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University of Rhode Island — Animal & Veterinary Science

What should I do now as an undergraduate?

Graduate programs are intended for students with high academic potential. Most programs require a minimum of a 3.0 GPA for admission, so you can prepare for a graduate program by earning good grades in your undergraduate classes.

In addition to a strong GPA, most programs require that you complete a standardized entrance exam, the Graduate Record Exam (GRE), which is similar to the SAT or ACT. Visit the GRE’s Website to get information on the exam and how you can prepare for it.

Experience in your field is also generally required. You should gain experience in your planned area of study through:

  • experiential learning,
  • volunteering, and/or
  • paid positions.

Finally, be sure to read the admission requirements and watch application deadlines carefully since they vary from school to school.