicants, which some email systems identify as spam or junk email.  Some email providers use filters to prevent users from receiving spam.  Email filters may interpret an email from TMDSAS or a school as spam and automatically delete a message to you about the status of your application. To avoid missing important TMDSAS emails, turn the “spam” or “junk” email filters off during the application cycle.  If your email provider does not allow you to turn the filter off, you may have to access a “junk mail file” that archives all messages identified as sent to multiple addresses.  Periodically check your spam/junk email file for TMDSAS or school related messages.

    MAILING ADDRESS

    If your address changes at any time during the application process, login to your application and update your address. Keeping your address updated helps ensure that you do not miss important information.

    • Address 1 - Enter your current mailing address. TMDSAS and the schools you apply to will use this address to send you any correspondence.
    • Address 2 - If needed, enter an apartment number or additional address information in this field. If not, leave this field blank.
    • City - Type the name of your city.
    • Country - Select your country from the pull down menu.
    • State - Select your state from the pull down menu.
    • County - Select your US county from the pull down menu.
    • Zip Code or Postal Code - Enter your zip or postal code.
    • Phone number - Provide the phone number where TMDSAS and/or admissions officers can contact you.

    PERMANENT ADDRESS
    Enter your permanent address information if different from your Mailing Address. If your permanent address is the same as your mailing address, answer “Yes” to the question “Is your Mailing Address also your Permanent Address?” and the information will pre-populate from what you entered under Mailing Address.

    If your permanent address changes, login to your TMDSAS application account and update your address online.

    • Address 1 - Enter your Permanent Address.
    • Address 2 - If needed, enter an apartment number or additional address information in this field. If not, leave this field blank.
    • City - Type the name of your city.
    • Country - Select your country from the pull down menu.
    • State - Select your state from the pull down menu.
    • County - Select your US county from the pull down menu.
    • Zip Code or Postal Code - Enter your zip or postal code.
    • Phone number - Provide the phone number for your permanent address.

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    DEMOGRAPHIC INFO

    *You will not be able to make any changes to this section once you have submitted your application. Review your entries carefully before submitting.*

    BIRTH INFORMATION

    • Date of Birth- Enter your date of birth - mm/dd/yyyy
    • City - Enter the city where you were born.
    • Country - Select the country in which you were born from the pull down menu.
    • State/Possession/Canadian Province - Select the state, possession or province in which you were born from the pull down menu.
    • County - Select the US county in which you were born from the pull down menu - if applicable.

    HOMETOWN
    The following questions refer to what you consider your "hometown".

    • City - Enter the name of the city that you consider your hometown.
    • Country - Select the country from the pull down menu.
    • State/Possession/Canadian Province - Select the state, possession or province from the pull down menu.
    • County - Select the US county of your hometown from the pull down menu - if applicable.
    • Approximate Population - Select the approximate population range of your hometown from the pull down menu.
    • Describe the Area - Select: Rural, Urban, Inner City, Suburban, Military or Government Installation or Other. Definitions are provided.
    • Primary language spoken at home - Select the primary language spoken at home from the pull down menu.

    GENDER
    Indicate whether you are male or female.

    ETHNICITY AND RACE
    The following questions are asked for federal and/or state reporting purposes. These questions are voluntary and applicants will not be at a disadvantage in the admissions process if they are not completed.

    First, indicate whether you are:

    1. Hispanic or Latino
    2. Not Hispanic or Latino

    Then select one or more of the racial categories below that best describe you.

    Race or Ethnic Group Descriptions

    Hispanic or Latino

    A person of Cuban, Mexican, Puerto Rican, South or Central American, or other Spanish culture or origin, regardless of race.

    Black/African American

    A person having origins in any of the black racial groups of Africa.

    Asian

    A person having origins in any of the original peoples of the Far East, Southeast Asia, or the Indian Subcontinent, including, for example, Cambodia, China, India, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Pakistan, the Philippine Islands, Thailand and Vietnam.

    American Indian or Alaskan Native

    A person having origins in any of the original peoples of North and South America (including Central America) who maintains cultural identification through tribal affiliation or community attachment.

    Applicants may be expected to provide official documentation/certification of active affiliation with a recognized tribe or reservation community.

    White/Caucasian

    A person having origins in any of the original peoples of Europe, the Middle East or North Africa.

    Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander

    A person having origins in any of the original peoples of Hawaii, Guam, Samoa, or other Pacific Islands.

    International

    A person who is not a citizen or permanent resident of the United States and who is in this country on a temporary basis and does not have the right to remain indefinitely. A person who is PR pending (applied for permanent resident status but has not yet received permanent resident status) should be classified as international status until permanent residency has been granted.

    Note : A Non-Citizen who has been lawfully admitted for permanent residence is to be reported in the appropriate racial/ethnic categories along with United States citizens.

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    SOCIOECONOMIC INFO

    *You will not be able to make any changes to this section once you have submitted your application. Review your entries carefully before submitting.*

    The questions in this section ask:

    • Are you a member of the first generation in your family to apply to, attend or graduate from an undergraduate program?
    • Are you a member of the first generation in your family to apply to, attend or graduate from a graduate or professional program?
    • Are you a parent or guardian of dependent children?
    • What do you consider your primary language?
    • Are you bilingual or multilingual?

    You will also be asked several questions that pertain to the household in which you were raised or spent the majority of your life from birth to age 18. If you moved frequently during this time period, enter the information for the location you spent the majority of your childhood.

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    MILITARY SERVICE

    *You will not be able to make any changes to this section once you have submitted your application. Review your entries carefully before submitting.*

    You will answer questions concerning whether or not you have served in the United States military.

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    FAMILY INFO

    *You will not be able to make any changes to this section once you have submitted your application. Review your entries carefully before submitting.*

    You will enter information regarding your parents as well as any significant male and/or female figures in your life.

    You will indicate how many siblings you have.  You may include step-siblings if you choose.  You will then indicate the following for each of your siblings:

    • Age
    • Relationship – brother or sister
    • If they have ever attended college

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    FINANCIAL INFO

    *You will not be able to make any changes to this section once you have submitted your application. Review your entries carefully before submitting.*

    You will enter the percentage of your college expenses provided by family, spouse, academic scholarships, financial need-based scholarships, loans, employment, or other sources. The total percentage must add up to 100%.

    If you have graduated college, you will also be asked to indicate the percentage of your living expenses provided by family, spouse, employment or other sources. The total percentage must add up to 100%.

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    FELONIES AND MISDEMEANORS

    You will indicate whether you are currently under charge or have you ever been convicted of a felony or misdemeanor, or have you ever received a felony or misdemeanor deferred adjudication.

    You need NOT disclose information about any of the following:

    • you were arrested but not charged
    • you were arrested and charged, but the charges were dropped
    • you were arrested and charged, but found not guilty by a judge or jury
    • you were arrested and found guilty by a judge or jury, but the conviction was overturned on appeal
    •  you received an executive pardon
    •  a juvenile or criminal record that has been sealed or expunged. Failure to disclose information that is not in fact expunged or sealed may result in the applicant being denied admission
    • minor traffic violations

    Important: After the date of submission of your TMDSAS application, if you are charged, convicted of, plead guilty, or no contest to a felony or misdemeanor crime, you must inform TMDSAS as well as the admissions office at the veterinary school. You must notify TMDSAS and the veterinary school within ten (10) business days of the occurrence of the criminal charge or conviction. Failure to do so is grounds for rejection of your application, withdrawal of any offer of acceptance, dismissal after enrollment, or rescission of any degrees granted.

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    Questions: Education

    HIGH SCHOOL

    *You will not be able to make any changes to this section once you have submitted your application. Review your entries carefully before submitting.*

    Indicate how you completed your high school education: High School, GED or Home Schooled.

    HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATES
    Enter the country and state, if applicable, in which your high school is located.  Enter part of the high school name and then click [Search] to search for your high school.  Keep in mind that the less you type in the [High School Name] field, the more results you will get back. Try just entering words that are unique to your high school's name. From the search results, click on [Add School] next to the correct listing – doing so will pre-populate the following information:

    • High School Name
    • City
    • Zip Code
    • State
    • County

    If your high school was not found, you will need to add the school manually in the designated [High School Information] fields.

    Next, enter graduation month, graduation year, class size and class rank, if applicable, in the designated fields.

    GED
    For applicants who have received their GED certificate, please list the city, zip code, country and state where the certificate was awarded.  Enter the graduation month and graduation year the certificate was received.

    HOME SCHOOLED
    For applicants who were home schooled, please list the city, zip code, country and state where you home schooled (or received your diploma).  Enter the graduation month and graduation year.

    SAT AND/OR ACT RESULTS
    If you have taken either the SAT or ACT you must enter your score(s).

    Contact your college admissions office, College Board or ACT if you do not remember your score(s).

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    COLLEGES ATTENDED

    *You may make revisions to this section any time during the application process. You will be able to add new schools. *

    • List ALL undergraduate, graduate, and professional schools you have attended. You must also enter information about ALL schools you plan on attending between now and the completion of Summer 2015.
    • List each school once for each type of degree - even if there was a break in attendance.  For example, if you attended Houston Community College in the summer of 2009 and 2011, you would list the school once with attendance dates as:  Summer 2009 – Summer 2011.
    • If you attended the same school for undergraduate and graduate/professional programs, list each degree program separately.
    • Include foreign colleges. You do not need to list a foreign college if it was part of an official study abroad program and the coursework appears on the transcript of the sponsoring US college or university.
    • Failure to list all colleges and universities may delay processing of your application and may be considered a violation of your application certification statement.

    ADD COLLEGE OR UNIVERSITY

    Click on the [Add College or University] button.  Enter the country, state and a distinctive part of the college or university name and a list of matching institutions will appear.  Keep in mind that the less you type in the [College Name] field, the more results you will get back. Try just entering words that are unique to your college name. For example, if searching for The University of Texas at Austin, just enter 'Austin' in the [College Name] field.  Click the [Search] button to obtain your search results.

    Select the correct institution and click [Select] to add the school to your list of Colleges Attended. This will fill in the required [Institution Information] fields for the college listing.

    If your college was not found in the search, you will need to add the college manually.

    Enter attendance dates and degree information.  Majors and minors are listed alphabetically.  If your major/minor is not listed, select “Other” and enter your major/minor in the designated field.  Next, indicate if you were enrolled in an honors program at this school.

    Click [Add College Attended] on the bottom left corner of the screen.  Continue to enter additional colleges and universities attended by clicking on the [Add College or University] link.  Once you have entered all schools, check the box that states: Click the checkbox if you have no more colleges to enter at this time.  Your colleges will not be saved to the database until you have checked this box and clicked [Save ]or [Save and Continue].

    COLLEGES ATTENDED QUESTIONS

    First, you will be asked if you were admitted to any undergraduate public institution under the Texas Academic Fresh Start provision.

    Next, you will indicate your primary undergraduate college. Primary College is the college or university from which you received or will receive your bachelor's degree. If no degree is planned, select the school at which you earned the majority of your credit.

    Lastly, you will be asked if you want to release your information to the Health Professions Advisor at this school.  Checking [Yes] permits your advisor to view information about the status of your application.  Your TMDSAS application will be processed regardless of how you answer the question.  TMDSAS strongly encourages you to give permission to release selected information about the status of your application to your health professions advisor.  Having this information helps your advisor provide services to you and informs the advisor about the success of students from your college/university in being admitted into medical/dental/vet schools. However, your application will not be adversely impacted if you do not agree to have your information released to your health professions advisor.

    TERMS ATTENDED

    *You may make revisions to this section any time during the application process. You will be able to add new terms attended. *

    Enter all terms in which you have taken course work at each school listed in the [Colleges Attended] section as well as any future terms you plan to take coursework.

    To add a term, click on [Add Term] button next to the institution for which you wish to add a term.  From the drop-down menu, select the year, term and whether or not the credits are reported in semester or quarter hours.  Click [Add This Term] to save. 

    Once you have entered all terms, you MUST click [Save] or [Save and Continue] or all information will be lost.

    The terms listed in this section must match the attendance dates in the [Colleges Attended] section.  You cannot add terms that go beyond the attendance dates entered in the [Colleges Attended] section.

    COLLEGE COURSEWORK

    *You may make revisions to this section any time during the application process. You will be able to add planned/future coursework. *

    BEFORE YOU START
    Request an official transcript from each college/university you have attended to use as a reference for completing the [College Coursework] section.

    You will list all coursework ever enrolled in at every US, US Territorial, or Canadian college. This includes, but is not limited to:

    • Courses that have been repeated
    • Courses that you failed, regardless of whether they have been repeated
    • Courses you took in high school for college credit that appear on a college transcript
    • Courses taken at American colleges overseas

    It is helpful if you enter courses in the same order in which they are listed on your official transcript.

    ENTERING COURSEWORK DETAILS
    After listing all colleges you have attended and plan to attend in the [Colleges Attended] section, you will list all terms you have taken coursework and plan to take coursework in the [Terms Attended] section. 

    Be sure to list future/planned coursework (indicate "Not Yet Reported" as the grade for planned coursework). If you are unsure what courses you will be taking, add a placeholder course so that you can enter the courses you have registered to take at a later date (e.g. "Course to be determined").

    All courses that appear on your official transcript (s) and for which a grade and credit was ever assigned will be included in the TMDSAS GPA calculations, even if they are not included in the GPA calculations of the transcript-issuing school.  This includes, but is not limited to:

    • Courses that have been repeated
    • Courses that you failed, regardless of whether they have been repeated
    • Courses you took in high school for college credit that appear on a college transcript
    • Courses taken at American colleges overseas

    TMDSAS verifies your self-reported courses against your official transcript(s) and will report any discrepancies to your selected institutions. TMDSAS does not enter courses for you. TMDSAS will contact you and return your application for corrections or explanations if it identifies a significant number of course discrepancies or omissions.  Failure to properly enter all course information and to make corrections as requested may result in processing delays and may jeopardize your chances for admission.

    TMDSAS GPA 
    TMDSAS calculates the following GPA's:

    TMDSAS GPA's Calculated

    Overall GPA

    comprised of all coursework (undergraduate and graduate level).

    Overall Biology-Chemistry- Physics-Math (BCPM) GPA

    comprised of biology, chemistry, physics and math courses.

    Overall Non-BCPM GPA

    comprised of all other coursework (not included in BCPM GPA).

    Undergraduate GPA

    comprised of all undergraduate coursework.

    Undergraduate BCPM GPA

    comprised of undergraduate biology, chemistry, physics and math courses.

    Undergraduate Non-BCPM GPA

    comprised of all other undergraduate coursework (not included in UG BCPM GPA).

    Graduate GPA

    comprised of all graduate coursework.

    Graduate BCPM GPA

    comprised of graduate biology, chemistry, physics and math courses.

    Graduate Non-BCPM GPA

    comprised of all other graduate coursework (not included in graduate BCPM GPA).

    For full details on how GPA is calculated, refer to the Frequently Asked Questions.

    ADDING COURSEWORK FOR A TERM

    Select the term you wish to enter coursework for by clicking on the [Add Course] button.

    ACADEMIC STATUS
    Indicate your academic status for each course you enter. Refer to the table below for definitions.

    Academic Status

    PF: Pre-Freshman

    Any advanced placement, CLEP or dual enrollment courses that you received credit for BEFORE beginning college.

    FR: Freshman

    Approximately 0 - 30 semester hours completed.

    SO: Sophomore

    Approximately 31 - 60 semester hours completed.

    JR: Junior

    Approximately 61 - 90 semester hours completed.

    SR: Senior

    Approximately 91 - completion of undergraduate degree.

    PB: Post-baccalaureate

    Courses taken after completion of the Bachelor’s degree including those for a subsequent Bachelor’s degree, but not while enrolled in a graduate degree program.  Includes graduate level course work not applied to a graduate degree.

    GR: Graduate

    Courses taken while enrolled in a graduate degree program.

    COURSE TYPE
    Indicate the course type for each course taken. Most courses will be labeled [Regular Class].

    Course types include:

    • Regular Class - Most courses will be designated [Regular Class]. This is a regular class taken in the classroom.
    • Distance Learning/Online Course - Indicate if the course you are entering was completed as an on-line, correspondence or other form of learning at a distance. Distance learning/online courses are considered for credit and grades earned are computed into the TMDSAS GPA.
    • Honors - An honors course is one taken as part of an undergraduate honors program, not a course for which you may have received academic honors.
    • Study Abroad - Indicate if you enrolled in courses at a foreign university as part of a Study Abroad program, and received credit for those courses on a U.S. or Canadian school transcript. Courses completed overseas that are not part of a Study Abroad program should be treated as foreign coursework and will not be included in the TMDSAS GPA computation.
    • Advanced Placement/CLEP - Indicate if you have received credits on your transcript from AP or CLEP examinations.  AP or CLEP credit is accepted only if the school granting the credit lists the specific course(s) and number of units granted per course on an official transcript. Lump sum credit is not accepted. If these do not appear on the transcript, an official letter from the registrar is required.  AP credit appearing on the transcript without subject or course names will be classified as non-science unless official documentation is received. If a letter grade is shown on the official transcript, the letter grade should be listed in the Grade column and will be included in your GPA calculations.  If a letter grade is not given on the official transcript or the course is indicated as being passed, then enter the semester hours and, under Grade column, select CR – credit.
    • International Baccalaureate - Indicate if you have received credits on your transcript for completion of an International Baccalaureate Program, an intensive pre-college curriculum sponsored by the International Baccalaureate Organization.
    • Credit by Institutional/Departmental Exam - Indicate if you have received credits on your transcript for successful completion of an institutional or departmental examination.
    • Audit - Any course you attended without attempting to earn credit.  No credit hours or grade will be assigned.
    • Developmental - Developmental courses will not count towards the GPA nor will they be calculated into the overall hours.
    • Dual Credit - College credit earned when a high school student is taking a college course for both high school and college credit.  If you took college courses while in high school and received only college credit, you should indicate this Course Type as [Regular Class].  The credit must appear on an official transcript from the college. Courses may be taken at the high school or at the college, but need to be listed on the application under the name of the college.

    PREFIX
    Enter the departmental prefix of the course as it appears on the transcript - for example, CHEM.

    COURSE NUMBER
    Enter the course number as it appears on the official transcript. Do not enter the section number.

    COURSE NAME
    Enter the course name. If the course name is abbreviated on the transcript, you may enter the abbreviation or the full name.

    COURSE AREA
    Indicate the course area from the drop-down menu for each course.

    Below are the subject areas and courses which qualify for each. Please select course classifications based on the primary content of the course. For courses that are not listed, use your judgment – TMDSAS will make a final decision in determining the correct course area during processing.

    Course Area Definitions

    Biology

    Anatomy
    Bacteriology
    Biology
    Biophysics
    Botany
    Cellular Biology
    Cellular Physiology
    Ecology
    Genetics
    Histology
    Immunology
    Microbiology
    Molecular Biology
    Neuroscience
    Parasitology
    Pathophysiology
    Physiology
    Virology
    Zoology

    Biochemistry

    Biochemistry

    General Chemistry

    General Chemistry
    Analytical Chemistry
    Inorganic Chemistry
    Physical Chemistry
    Qualitative Analysis
    Quantitative Analysis

    Organic Chemistry

    Bio-Organic Chemistry
    Organic Chemistry

    Physics

    Electricity & Light
    Magnetism
    Mechanical Heat
    Physics
    Thermodynamics

    English

    Bible Literature
    Composition
    English
    Literature
    Poetry
    Rhetoric
    Theater Literature

    *Most English department courses

    Calculus or Statistics

    Bio statistics
    Calculus - must be taught by a Math or Physics Department
    Statistics (for science majors NOT for business)
    Business Calculus or any Pre-Calculus courses ARE NOT ACCEPTED

    Other Science

    Agricultural Science
    Astronomy
    Chiropractic
    Computer Science
    Dental Hygiene
    Electronics
    Engineering
    Epidemiology
    Geology
    Math (other than Calculus or Statistics)
    Medical Technology ONLY if in the Biology department
    Meteorology
    Nursing*
    Nutrition
    Occupational Therapy
    Pharmacy
    Physical Anthropology
    Physical Geography
    Physical Science
    Physical Therapy
    Physician Assistant
    Radiology
    Research seminars in Biology, Chemistry, Physics, and Math
    Respiratory Therapy
    *For Nursing, Veterinary Medicine, Animal Husbandry, Forestry, and Public Health – determine whether a course is Other Science or Non-Science by title of the course.

    Non-Science

    Acting                                                                  
    Archeology                                                        
    Art                                                                         
    Astrology                                                            
    Behavioral Science                                         
    Bio ethics                                             
    Business
    Communications             
    Cultural Geography                                        
    Economics                                          
    Education
    Emergency Med-Tech                                                           
    Ethics                                                   
    First Aid                                                               
    Foreign Language                                             
    Forestry                                              
    Geography                                                        
    Government
    Health/Personal Hygiene
    History
    Humanities
    Kinesiology
    Law
    Logic
    Medical Terminology
    Military Science
    Music
    Philosophy
    Physical Education
    Political Science
    Psychology
    Public Health
    Public Speaking
    Religion
    Social Ethics

    TRANSCRIPT GRADE
    Record the grade exactly as it appears on the official transcript.

    If narrative evaluations are used in your system in lieu of grades, list "Pass" if pass credit was awarded. Copies of narrative evaluations will be forwarded to your designated colleges.

    TMDSAS GRADE
    The TMDSAS grading system standardizes the way grades will be reported to your designated schools.  TMDSAS grades include: A, B, C, D, F, Credit, Pass, Quit, Fail, Incomplete and Not Yet Reported (to be used for planned/future coursework).

    The TMDSAS Grade is assigned a numeric value to calculate your grade point average.   As you enter your grades, the TMDSAS system will convert the grade to a TMDSAS Grade.

    CREDIT HOURS
    Enter the credit hours as they appear on your official transcript. All entries must be made in semester or quarter hours.

    Note: all Texas schools report credits in semester hours.

    You can enter hours up to one decimal point – 00.0 

    Some institutions grant credits as course units.  Please convert these course units into semester or quarter hours as defined by your institution on the back of your transcript.

    Common Conversion Examples:

    Austin College: 1 unit = 4 semester hours
    Duke University: 1 unit = 4 semester hours
    Northwestern University: 1 unit = 4 quarter hours or 2.7 semester hours

    LAST TIME TAKEN
    Last Time Taken is asking “Was this the last time you took this course?”  Most coursework will be answered as [Yes].  Courses repeated for additional credit, but not for a better grade, such as physical education, chorus, or thesis/research are not considered a repeat and should be answered [Yes].

    Instances where you would answer [No]:

    1. If you withdrew and re-took or plan to take the course again. For the first time you took the course enter [No]. When retaken, enter [Yes].
    2. If you received a C, D, F, took a Pass/Fail or Credit/No-Credit course then re-took the course for a better grade, enter [No] for the first time taken and enter [Yes] for the last time taken.
    Last Time Taken Help

    Course was taken and passed

    Enter [Yes] for Last Time Taken.

    Course was taken and grade received was C, D, F, Fail or No-Credit and class was retaken for a higher grade

    Enter [No] for first time the course was taken (with the low grade).

    Enter [Yes] for the last time the course was taken (with the higher grade).

    MILITARY CREDIT
    Individuals in the US Armed Services frequently receive credit for special courses that they have taken while in service. TMDSAS does not consider these courses to be college courses and they should not be added to the application. These courses are considered post-secondary, but do not appear on a college transcript. In other situations, information about these courses may be posted to a Joint Services Transcript (JST).

    In certain situations, colleges/universities may award academic credit for these same military courses, or for experiences gained during military service.  Such credit is usually considered “life experience credit” and is awarded as credit hours towards the completion of a degree.  In situations such as this, the applicant should indicate the credit hours on the TMDSAS application, under the college/university granting the credit.  Only the credit hours actually awarded by the college/university should be included in the TMDSAS application.

    You can submit your JST transcript to TMDSAS and we will forward it to the veterinary schools for their review.

    TRANSCRIPTS
    You must submit sealed official transcripts accompanied by a TMDSAS Transcript Request Form directly to TMDSAS.  One official transcript is required from every regionally accredited US, US Territorial or Canadian college attended. Copies or faxes are not accepted.

    This includes:

    • Colleges through which you earned dual credit coursework while in high school
    • Colleges through which you earned credit that was then transferred to your home institution

    While TMDSAS will accept transcripts that are not attached to a TMDSAS Transcript Request Form, TMDSAS is not responsible for transcripts that cannot be matched to your application due to the absence of a TMDSAS Transcript Request Form.  You are strongly encouraged to utilize these forms.  Be sure to inform the registrars that this form should be attached to the transcript when it is sent to TMDSAS.

    TMDSAS recommends that you obtain a personal copy of each transcript for your records to help you properly complete the [College Coursework] section of your application.

    It is your responsibility to verify and ensure that TMDSAS has received all of your official transcripts. Check the status of your transcripts regularly by logging into your application and viewing the [Status] page.

    Transcript Request Form

    1. Complete the [Colleges Attended] section of the application.
    2. Download the TMDSAS Transcript Request Form.
    3. Fill out the PDF and print it out OR print it and fill it out by hand.
    4. Deliver completed form to registrar at each college attended.
    5. Be sure to advise the Registrar’s office to enclose the Transcript Request Form with your official sealed transcript and mail it directly to TMDSAS.  Transcripts that are not accompanied by the Transcript Request Form can result in a delay in processing the document.

    Canadian Transcripts - Follow steps 1 – 5 above to have your English-speaking Canadian transcripts to be sent to TMDSAS.

    Study Abroad - If you participated in a Study Abroad program under the sponsorship of a US and the international coursework appears on the US transcript as regular itemized credit, only list the US institution on your TMDSAS application.  DO NOT list the foreign institution.  Arrange for only the US transcript to be sent to TMDSAS.  TMDSAS processes study-abroad coursework in the same manner as US coursework.

    Overseas US Institutions
    Overseas US institutions are:

    • Located outside US borders,
    • Accredited by a regional institutional accrediting agency recognized by the US Department of Education, and
    • Use English as the primary language of instruction and documentation.

    If you attended an overseas US institution, report it to TMDSAS in the same manner as your US and (English-speaking) Canadian institutions and arrange for an official transcript to be forwarded to TMDSAS. List all coursework on your TMDSAS application.  US institutions with campuses overseas are also considered US colleges for which transcripts are required and all coursework must be listed.

    International Transcripts - Enter coursework taken at all international colleges/universities in the [College Coursework] section.  Although TMDSAS permits you to list foreign coursework in your application, TMDSAS does not verify this coursework for authenticity and does not use grades from international transcripts in computing TMDSAS GPA’s. Foreign coursework does not count towards meeting the 90 hour requirement nor does it count towards meeting the prerequisite coursework.

    You are required to submit one transcript from every international college/university you have attended. TMDSAS also encourages international applicants to submit a copy of any evaluation of international coursework that has been completed by an official credential evaluation service.

    TMDSAS will forward a photocopy of your international transcript and evaluation to the veterinary school.

    PLANNED ENROLLMENT

    *You may make revisions to this section any time during the application process. You will be able to add planned enrollment.*

    Indicate if you plan to take any future coursework between the time of application and Summer 2015.  You will indicate the college, term and year for all future coursework.

    You will still need to list the terms in the [Terms Attended] section and list the actual planned coursework in the [College Coursework] section. These sections are independent of one another.If you are unsure what courses you will be taking, add a placeholder course so that you can enter the courses you have registered to take at a later date (e.g. "Course to be determined").

    DISCIPLINARY ACTION

    *You will not be able to make any changes to this section once you have submitted your application.  Review your entries carefully before submitting.*

    You will answer questions concerning your education history as well as disciplinary action.  Below are the questions:

    • Has your education or vocation ever been interrupted for any reason?
    • Were you ever the recipient of any action by any college or professional school for unacceptable academic performance (i.e. academic probation, suspension, dismissal, etc.)?
    • Were you ever the recipient of any action by any college or professional school for conduct violations?
    • Have you ever been sanctioned or received disciplinary action by a State Licensure Board of any kind (e.g. nursing, pharmacy, legal, etc.)?

    Important: You are required to inform the Admissions Office of the veterinary school as well as TMDSAS if you become the subject of an institutional action or disciplinary after the date of original application submission. This communication must be in writing and must occur within ten (10) business days of the occurrence of the institutional action. Failure to do so is grounds for rejection of your application, withdrawal of any offer of acceptance, dismissal after enrollment, or rescission of any degrees granted.

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    Questions: Employment & Activities

    *You will not be able to make any changes to these sections once you have submitted your application.  Review your entries carefully before submitting*

    If you have activities that fit into more than one of the categories below, you should list the activity in each category. We recommend that you list activities in multiple categories if they fit the criteria in more than one category.

    Keep in mind that your [Chronology of Activities] will be automatically built from the information you enter in all other sections of the application.  Your chronology MUST account for all time between high school graduation and August 2015; therefore, you must account for this time period in all the sub-sections of the [Employment & Activities] section.

    ACADEMIC RECOGNITION

    Indicate the Award Title, date received, city, country, state and a brief description of the award.  Click on [Submit] to save the record.

    Additional records can be added by clicking the [Add An Award] link.

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    NON-ACADEMIC RECOGNITION

    List non-academic honors, awards and other recognitions received since beginning college to the present. Indicate the Award Title, date received, city, country, state and a brief description of the award.  Click on [Submit] to save the record.

    Additional records can be added by clicking the [Add An Award] link.

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    LEADERSHIP

    List any leadership roles or positions of responsibility held since beginning college to the present.  Indicate the Role Title, start date, end date, city, country, state and a brief description of the position.  Click on [Submit] to save the record.

    Additional records can be added by clicking the [Add a Leadership Role] link.

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    EMPLOYMENT

    List all jobs (paid work experience) held since graduating from high school to the present, including military service.  Indicate the employer, job title, when the job was held, start date, end date, city, hours worked per week, country, state and a brief description of the job.  Click on [Submit] to save the record.

    Additional records can be added by clicking the [Add an Employment Activity] link.

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    RESEARCH ACTIVITIES

    List any significant research activities (paid or volunteer) you have participated in since beginning college to the present.  Indicate the Research Activity Name, start date, end date, city, approximate hours worked per week, total cumulative hours, country, state and a brief description of the research.  Click on [Submit] to save the record.

    Additional records can be added by clicking the [Add a Research Activity] link.

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    HEALTHCARE ACTIVITIES

    List any healthcare related community service, volunteer, employment OR shadowing experience you have participated in since beginning college to the present.  Indicate the Activity Name, start date, end date, city, hours worked per week, total cumulative hours, country, state and a brief description of the activity.  Click on [Submit] to save the record.

    Additional records can be added by clicking the [Add a Healthcare Activity] link.

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    VETERINARY SUPERVISED EXPERIENCE

    List all veterinary supervised experience you have participated in since beginning college to the present.  Experiences may include clinical, research, on-call as well as any other experiences that were under the direct supervision of a licensed veterinarian.
                                                                 
    Indicate the Activity Name, whether it is volunteer experience or paid experience, location,  supervisor name and credentials, start date, end date, city, total cumulative hours worked, country, state and a brief description of the experience.  Click on [Submit] to save the record.

    Additional records can be added by clicking the [Add a Veterinary Supervised Activity] link.

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    ANIMAL EXPERIENCE

    List any animal experiences not supervised by a veterinarian or any other general animal experiences. This may include FFA, 4-H projects, animal shelter, SPCA, ranch/farm animal experience and research work. Only 100 hours of pet ownership will count towards overall animal experience.

    Indicate the Activity Name, whether it is volunteer experience or paid experience, location,  supervisor name and credentials, start date, end date, city, total cumulative hours worked, country, state and a brief description of the experience.  Click on [Submit] to save the record.

    Additional records can be added by clicking the [Add an Animal Experience Activity] link.

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    COMMUNITY SERVICE

    List any non-healthcare related community service or volunteer activities you have participated in since beginning college to the present.  Indicate the Activity Name, start date, end date, city, approximate hours per week, total cumulative hours, country, state and a brief description of the activity.  Click on [Submit] to save the record.

    Additional records can be added by clicking the [Add a Community Service Activity] link.

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    EXTRACURRICULAR & LEISURE ACTIVITIES

    List any significant extracurricular, leisure activities or hobbies you have participated in since beginning college to the present.  Indicate the Type of Activity, start date, end date, city, approximate hours per month, total cumulative hours, country, state and a brief description of the activity.  Click on [Submit] to save the record.

    Additional records can be added by clicking the [Add an Extracurricular/Leisure Activity] link.

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    PLANNED ACTIVITIES

    Indicate future activities you plan on participating in between now and August 2014.  This should include any future employment as well as any future research, healthcare, community service, or extracurricular activities.  Indicate the Activity Type, start date, planned end date, city, total projected hours, country, state and a brief description of the activity.  Click on [Submit] to save the record.

    Additional records can be added by clicking the [Add a Planned Activity] link.

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    Questions: Essays

    *You will not be able to make any changes to this section once you have submitted your application. Review your entries carefully before submitting.*

    To avoid formatting issues, we recommend typing your essay directly into the TMDSAS application rather than cutting and pasting your essay from other software. Copying formatted text into the application may result in formatting issues that cannot be edited once your application has been submitted.

    It is important that you proof your essays thoroughly after saving. Your essays will be sent to the school exactly as they appear. TMDSAS will not contact you about incomplete essays or margin cut-offs. Grammatical and/or typographical errors will not be corrected once your application is submitted to TMDSAS.

    VETERINARY PERSONAL STATEMENT

    The personal essay asks you to discuss why you would like to be a veterinarian and indicate your goals relevant to the profession.

    The essay is limited to 5000 characters, including spaces.

    OPTIONAL ESSAYS

    The optional essays are an opportunity to provide the admissions committee(s) with a broader picture of who you are as an applicant.  The essays are optional; however, you are strongly encouraged to take advantage of this opportunity.

    1. Optional Essay 1:
      Briefly state any unique circumstances or life experiences that are relevant to your application.   This is not an area to continue your essay or reiterate what you have previously stated - this area is provided to address any issues which have not previously been addressed. 

      Optional Essay 1 is limited to 2500 characters, including spaces.
    2. Optional Essay 2:
      Describe any personal characteristics and/or important or challenging experiences you have had that will contribute to the diversity (broadly defined) of/ or provide educational benefits to the student body.

      Optional Essay 2 is limited to 2500 characters, including spaces.

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    Supporting Documents

    UPLOAD PHOTO

    As part of your application, you are required to upload a digital photo of yourself.  It must be smaller than 100 KB and be in one of the following file formats: jpg, gif, png or bmp.

    If you don’t have access to a digital photo of yourself, many print shops such as Kinko’s can provide you with one.

    TEST DATES

    *You will be able to make changes to this section once you have submitted your application.  You will be able to add or remove planned test dates.*

    The Graduate Record Exam, GRE, is required for admission to veterinary school.

    Applicants must have taken the GRE between August 1, 2011 and September 30, 2014 to be considered for entry Class of 2015.

    Scores must be submitted directly to Texas A&M University College of Veterinary Medicine using the institution code #6812. Failure to do so will disqualify the applicant from consideration during the current cycle.

    GRE TAKEN
    Enter all dates you have previously taken the GRE.

    GRE PLANNED
    Enter all dates you plan to take the GRE between the time of application and September 30, 2013.

    * Important: Any change in planned test dates MUST be immediately reported to TMDSAS.   You can update this information by logging into your application. Failure to do so will cause your application to be incomplete which could affect your evaluation at one or more of the participating schools.

    LETTERS OF EVALUATION

    Applicants are required to submit THREE individual evaluations directly to TMDSAS. Each evaluation must be completed on the Texas A&M Veterinary Applicant Evaluation Form.

    Evaluations are an important part of the selections process and should be completed by individuals other than family members who have known the applicant for an extended period of time. The applicants are strongly encouraged to read the questions that are asked on the evaluation form and select evaluators who can provide the most thorough answers to the questions. One evaluation must be completed by a veterinarian. The veterinarian should address what the applicant did while working for him or her. They should also honestly evaluate the applicant's strengths and weaknesses.

    Please note, only the TAMU CVM Applicant Evaluation Form is required from your evaluators.  No accompanying letter is required or desired by the veterinary school.  Any letter received without the evaluation form will not be accepted.

    You can submit your TAMU CVM Applicant Evaluation Forms via one of the following two options:

    OPTION 1: Email the TAMU CVM Applicant Evaluation Form to the Evaluator:

    1. Enter name of evaluator in placeholder in [Letters of Evaluation] section.
    2. Select Upload Directly as response to “Indicate how your evaluator will send your letter to TMDSAS”.
    3. Enter a valid email for the evaluator.
    4. Once evaluator's name and email are provided, the evaluator will receive an email from TMDSAS with the evaluation form directing him or her to the TMDSAS Evaluator Portal.
    5. Evaluator will follow instructions provided for completing and submitting the evaluation form and uploading it to the TMDSAS Evaluator Portal.

    OPTION 2: Print & Mail the TAMU CVM Applicant Evaluation Form to the Evaluator:

    1. Enter name of evaluator in placeholder in [Letters of Evaluation] section.
    2. Select Print as response to “Indicate how your evaluator will send your letter to TMDSAS”.
    3. Download and print the TAMU CVM Applicant Evaluation Form. Print a form for each evaluator that will mail in evaluation form.
    4. Complete the top portion of the TAMU CVM Evaluation Form.
    5. Deliver the form to your evaluators. You can do this by mail, by fax or in person.
    6. Your evaluator must then fill out the TAMU CVM Evaluation Form and sign it. Evaluator should mail the completed TAMU CVM Evaluation Form to:

      TMDSAS
      P.O. Box 2175
      Austin, TX 78768

    A Health Professions Committee packet will be accepted as only one letter unless the packet meets the requirements indicated on the Texas A&M Veterinary Evaluation Form. The evaluations must be sealed in an envelope with the evaluator’s signature across the seal. The applicant should select someone who knows them well enough to evaluate them based on the criteria listed on the Texas A&M Veterinary Evaluation Form.

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    Chronology of Activities

    *You will not be able to make any changes to this section once you have submitted your application. Review your entries carefully before submitting.*

    Your Chronology of Activities will be automatically built from the information you enter in all other sections of the application.  This is done for your convenience; therefore, it is to your advantage to complete all other sections before completing this section.  The compiling of this data will be done only once – if you delete or change items in other sections after your Chronology is compiled, you will have to retype that information in your Chronology – you cannot re-import the data.

    You can edit or delete items from the Chronology – doing so will not change what you have entered elsewhere in the application.

     Your Chronology MUST account for all time between high school graduation and August 2015.  

    Once the import of your data has been done, a [Show Activities Calendar] link appears.  Click on the link to see a calendar displaying any gaps in your chronology.  Gaps will be indicated by a blank box on the calendar.  All gaps greater than 3 months must have a record.

    You will be able to add records to fill any gaps in time.

    NOTE: this page only imports the first 50 characters of previously entered descriptions.  If you do not want your description to be truncated, be sure to edit your activity descriptions appropriately after import to fit within 50 characters. The schools will see the full description within each [Employment & Activities] section.

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    Proof of Residency

    *You will not be able to make any changes to this section once you have submitted your application. Review your entries carefully before submitting.*

    This section contains questions regarding your citizenship, state of legal residence, etc.  These questions will determine whether you are classified as a Texas resident or a non-resident.

    Applicants who are not US citizens MUST provide TMDSAS with a copy of both sides of their Permanent Resident card or Visa stamp in their passport.  An application will NOT be processed without this documentation.  This documentation can be uploaded directly to the application via the [Residency Documents] section. The documents can also be mailed to TMDSAS. If mailed, include your full name and TMDSAS ID on the copy.

    A non-US citizen must indicate his/her country of citizenship and complete the required information regarding his/her Visa.  If your Permanent Resident card has no expiration date, enter the expiration date as ten years from the issue date.

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    Pay & Submit

    CERTIFICATION

    In order to submit your application, you are required to certify several statements. Your certification of this takes place of your legal signature and is binding.  By electronically signing these statements, you signify that you have read this information as well as all other instructions throughout the application.

    * I understand that application irregularities are documented by The Texas Medical and Dental School Application Service (TMDSAS) and member schools and are reported to the Association of American Medical Colleges, American Dental Education Association, American Association of Osteopathic Medicine, Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges, and other appropriate professional organizations.

    * I further understand that all actions on admission to a professional program are the prerogative of each individual professional school.

    * I further understand that, in accordance with the individual school's policy, some or all TMDSAS participating schools require a criminal background check on applicants as a condition of admission or matriculation.

    * I certify that the information in this application and all attachments are complete and correct to the best of my knowledge and belief. I authorize TMDSAS and any medical, dental, or veterinary school to which I am applying to verify the information I have provided.  I further understand that this information will be relied upon by TMDSAS and officials of the medical, dental, and veterinary schools in determining my resident status for admission and later for tuition purposes and that submission of false information is grounds for rejection of my application, withdrawal of any offer of acceptance, dismissal after enrollment, or rescission of any degrees granted.

    * I further certify that I will report to TMDSAS any event which occurs subsequent to filing this application but prior to matriculation that would alter any answer provided on my application. I understand that failure to do so is grounds for rejection of my application, withdrawal of any offer of acceptance, dismissal after enrollment, or rescission of any degrees granted.

    * I understand that I am required to notify TMDSAS and the Admissions Office of each school to which I apply if I am charged, convicted of, plead guilty, or no contest to a felony or misdemeanor crime after the date of my original application submission. I understand that this notification must be in writing and occur within ten (10) business days of the occurrence of the criminal charge or conviction.  Failure to do so is grounds for rejection of your application, withdrawal of any offer of acceptance, dismissal after enrollment, or rescission of any degrees granted.

    * I understand that I am required to notify TMDSAS and the Admissions Office of each school to which I apply if I become the subject of an institutional action or disciplinary action after the date of my original application submission. I understand that this notification must be in writing and occur within ten (10) business days of the occurrence of the institutional action.  Failure to do so is grounds for rejection of your application, withdrawal of any offer of acceptance, dismissal after enrollment, or rescission of any degrees granted.

    * I certify that all written passages, such as the personal statement, optional essays, essays required dual-degree applicants, and descriptions of employment/ activities, are my own and have not been written, in part or in whole, by a third party. Quotations are permitted if the source is cited.

    * I have read, understand and agree to comply with TMDSAS Instructions, including the statements that I am responsible for monitoring and ensuring the progress of my application process, by frequently checking the [Status] page of my application. I also understand that I am responsible for knowing and understanding the admissions requirements for each school to which I am applying, and that I am not eligible for a refund of TMDSAS fees if I do not meet the admissions requirements of the schools.

    PAYMENT

    At the time of submission, you must provide payment for any application fees. 

    You can pay the application fee by credit card, Electronic Funds Transfer, EFT/ACH or by mailing in a money order/cashier’s check drawn on a U.S. bank. 

    The EFT (Electronic Funds Transfer) payment method allows you to send TMDSAS a payment over the Internet as simply as writing a check. In general EFT transactions are performed by the Automated Clearing House, ACH, through the Federal Reserve system. All you will need is a check so that you can enter your routing and account number. You must be authorized to sign checks on this account to use this payment method.

    The application fee is non-refundable.

    Refer to the Application Fee section in the Application Instructions for complete payment information.

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