College of Veterinary Medicine

Residency Information

Residency Information

  • All prospective students applying to WSU’s College of Veterinary Medicine, regardless of resident status, must complete a VMCAS application and WSU CVM Supplemental Application. This includes WIMU and WICHE students.
  • Applicants must declare their state of residency on the VMCAS and WSU Supplemental Application. By identifying yourself as a Washington resident, Idaho resident, Montana resident, Utah resident, a resident of a WICHE state (Arizona, Hawaii, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Wyoming), or as an out-of-area resident, your application will be funneled through the appropriate application pool.
  • It is highly recommended that applicants contact the appropriate state authority for information regarding residency requirements as early in the application process as possible. Below is some general information to help you with the process. Please visit the WSU Registrar's Office website for more information
  • For tuition information for residents and non-residents visit


How to establish residency for tuition-paying purposes (out-of-area, non-resident students)

The state of Washington allows professional WSU veterinary students who are accepted into the Pullman campus as non-residents (out-of-area)* to change their residency status (become WA residents) after residing in Washington state for one year and meeting certain criteria. Visit the WSU Registrar's Office website for more information

* Students in the WIMU regional program or WICHE supported students are not eligible to change their residency status for tuition purposes.


Washington and Idaho residents:

  • Washington and Idaho residents apply to the Pullman campus for the entire four years.
  • Up to 55 seats in the incoming class are reserved for Washington residents, and 11 are reserved for Idaho residents.
  • Washington and Idaho residents cannot apply through the out-of-area, non-resident pool.

Idaho applicants should review the Idaho Residency Law information and complete the WSU Veterinary Medicine residency worksheet once instructed to do so as part of their application process. Residency questions should be directed to Chris Menter at cmenter@uidaho.edu or (208) 885-6731.


Utah residents:

  • Up to 20 Utah residents may be admitted through the WIMU regional cooperative program in veterinary medicine. The state of Utah is no longer participating in the WICHE program.
  • Applicants selected to participate in this regional program spend their first two years in Logan, UT (Utah State University) and the remaining two years at the Pullman campus.
  • Utah residents cannot apply through the out-of-area, non-resident pool.
  • Residency requirements are described here . Students will not be able to change their residency once they are accepted into the program.
  • To verify UT residency, each applicant must submit this form along with a copy of their driver's license, voter registration, and vehicle registration as proof of Utah domicile.

Montana residents:

  • Ten Montana residents may be admitted through the cooperative WIMU program. We are encouraging all Montana residents to apply to this new and exciting regional cooperative program.
  • Applicants selected to participate in this regional program spend their first year in Bozeman, MT (Montana State University) and the remaining three years at the Pullman campus.
  • On the VMCAS application, Montana students choose WSU CVM as the veterinary medical program where you wish your application to be sent.
  • On the WSU Supplemental Application, select MT as your residency state.
  • Applicants must certify as Montana residents through the Montana Professional Student Exchange Program (PSEP) - information and application can be found here (click on "Veterinary" under the blue "Application Materials" section on the left - here you will find the application).
  • Interview offers will be sent out the first of November. Interviews for the 10 spots in the regional program are tentatively scheduled for the week of November 18 2013 and admissions offers will be made shortly thereafter. After the 10 positions in the regional program are filled, offers may be made to those Montana applicants who have received WICHE financial support.

WICHE residents (Arizona, Hawaii, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Wyoming):

The WSU College of Veterinary Medicine is a participant and receiving school in the Western Interstate Commission on Higher Education (WICHE) exchange program. The WICHE exchange program helps students in the above listed western states enroll in select, out-of-state professional programs not offered in their home states, as well as providing financial support for that professional program.

  • Applicants from WICHE states should contact the WICHE office in their home state to determine what certification requirements apply to them (see Application Procedures).
  • Under the terms of the WICHE Compact, a certified student admitted from a WICHE state is sponsored by the student’s home state and pays resident tuition and fees only.
  • Students must apply to their home states for certification no later than October 15.
  • WICHE resident certified applicants selected to receive WICHE sponsored support from their state attend the four-year program at the Pullman campus.
  • Applicants from WICHE states that are not selected to receive WICHE sponsored support (as well as those applicants who do not receive certification through their state) will be asked on the WSU Supplemental Application if they would like to be considered in the out-of-area applicant pool.
  • Additional information may be obtained from:

    Student Exchange Program Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education
    3035 Center Green Dr, Suite 200
    Boulder, CO 80301-2204
    303-541-0214
    www.wiche.edu
    Professional Student Exchange Program Brochure


Out-Of-Area residents:

  • Applicants who are not residents of the states of Washington, Utah, Montana or Idaho, as well as applicants from WICHE states who either were not certified or selected to receive financial support from their state, will be considered in the out-of-area applicant pool.
  • Up to 35 seats are available for successful applicants in the out-of-area applicant pool. Between 15-25 students will attend at the Pullman campus for all four years. Up to 10 students will begin their first two years in Logan, Utah and their final two years on the Pullman campus.
  • On the WSU Supplemental Application, you may list your preference (not guaranteed) to spend four years at the Pullman campus or begin in Logan, UT for the first two years.
  • Out-of-area residents accepted at the Logan site will not be able to change their residency after they are accepted to the program.

International residents:

  • Applications from international students are accepted and encouraged and are also considered in the out-of-area pool (see information above).
  • All international applicants must submit transcripts to a transcript evaluation service. International students must pay out of state tuition for all four years (see Tuition, Fees, and Other Expenses) and must demonstrate the ability to pay tuition and fees before being admitted to the university.
  • International students must also demonstrate English proficiency. A TOEFL score greater than 650 is required.
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