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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 interdisciplinary, small group learning early in the pro­gram and focuses on the student as the primary force in learning.


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


VMCAS application deadline: Thursday, October 2, 2014 at 1:00 PM Eastern Time (transcripts due September 2, 2014, to VMCAS)

Supplemental application deadline: October 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.


Course Description

Number of Hours/Credits

English composition/literature* (full year)


Biology or zoology, full year with laboratory


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

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

5 3


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


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.

Is a Bachelor’s Degree Required? No

Is this an International School? No


Estimated Tuition Resident: $30,725

Estimated Tuition Contract: N/A

Estimated Tuition Non-Resident: $45,575


Resident: 55

Contract: 0

Non-Resident: 47


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 AAMC by October 15th. Test scores older than five years will not be accepted.

VMCAS Participation: full

Accepts International Students? Yes


Combined Degree Programs

Combined DVM/PhD Program: 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, cutting-edge medicine, and teaching. Stu­dents receive substantial financial funding incentives to complete both degrees.

DVM/MPH (Masters in Public Health): A partnership between the College of Veterinary Medicine 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 combined 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:

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:


Application Deadline: 10/2/2014

Page Updated: 05/02/2014 tw
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