Perseverance is the hallmark of the NC State College of Veterinary Medicine Class of 2026.
The last three years of their university life were marred by the complications of a pandemic and social upheaval. Yet they persisted and met the rigorous requirements to land a coveted spot in the incoming class of NC State College of Veterinary Medicine.
When classes begin August 8, students from South Carolina, Texas, Virginia, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, Ohio, New Jersey, New Hampshire, Arizona, California , Florida and Guam will join North Carolina residents, including 25 from Wake County, as college freshmen.
The Class of 2026 includes graduates from 41 academic institutions, including NC State University. There are 42 NC State graduates in the group.
It is a multiethnic class that includes 16 African American students, 13 Hispanic, nine multiracial, five Asian, and one Native American.
Here’s a look at the CVM Class of 2026:
1907: Total number of applicants for this year’s class – 345 from North Carolina residents and 1,562 from non-residents
96 to 12: The ratio of women to men in the class
6: Students from Puerto Rico
11:34 p.m.: Average age of a new student
3.69: Average GPA for incoming class
37: The total number of students planning to specialize in some form of small animal medicine. Other areas of interest include mixed animal medicine (17), zoological medicine (8), large ruminant medicine (7) and clinician-scientist (7).
All are now members of the NC State family, and they will soon be doing their part to improve the health and welfare of animals and humans.