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Applicants to schools of medicine, osteopathy, dentistry and veterinary medicine may major in any discipline at the undergraduate level. Since the required courses for admission tend to be heavy in the sciences, most students at Siena Heights aspiring to study for these professions major in biology.

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Brandon Bowers ’13
Brandon Bowers ’13

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SHU offers the prerequisite coursework required by the majority of veterinary medical colleges: one year of biology with lab, two semesters of general chemistry with lab, two semesters of organic chemistry with lab, two semesters of physics with lab, and biochemistry. SHU students can also complete advanced animal courses in anatomy, physiology, behavior, and immunology, as well as genetics and microbiology. Requirements vary, so please see the specific prerequisites for the veterinary medical school you wish to apply to. Veterinary medical colleges do not post a minimum GPA requirement, but the average overall GPA of applicants is around 3.5. Some veterinary medical colleges require a Graduate Record Examination (GRE) score, and SHU has GRE preparation books. A typical GRE score of those who enter veterinary medical school is in the 150s for verbal, 150s for quantitative, and 4 for analytical writing. We strongly recommend studying more than 3 months for the GRE and taking the test in the summer before the senior year.SHU supports extracurricular activities for your veterinary medical school application. Career Services and the biology faculty can assist you in gaining experiences working with animals. Lenawee County is home to numerous veterinary practices, animal shelters, dairy farms, and rescue facilities, where students can shadow veterinarians and gain hands-on experiences working with a variety of animals under different settings. SHU hosts an evening with exotic animals from Asia, Africa, and South America and conducts behavioral studies at the Toledo Zoo. Students can also gain animal-related research experiences working one-on-one with a SHU faculty member or by enrolling in a SHU Sustainability Internship focused on biodiversity and animal welfare. SHU has active chapters of Beta Beta Beta National Biological Honors Society, Greenlight Environmental Science Club, and a Chemistry Club, where students can develop essential leadership skills. The Center for Student Success provides dedicated advisors to assist students with academic development. Siena Heights’ Career Services offers valuable networking, internship, and career opportunities through workshops, job boards, and career fairs.

Carlee Resh
Assistant Professor of Biology
Jun Tsuji
Assistant Dean of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics
Milson Luce
Associate Professor of Biology

Costs & Aid

We know that college can be expensive, but we don’t want cost to keep you from attending Siena Heights University! We offer numerous financial aid opportunities. Federal aid is available to students who qualify by completing the FAFSA. Feel free to contact us with questions about financial aid opportunities, or click on one of the links below.