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DVM Admissions

Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine
S2-009 Schurman Hall
Ithaca, NY  14853

P: (607) 253-3700
F: (607) 253-3709
vet_admissions@cornell.edu

Applicants

Veterinary Medical College Application Service (VMCAS) Application
Letters of Evaluation
Animal, Veterinary, Biomedical Research Experience
GREs and MCATs Questions
Prerequisite Courses
Other Documents
Re-Applicants
International Applicants
Early Acceptance Program (for college sophomores)

 


 

Do I have to wait until I submit my application before I have transcripts or other documents sent?

It is a very good idea to have documents sent in as soon as possible to meet deadlines.


How should I send my transcripts?

Official transcripts will be sent to VMCAS.  The recommended deadline is September 15th.   More information can be found at www.aavmc.org.

 If some of my courses transferred to my home college and appear on their transcript, do I still need to have transcripts sent form all the colleges?

YES! You should send official transcripts from all the colleges you attended to VMCAS.  This includes college credits you received in HIGH SCHOOL


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VETERINARY MEDICAL APPLICATION SERVICE (VMCAS) QUESTIONS

Important Dates

VMCAS application deadline is September 15, 2016

 


Additional Information

Veterinary Medical Application Service (VMCAS)

VMCAS requires a minimum of 3 electronic letters of evaluation(eLors)

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When is the VMCAS application available?
How do I get to the VMCAS application?
When is the VMCAS application due?



When is the VMCAS application available?

The VMCAS application is typically available in early May.


How do I get to the VMCAS application?

The link to the VMCAS application is on the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC) web site at www.aavmc.org.


When is the VMCAS application due?


The VMCAS application, all electronic letters of evaluation (eLors) (minimum of three) and all official college transcripts are due September 15th , at 12:00 midnight eastern standard time.  

Veterinary Medical College Application Service (VMCAS)

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LETTERS OF EVALUATION QUESTIONS

 

Guidelines for Evaluators

 


What if I don't have a letter for an experience?
Who should write the letter from my college?
Are all my supporting documents ( GRE scores, etc.) due by September 15th?

 

What if I don't have a letter for an experience?

We don't require a letter of evaluation for all experiences.  We do require at least one letter from a veterinarian and encourse applicants to have additional letters from those they consider their most significant experiences.

Who should write the letter from my college?

For the academic evaluation, you can ask your advisor or a faculty member who you have taken classes from.  Whoever you choose you will want to make sure they can provide the Admissions Committee with information about your academic abilities in college.

Are all my supporting documents that are not going through VMCAS (Residency Form for NYS residents, TOEFL for international applicants) due September 15th?

Yes, all supporting documents are due by September 15th whether going to VMCAS or coming to Cornell.

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ANIMAL/VETERINARY/BIOMEDICAL RESEARCH EXPERIENCE QUESTIONS

How far back can I go with these experiences?
When do the evaluations need to be in the admissions office?

How far back can I go with these experiences?

You are welcome list any experiences you would like considered in the application process.

What is the Admissions Committee looking for in a letter of evaluation?

The Admissions Committee has written Guidelines for Evaluators that you will want to give to those writing letters for your experiences.  Your evaluators will find this helpful and also provide useful insight for your application. 

 

When are evaluaitons due?

All evaluations (eLors) should be submitted electronically by September 15th.  It is a very goodf idea to keep checking with your evaluators to make sure theya re aware of the deadline and meet this timetable.  The letters will not be accepted by VMCAS after September 15th.

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GREs AND MCATs QUESTIONS

When are GRE or MCAT scores due in the admissions office?
What is the last date I can take the GREs?
Should I take any of the subject tests on the GREs?

If I speak another language, should I take the TOEFL?
Is there a required TOEFL score?


When are GRE or MCAT scores due in the admissions office?

The GREs need to be received by VMCAS by September 15th.  Upon your request the Educational Testing Service would send the GREs to VMCAS under the Cornell College Code number (TBA).  If you have already sent the GRE's to Cornell College Code 2549, please don't have them sent again, but send an email to vet_admissions@cornell.edu to let us know and we will attach them to your application.

If you took the (optional) MCAT's in addition or instead of the GRE's, have the AAMC send us the official MCAT scores to Cornell College Code 993.

What is the last date I can take the GREs?

We recommend you take the GREs no later than SEPTEMBER 1st for the application cycle for the Class of 2021.  That way you are assured the scores will reach us in time for the application deadline.  Scores received after the deadline (September 15th) will not be used. 


Should I take any of the subject tests on the GREs?

We do not require the subject tests.  For the purpose of the DVM degree program at the College of Veterinary Medicine, you need only take and submit the verbal and quantitative scores from the GREs


If I speak another language, should I take the TOEFL?

The TOEFL (Test of English for a Foreign Language) is required if English is not your first language and your education is taught in a language other than English.  You will also be required to take the GREs

Is there a required TOEFL score?

We require a score of 600 or higher on a paper-based test and 100 or higher on a Internet-based test; 250 on the Computer-based test; and 600 on the Paper- based test. Information about the TOEFL and to register for the test can be found at the Educational Testing Service (ETS).

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PREREQUISITE COURSES QUESTIONS

Prerequisite Course Policies

Prerequisite Course Descriptions

Prerequisite Substitution Form

A grade of C- or better is required for all prerequisite course work

If you received credit for AP biology, you can take upper level biology course work and labs to satisfy the prerequisite requirement

You can apply lacking up to 12 credits of prerequisite course work pending completion by the end of the spring term prior to enrolling

For prerequisite courses that require a full year, students on the quarter system will need to complete 3 quarters

Biochemistry does not require a lab experience, but it is highly recommended. If your college offers Biochemistry II, this course will strengthen your application as well as your preparation

How would I request the review of one of my courses that appears to meet a prerequisite course description, but the title is different?
Will a prerequisite substitution form be reviewed after the September 15th deadline?
If I get a C- in a prerequisite course, should I take it again?
If I get a D or lower in a prerequisite course, should I retake the course?
What should I do if I took AP biology and did not have to take general biology I and II at my college?
What if I was waived out of English with advanced placement or another assessment?
Can I apply lacking a prerequisite course?
When do I have to have the prerequisite courses completed?
What if one of my courses lacks a lab?
What if my biochemistry is only for 3 semester credits and the requirement if 4 semester credits?
If I am under the quarter system and meet the quarter credit requirement
with just 2 quarters, do I still need to take the third quarter?


How would I request the review of one of my courses that appears to meet a prerequisite course description, but the title is different?

You can complete a prerequisite course substitution form to show the course meets the requirements.  It is best if there is a course syllabus, but in some cases the course description will work.  Also, a faculty member writing a letter indicating the specifics of the course that meet the requirement is also acceptable.

 

Will a prerequisite substitution form be reviewed after the September 15th deadline?

Yes, prerequisite substitution forms will be reviewed after the deadline.  However, because the busy time of year, the response time could be delayed.  For the best response, it is best to get your request in prior to the September 15th deadline.

If I get a C- in a prerequisite course, should I take it again?

A C- meets our prerequisite requirement.  You may want to take a higher level course in the same subject area to show your ability to grasp more difficult and new information.  However, if you feel that you did not grasp the information in the course and retaking it will provide you with a better understanding of the content, then you may want to take it again.  It is always wise to consult your advisors at your college to make sure this is allowed and if you receive financial aid this will not be compromised.

If I get a D or lower in a prerequisite course, should I retake the course?

Yes, you will want to retake any of the prerequisite courses where you received less than a C-.  If the course was an introductory course and you take an upper level course in the same subject area with lab and appropriate credits, then this could be used for the requirement.  For example, if you received a D in general biology II, you could take an upper level course, like Genetics with a lab and receive a grade of C- or better, this course could be used for half of the general biology requirement.

What should I do if I took AP biology and did not have to take general biology I and II at my college?

If you were granted credit for general biology I and II through Advanced Placement or another assessment then we would look for you to take a year of upper level biology with labs for minimally 6 semester credits (for example, anatomy and physiology I and II with labs; cell biology and genetics with labs; etc.).


What if I was waived out of English with advanced placement or another assessment?

We require 2 semesters of English Composition or writing concentrated courses.  If you did not have to take these courses, you will want to look at your college catalog to make sure you fulfill the requirement with other courses.  We will take a course that is designated ‘writing intensive' or if the syllabus indicated 50% or more of the final grade was based on written work.  The other half of the requirement also needs to be accomplished prior to enrolling.  Additionally, a score of 650/163 or higher on the GRE verbal will also satisfy the requirement.

Can I apply lacking a prerequisite course?

Yes, you can apply lacking up to 12 semester credits of prerequisite courses pending completion by the end of the Spring term prior to enrolling.

When do I have to have the prerequisite courses completed?

We will need final transcripts with all outstanding prerequisite courses completed by the end of the spring term prior to enrolling.  The summer before enrolling is not an option for additional course work.  The deadline for final transcripts for the Class of 2020 is June 15, 2016 and Class of 2021 June 15, 2017.

What if one of my courses lacks a lab?

Labs are required for all science prerequisite courses except Organic Chemistry, the Advanced Life Sciences course, and Biochemistry, although labs are recommended.  If your college offers the lecture, but not the lab, you may want to either see if a faculty member would do an independent lab for that course or take the lab (or lab and course) at another college or university.

What if my biochemistry is only for 3 semester credits and the requirement if 4 semester credits?

There are colleges that teach biochemistry for 3 semester credits instead of 4.  If this is the case at your college you can do one of three things:

     
    • Take biochemistry II if offered;
    • Take a biochemistry lab if offered;
    • Take a 4 credit biochemistry course at another college or university;
    • If your organic chemistry combined credits is more then our minimum required (3), then you can use 1 credit toward the biochemistry lacking credit (and only 1 credit).  Many colleges teach organic chemistry for 4 semester credits for each section.

If I am under the quarter system and meet the quarter credit requirement with just 2 quarters, do I still need to take the third quarter?

Yes, you need to meet all the requirements listed for your course.  For example, for general chemistry you will need a FULL year, minimally 9 quarter credits, AND labs.  The full year (or three quarters) provides all the content that a student in the two semester course would take.  So, the important thing to remember when meeting these prerequisite course requirements is to fulfill all the criteria listed.  These courses are selected to prepare you for the veterinary medical curriculum.

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OTHER DOCUMENT QUESTIONS

Your college Registrar should send your transcripts directly to VMCAS by September 1st

Residency Form

Dean's Certification

The Dean's Certification should be completed by your Dean of Students

When should I have my official college transcripts sent to VMCAS?
Should I collect my transcripts and send them in?
When should I send in the Residency Form if I live in NY?
Who should I give the Dean's Certification to complete?
When should I submit the Dean's Certification?


When should I have my official college transcripts sent to VMCAS?

All official transcripts should be received by VMCAS by the September 15th deadline.

Should I collect my transcripts and send them in?

You should have each individual college or university where you took courses send your transcript directly to VMCAS.  VMCAS will not accept transcripts that are sent by the student or a third party.  VMCAS instructions will indicate how transcripts are to be sent.  Visit www.aavmc.org for details.

When should I send in the Residency Form if I live in NY?

During the application process; due by the September 15th deadline.

Who should I give the Dean's Certification to complete?

Please give the Dean's Certification to your Dean of Students or Dean of Student Affairs to complete. 

When should I submit the Dean's Certification?

It is recommended it be submitted during the application process.  It is ultimately required of all admitted and alternates, by March 15, 2016 for the Class of 2020 and March 15, 2017 for the Class of 2021.  However, if it is submitted during the application process, there is one less piece of paperwork to complete if admitted or an alternate.


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RE-APPLICANT QUESTIONS  

There is a section on the Cornell Supplemental Application to tell us which documents you would like to use from a previous application

Are students encouraged to reapply?

Are students encouraged to reapply?

Yes, students are encouraged to reapply.  When decisions are made at the end of the application cycle, students who are not made an offer of admission are encouraged to make a post-applicant counseling appointment.  In this appointment they will be able to have a discussion regarding ways to strengthen their application.

 


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INTERNATIONAL APPLICANT QUESTIONS  

Information about the TOEFL exam can be found at the Educational Testing Service (ETS)

Who should take the Test of English for a Foreign Language (TOEFL)?
Is there a minimum score I need to achieve?
Do I need to have my study abroad courses sent through an international credential service?
As an international student, if I take the TOEFL, do I still need to take the GREs?

 

Who should take the Test of English for a Foreign Language (TOEFL)?

Students whose native language is not English and their education is taught in a language other than English should take the TOEFL.

Is there a minimum score I need to achieve?

A score of 600 on the ‘Paper based' test and 100 on the ‘Internet Based' test is required.

Do I need to have my study abroad courses sent through an international credential service?

If you are in a study abroad program through your home college you do not need to have your transcripts sent to an outside organization to be converted. However, if you took a prerequisite course while studying abroad and it was transferred back to your institution without a grade you would want to have that course grade and credit converted. 

Other course work taken abroad will need to have a conversion reprot completed.  VMCAS asks students to have a WES Report completed and electronically sent to thier office no later than September 15th. 

As an international student, if I take the TOEFL, do I still need to take the GREs?

Yes, everyone needs to take either the GREs or MCATs to complete the application process.

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EARLY ACCEPTANCE PROGRAM QUESTIONS

EARLY ACCEPTANCE PROGRAM

GPA: 3.7 or better

GRE: 80th Percentile on verbal and quantitative

Who can apply for the Early Acceptance Program?
When is the Early Application available?
When is the Transfer Application Due?



Who can apply for the Early Acceptance Program?

Students who are finishing their second year of college, earning 60 semester credits may apply.  They must also have all but 12 credits of prerequisite course work completed.  There is additional academic criteria students will want to review.

When is the Early Application available?

 The Early Application is available March 1st each year with a deadline of June 1st.  Students are notified of their status by the second week of July.


Transfer Application

When is the Transfer Application Due?

The two deadlines for transfer applications are June 1st and October 1st.

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