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University of Pennsylvania


Admissions Office
School of Veterinary Medicine
3800 Spruce Street University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia PA 19104-6044
Telephone: (215) 898-5434
Fax: (215) 573-8819
Email:
admissions@vet.upenn.edu
www.vet.upenn.edu

SCHOOL DESCRIPTION

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.

The 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.

APPLICATION INFORMATION

For specific application information (availability, dead­lines, fees, and VMCAS participation), please refer to the contact information listed above.

Residency implications: priority is given to Pennsylvania residents. The number of nonresident places is usually about 80, including international applicants.

2012-2013 admissions summary for the class of 2017:

Number of Number of  Applicants | Entrants

Resident 243 | 45

Non-Resident 1,290 | 78

Total 1,533 | 123

PREREQUISITES FOR ADMISSION

Course Description

Number of Hours/Credits

English (including composition)

6

Physics (with Lab)

8

Chemistry - General (with at least 1 lab)

8

Chemistry - Organic

4

Biology or Zoology (covering basic genetics & cell bio)

9

Biochem

3

Microbiology

3

Social sciences or humanities

6

Calculus & Math Statistics (or biostats)

6

Electives

37

SUMMARY OF ADMISSION PROCEDURES

Timetable

VMCAS application deadline: Tuesday, October 2, 2014 at 1:00 PM Eastern Time

Supplemental application and fee deadline: October 2

Date interviews are held: Fridays from early January un­til completion

Date acceptances mailed: within 14 days after interview

School begins: early September

Deposit (to hold place in class): $500.00

Deferments: are considered on an individual basis.

EVALUATION CRITERIA

The seats are filled through a 2-part admission proce­dure, which includes a file review and personal inter­views.

Grades

Test scores

Animal/veterinary experience

Interview

References

Essay

English skills (TOEFL)

File review: 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.

Personal interviews: 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: a 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 following interviews.

ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS

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 is sought.

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS/CONSIDERATIONS

Animal/veterinary work experience: 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 understanding.

Recommendations/evaluations: 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: additional activities in this category can provide information im­portant to the admissions committee.

Leadership: evidence of leadership abilities is desirable.

Is a Bachelor’s Degree Required? no

Is this an International School? no

ESTIMATED TUITION

Estimated Tuition Resident: $39,866.00

Estimated Tuition Contract: Not Applicable

Estimated Tuition Non-Resident: $49,836.00

AVAILABLE SEATS

Resident: 40

Contract: Not Applicable

Non-Resident: 80

TEST REQUIREMENTS

Standardized examinations: 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.

VMCAS Participation: full

Accepts International Students? yes

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Dual-Degree Programs: Combined VMD-graduate de­gree programs are available.

Summer Program: 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 215-898-5434.


Application Deadline: 10/2/2014


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