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

School Description | Program Description | Entrance Requirements | Admissions Process & Deadlines | Evaluation Criteria | Acceptance Data |
Tuition & Cost of Attendance | Education & Research | Prerequisites for Admissions


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. Established in1894 with over 5,000 graduates our Veterinary College has 7 teaching hospitals, 5 academic departments, 4 research centers and 43 clinical specialties. Our students pass rate for the NAVLE (licensing exam) was 100% last year.

Through evidence-based, learner-centered education, we prepare our students in all facets of veterinary medicine. Our innovative veterinary curriculum includes small and large group learning, lectures, discussion and laboratories building on a strong foundation of biomedical and clinical knowledge. Students work with live animals the first week of classes, fostering sound clinical and medical decision-making skills along with critical thinking through problem solving. Our internationally renowned faculty, state of the art technology, and extensive educational facilities provide students with an unparalleled educational experience and preparation for a most rewarding career in veterinary medicine. Opportunities and access to research allows our students to be on the forefront of discovery and enhances their educational experience.


Health & Wellness: CVM Wellbeing Program Mission: “Through proactive programming, education, and evidence-based initiatives the Wellbeing Program supports and develops the individual and community wellbeing of faculty, staff, and students at the College of Veterinary Medicine.”

·         Diversity- Cornell is committed to fostering a welcoming climate that provides rich opportunities for learning and engagement.

·         Accommodations- Cornell provides reasonable accommodations for students with qualifying disabilities that apply to the classroom, examination situations, and activities based in the Hospital for Animals.

·         Class Size

o   Resident #: 66

o   Non-Resident #: 54

o   Contract # and where: 0

·         International School: No

·         Accepts International Applicants: Yes

·         VMCAS Participant: Yes


·         Prerequisite Chart Update

o   Date prereqs must be completed: Can apply with up to 12 semester credits (18 quarter credits) of prerequisite course work in progress; all prerequisite course work must be completed by the end of the Spring Term prior to enrolling.

o   Prerequisite required grade: C- or better

·         VMCAS application: Yes

·         Supplemental application: Yes (embedded in VMCAS)

·         Through VMCAS: Yes

·         External: No

·         Transcript Requirements

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

o   International Transcripts

§  WES Report Required: Yes

·         Test Requirements

o   GRE Test Deadline: September 17

o   TOEFL Test Deadline: September 17

o   OTHER Test Deadlines: September 17 (MCAT)

·         Experiences

o   Minimum hours requirements (recommended 400 hours in veterinary medicine and some breadth of experience)

·         Letters of Recommendation (eLOR)

o   Guidelines for Evaluators

§  Minimum number required: 3

§  Veterinarian Required: Yes

·         Bachelor’s degree required: No (minimum of 60 semester credits and all prerequisite courses completed)

·         Academic Statement

o   Required minimum cumulative GPA: None

o   Required Grades: C- for prerequisite courses

o   Required minimum of last 45

o   Required minimum science GPA

o   Required minimum GRE score

o   Other GPA requirements

·         Interview Required: No


·         Admissions Process Statement

o   Deadlines:

§  Application Open Date: May 9, 2019

§  Application Deadline Date: September 17, 2019

§  Supplemental Open Date May 9, 2019

§  Supplemental Deadline Date (embedded in VMCAS with September 17 deadline)

§  Transcripts Received Date: VMCAS deadline of September 17

§  eLOR Received Date: VMCAS deadline of September 17

§  GRE Scores Received Date: VMCAS deadline of September 17

·         Offers released: January

·         Deposit required: $500

·         Defers granted: Yes

·         Transfers accepted: Yes


·         Academic History included in 5% quality of academic program

·         Science GPA included in 5% quality of academic program

·         Science prerequisite GPA included in 5% quality of academic program

·         Cumulative GPA 25%

·         Last 45 GPA

·         GRE Scores 25%

·         eLORS included in several parts of the application review

·         Experiences 20%

·         Leadership Skills included in 10% all other experiences

·         Personal Essays 5%

·         Contribution to diversity

·         Non-cognitive skills 10%

·         Readiness to matriculate

·         Employment history

·         Interview

·         Other (please list) 10% other achievements


·         GRE Average and Range 317

·         GPA Average and Range: 3.67; Range 3.16-4.0

·         Number matriculated: 120


*For current year (2020 matriculation)

·         Resident (in-State) $37,136

·         Non-Resident (out-of-state) $54,744


·         Special programs / entrance pathways statement: Cornell BS/DVM Accelerated Program; Early Acceptance Program for Sophomores

·         Combined Programs statement: Combined DVM/PhD

·         Combined DVM/PhD- The Combined DVM/PhD Degree Program seeks to integrate the most rigorous basic scientific and clinical training so that our graduates will be at the forefront of biomedical science and the veterinary profession in academic research, medicine and teaching; government service and public health; or the biotechnology/pharmaceutical industry.

·         Curriculum Statement

o   Our innovative veterinary curriculum includes small and large group learning, lectures, discussion and laboratories. Students work with live animals the first week of classes, pursue interests, and tailor their learning to meet their interests. Goals include Critical thinking through problem solving; Sound clinical judgment and medical decision-making skills; an understanding of the interactions among animals, people, and the environment; and unparalleled professionalism.

·         Clinicals begin: Clinical Rotations and Pathways begin Spring term of the Junior Year (after the March White Coat Ceremony). Students have access to baby rotations earlier in the program.

·         Other educational and research opportunities include Expanding Horizons; Veterinary Investigators Program; Leadership Program; Aquavet;

·         Summer Dairy

·         Highlights

o   Business and Entrepreneur Program Cornell Center for Veterinary Entrepreneurship and Innovation