Vaqueros DPM

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Creating Future Physicians of Tomorrow

The Vaqueros DPM Program is for RGV high school students interested in pursuing a future career in medicine. South Texas graduates now have a convenient path to becoming future physicians through admission and completion of the Vaqueros DPM Program.

Vaqueros DPM Program selects a limited number of high-achieving South Texas students who begin their undergraduate career and receive conditional admission to the entering class at UTRGV School of Podiatric Medicine upon graduation.

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The online application for the 2024 cohort opens October 1, 2023!

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About Us

The UTRGV School of Podiatric Medicine uses innovative, competency-based medical education to train the next generation of physicians who are committed to improving the lives and well-being of their communities through innovative research and compassionate, patient-centered care.


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Application Review & Decision Timeline

Below you will find a timeline of the review and decision process after you submit your completed application:

2023 Application Timeline
Month Details
October October 1, 2023 application period opens
May May 31, 2024, at 11:59 pm application period closes
March – May Applications will be reviewed by a committee and top candidates will be selected for an interview
June Applicants will be notified of admission decision
August Vaqueros DPM 2024 cohort announced

Additionally, the admissions committee has set a new requirement that applicants must score in the 90th percentile or higher on either the SAT or ACT. This requirement will be taken into consideration during the application review process.

Eligibility Criteria

Eligibility Criteria

Future Vaqueros DPM scholars must meet the following criteria:

  • Attend and graduate from a South Texas high school, or
  • Attend and graduate from an online high school, home school, or boarding school outside the South Texas Region: and
  • Resides in the South Texas Region (permanent/home address)
The South Texas Region is defined as the following 13 counties:
Webb, Zapata, Starr, Hidalgo, Cameron, Willacy, Kenedy, Brooks, Jim Hogg, Kleberg, San Patricio, Aransas, and Nueces.

South Texas Counties: Webb, Zapata, Starr, Hidalgo, Cameron, Willacy, Kenedy, Brooks, Jim Hogg, Kleberg, San Patricio, Aransas, and Nueces.

Enter UTRGV as incoming first-year students.

Are accepted and officially enrolled in Vaqueros DPM within any major.

Submit letters of recommendation from high school teachers, counselors or administrators.

Complete interviews with UTRGV and SOPM faculty and staff.

Demonstrate maturity, motivation, and other attributes reflecting exceptional leadership, character, and achievement through recommendation letters from school counselors, a personal written statement, a video essay, and interviews.

Have scored at the 90th percentile or above in one sitting on the SAT (math & critical reading) or the ACT.

Rank in the top 10% of their high school graduating class and possess a minimum 3.75 GPA on a 4.0 scale and a 3.5 or higher cumulative GPA in science courses.

Vaqueros DPM SOPM Matriculation Requirement

Qualifying metrics and requirements are as follows:

  • Applications via TMDSAS start on May 1st.

  • MCAT minimum score at or above the 30th percentile (495+).

    • *Students who score less than the required minimum MCAT score (495) on first test will have a deadline set by the Committee to retake the MCAT and accomplish the required minimum score.

      *NOTE – Two MCAT scores considered; additional score will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
  • GPA overall minimum 3.2

  • GPA science minimum 3.25

  • All grades must be at or above “C”

  • No felony convictions

  • Primary application deadline is August 1st.

  • Secondary application deadline is August 15th.

  • All supporting documents (transcripts, MCAT scores, evaluation letters) must be received by September 15th.

  • Other requirements remain the same as regular applicants (please see requirements section on the website).

*Requirement due dates are updated on a yearly basis.

Director of Admissions (SOPM)

Gilbert D. Morin

Gilbert D. Morin, MSHS, MBA
Director of Admissions, SOPM