Culbertson ’22 Accepted to Mississippi State University Early Entry Veterinary Medicine Program

BILOXI, Miss.- St. Patrick Catholic High School is proud to announce that Avery Culbertson ’22 has been accepted to Mississippi State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine.  The Early Entry Program is a unique program of the Mississippi State’s College of Veterinary Medicine that allows high-achieving high school seniors to earn pre-approved acceptance into the College of Veterinary Medicine. Both Mississippi and out-of-state students are eligible for the program. Up to 30 positions are available each year, with about 120+ applications generally received for this highly competitive program.

The average GPA requirements for the early entry requirements are a 3.9 unweighted GPA and a 30 plus ACT score. The Early Entry Program Admissions Committee considers animal and veterinary experience, work experience, leadership qualities, and non-academic qualities.

Avery’s resume includes countless hours of volunteer experience at the Humane society of South Mississippi, fostering sick and injured cats and kittens. She has also volunteered with the Mississippi Aquarium assisting the rehabilitation of sick and injured Kemp’s Ridley New England sea turtles. She is currently shadowing Dr. Michael Dill with Bienville Animal Medical Center in Ocean Springs.

On the academic side, Avery is the vice president of the National Honor Society and has been an honor roll student since 2018. She has an ACT composite score of 34 and a 4.11 GPA. She has received several academic awards in her classes including Dual Credit Psychology, AP Language Arts and Composition, AP U.S. History etc. She is a member of the St. Patrick Campus Ministry team, a Varsity Cheerleader, and a member of the Track and Field team.


St. Patrick Catholic High School is a faith-based, college preparatory high school in Biloxi, Mississippi. Established in 2007, St. Patrick strives each day to Educate Scholars, Train Disciples, and Support Champions. St. Patrick is proud to report a 100% college matriculation rate, ACT and SAT scores that far exceed the state and national averages, and a rich history of Catholic education founded in the traditional roots of our legacy schools of St. John High School, Mercy Cross High School, Notre Dame High School, and Sacred Heart Academy. In 2019, St. Patrick was named a Blue Ribbon School by the U.S. Department of Education.