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Cornell University


Office of Student & Academic Services

College of Veterinary Medicine

S2-009 Schurman Hall

Cornell University

Ithaca, NY 14853-6401

Telephone: (607) 253-3700

Cornell is located in Ithaca, a college town of about 30,000 in the Finger Lakes region of upstate New York, a beautiful area of rolling hills, deep valleys, scenic gorges, and clear lakes. The university’s 740-acre campus is bounded on two sides by gorges and waterfalls. Open countryside, state parks, and year-round opportunities for outdoor recreation, including excellent sailing, swimming, skiing, hiking, and other activities, are only minutes away.
Ithaca is one hour by air and a four-hour drive from New York City, and other
major metropolitan areas are easily accessible. Direct commercial flights connect Ithaca with New York, Boston, Chicago, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, and other cities.
The tradition of academic excellence, the cultural vigor of a distinguished university, and the magnificent setting create a stimulating environment for graduate study. The curriculum differs from other programs in that it is inter- disciplinary, small group learning early in the program and focuses on the student as the primary force in learning.

Application information

For specific information about the application process visit our web site at:

The Supplemental Application can be found at   .

You may also subscribe to our free electronic Pre-Vet Newsletter at:  

for application updates and current information about the College of Veterinary Medicine.

Residency implications: approximately 55 seats for New York State residents and 47 seats for non-NY residents.

Prerequisites for Admission

Course requirements and semester hours


English composition/literature* (full year


Biology or zoology, full year with laboratory


* Three credits of literature may be satisfied by a course in public speaking.


Physics, full year with laboratory


Inorganic (general) chemistry, full year with laboratory


Organic chemistry, full year with laboratory


Biochemistry, half year required; full year preferred


General microbiology, with laboratory


Non-prerequisite elective credits needed


All prerequisites must have a letter grade of C– or better.

Required undergraduate GPA: No specific GPA requirement, but the grade range of those admitted tends to be 3.00–4.00.

AP credit policy: accepted for physics and general or inorganic chemistry with a score of 4 or higher.

Course completion deadline: all but 12 credits of the prerequisite coursework should be completed at the time of application, with at least one semester of any two-semester series underway. Any outstanding prerequisites must be completed by the end of the spring term prior to matriculation.

Standardized examinations: Graduate Record Examination (GRE ®), general test (verbal and quantitative), or the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) is required. Official test scores must be received directly from ETS or AMA by Oct. 15. (Last recommended date to take tests is September 30.) Test scores older than 5 years will not be accepted.

Additional requirements and considerations

• Up to 5 most significant animal/veterinary/biomedical research experiences listed on the Cornell Supplemental Application with letters of evaluation (evaluations can come through the eLor system or the Cornell electronic evaluation system
• At least one letter of evaluation from a veterinarian
• Academic adviser or faculty evaluation
• Extracurricular and/or community service activities; Non-veterinary
work experiences
• Essay and short answer questions

Summary of Admission Procedure


VMCAS application   deadline: Wednesday, October 2, 2013 at 1:00 p.m.
Eastern Time (transcripts due September 1, 2013, to VMCAS)
Supplemental application deadline: Oct. 15
Information sessions at the college for admitted students and
alternates: February/March
Date acceptances mailed: January
School begins: mid/late August

Deposit (to hold place in class): $500.00 (by April 15).

Deferments: considered on an individual basis, and ordinarily granted for illness or other situations beyond the control of the applicant.

Evaluation criteria

The following admissions formula allows the applicant to see how their application will be reviewed:
25% Overall GPA
25% GRE (verbal & quantitative) or MCAT Scores
20% Animal/Veterinary/Biomedical Research Experiences
• at least one letter of evaluation from a veterinarian
5% Quality of Academic Program
• with academic letter of evaluation
10% Non-Cognitive Skills
10% All Other Achievements
5% Personal Statement

2011–2012 admissions summary

                                                                            Number of             Number of

                                                                             Applicants            New Entrants

Resident                                                                   261                          54
Nonresident*                                                            656                          48
Total:                                                                          917                         102

* All other states and international applicants.

Expenses for the 2012–2013 Academic year

Tuition and fees

Resident                                         $29,400
Nonresident                                    $44,250

Dual-Degree Programs

DVM/phD Dual Degree- By integrating Cornell’s veterinary and graduate curricula in the DVM/PhD Program, we prepare students to become leaders in science, medicine, and society, able to excel in basic research, cuttingedge medicine, and teaching. Students receive substantial financial funding incentives to complete both degrees.

DVM/MpH (Masters in public Health)- A partnership between the Col- lege of Veterinary and the University of Minnesota School of Public Health allows students the opportunity to earn a Master of Public Health (MPH) degree while completing their DVM training.

For more information on both dual degree programs visit:

Other Admissions Programs

Sophomore Early Acceptance program- The Early Acceptance Program gives exceptionally well qualified applicants the opportunity to obtain admission to veterinary school after the completion of the sophomore year. With admission to the Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine secured, the successful applicant may use the time between acceptance and matriculation to pursue experience in areas of personal interest. More information can be found at:

Transfer Student Admissions- Cornell will consider applications for advanced standing in the DVM program on an individual basis, if an opening exists in the second-year class.

More information can be found at: http://www. .

Summer Research Opportunities

The leadership program for Veterinary Scholars- A unique summer learning experience for veterinary students who seek to broadly influence the veterinary profession through a career in research. The program in an intensive research-oriented learning experience that combines faculty-guided research with career counseling, student-directed learning, and a variety of professional enrichment activities.

Additional Summer Research Opportunities- Additional summer research opportunities for veterinary students include the Veterinary Investigator Program, Veterinary Training in Biomedical Research, Aquavet, Summer Dairy Institute, the Food Animal Medicine Externship, and the Havemeyer Foundation Equine Research Fellowships.

For more information about all of these summer research opportunities visit   .

Page Updated: March/22/2013
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