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


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Residency implications: approximately 66 seats for New York State residents and 54 seats for non-NY residents


VMCAS application deadline: September 17, 2018 at 11:59 Eastern Time

Date acceptances mailed: January

Information sessions at the college for admitted students and alternates: February

School begins: mid/late August

Deposit (to hold place in class): $500.00 (by April 15, unless the 15th falls on a weekend, then the deposit deadline will be the following Monday)

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


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 is required

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 semester credits (or 18 quarter 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


Course Description Number of Semester Credits
  English composition/writing-intensive courses (full year)  6
  Biology or zoology, full year with laboratory  6
  Physics, full year with laboratory  6
  Inorganic (or general) chemistry, full year with laboratory  6
  Organic chemistry, one semester  3
  Biochemistry, half year required; full year preferred  4
  Advanced Life Science course  3
  Non-prerequisite elective credits needed  26


Estimated Tuition Resident: $34,750

Estimated Tuition Non-Resident: $50,980


Resident: tentative 66

Non-Resident: tentative 54


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 AAVMC by the September deadline. Test scores older than five years will not be accepted. TOEFL scores for international applicants whose first language is not English (and whose education was taught in a language other than English) should be received by this deadline as well. 

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 and start the veterinary curriculum after completion of the junior 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:

Cornell Accelerated BS/DVM Program: Joint program between the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and the College of Veterinary Medicine at Cornell University.  A 7 year BS/DVM program for those looking for an accelerated path to a veterinary degree.  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:


Masters in Public Health at Cornell University: Beginning fall 2017 a campus-wide MPH program. Founded on the One Health paradigm. For more information:

Application Deadline: VMCAS 9/17/2018