The University of
Pennsylvania is located in West Philadelphia. Philadelphia is a city with a
strong cultural heritage. Independence National Park includes 1 square mile of
historic Philadelphia next to the Delaware River. Included are Independence
Hall, the Liberty Bell, and many fine examples of colonial architecture.
Philadelphia also offers theaters, museums, sports, and outdoor recreation. The
Philadelphia Zoo, first in the nation, houses more than 1,600 mammals, birds,
reptiles, and amphibians.
School of Veterinary Medicine enjoys a close relationship with the zoo. The
School of Veterinary Medicine was founded in 1884 and includes a hospital for
small animals, classrooms, and research facilities in the city. The
large-animal hospital and research facilities are located at the New Bolton
Center, an 800-acre farm 40 miles west of Philadelphia. The first 2 years are
spent on the main campus. Part of the third year may be spent at the New Bolton
Center, and the fourth year is spent in rotation and on electives at varying
campus locations. Off-campus electives are frequently permitted.
For specific application
information (availability, deadlines, fees, and VMCAS participation), please
refer to the contact information listed above.
priority is given to
Pennsylvania residents. The number of nonresident places is usually about 80,
including international applicants.
admissions summary for the class of 2017:
Number of Number of
PREREQUISITES FOR ADMISSION
or Zoology (covering
SUMMARY OF ADMISSION PROCEDURES
VMCAS application deadline:
Tuesday, October 2, 2014
at 1:00 PM Eastern Time
Supplemental application and fee deadline:
Date interviews are held:
Fridays from early January
Date acceptances mailed:
within 14 days after interview
Deposit (to hold place in class):
are considered on an individual basis.
The seats are filled
through a 2-part admission procedure, which includes a file review and
English skills (TOEFL)
files are reviewed in January
by members of the admissions committee (including an alumni member), and
decisions are made on whether or not to offer an interview.
interviews are held on Fridays
from early January until the class is filled. The number of interviews granted
equals 1.5 to 2 times the number of seats available.
Two personal interviews are conducted:
formal interview with 2 faculty members (including an alumni member) of the
committee, and an informal interview with student committee members. Although
students do not vote on acceptance, they have a significant part in the meeting
Required undergraduate GPA:
no specific GPA. Applicants
are evaluated comparatively. The mean cumulative GPA of the class admitted in
2013 was 3.64.
AP credit policy:
must appear on official college
transcripts and count toward degree.
Course completion deadline:
All prerequisite courses
must be completed by the end of the summer term of the year in which admission
Animal/veterinary work experience:
working with animals, direct veterinary work, or research experience is
desired. Approximately 500-600 hours is recommended. Experience should be
sufficient to convince the admissions committee of motivation, interest, and
3 required, one from an
academic science source; and one from a veterinarian. The third is the choice
of the applicant.
Extracurricular/community service activities:
activities in this category can provide information important to the
evidence of leadership abilities is
Is a Bachelor’s Degree Required?
Is this an International School?
Estimated Tuition Resident:
Estimated Tuition Contract:
Estimated Tuition Non-Resident:
Graduate Record Examination
(GRE), general test, is required; the GRE Code for Pennvet is 2775. Test scores
should be received no later than November 1.
Accepts International Students?
Combined VMD-graduate degree
programs are available.
Penn Vet offers a summer
program for high school and college students. The Veterinary Exploration
Through Science (VETS) program, now in its fifth year is a day program of
one-week sessions designed for those who want a close-up look at veterinary
medicine. For additional information, please visit our website at
www.vet.upenn.edu/education/admissions/summer-vets-program or call
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