Cornell Supplemental Application
Veterinary Medical College Application Service (VMCAS) Application
Letters of Evaluation
Animal, Veterinary, Biomedical Research Experience
GREs and MCATs Questions
Early Acceptance Program (for college sophomores)
When is the Cornell Supplemental Application available?
How will I know when my documents have arrived?
What if I am not applying this year, but want to see what an application looks like?
Do I have to wait until I submit my application before I have transcripts or other documents sent?
How should I send my transcripts?
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?
The Cornell Supplemental Application typically goes live a week after the VMCAS application. Early May is the target date for VMCAS and with the Cornell Supplemental Application a week later.
When you begin your Cornell Supplemental Application a Tracking Page is also established. You would use the same email address and password you used for the supplemental application to view your Tracking Page.
We encourage you to look at the application worksheet rather than start an actual application. The worksheet is a printable representation of the actual supplemental application. You can look at it on-line or print it off.
It is a very good idea to have documents sent in as soon as possible to meet deadlines.
Official transcripts will be sent to VMCAS. The recommended deadline is September 15th. More information can be found at www.aavmc.org.
YES! You should send official transcripts from all the colleges you attended to VMCAS. This includes college credits you received in HIGH SCHOOL.
VMCAS application deadline is Tuesday, September 15, 2015 (1:00 pm ET )
Cornell Supplemental Application deadline is Wednesday, September 30, 2015 (1:00 pm ET)
VMCAS requires a minimum of 3 electronic letters of evaluation(eLors)
The VMCAS application is typically available in early May.
The link to the VMCAS application is on the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC) web site at www.aavmc.org.
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.
An academic evaluation can come from your advisor or a faculty member
You can list up to 5 of your "most significant" experiences on the Cornell Supplemental application that you can also provide letters of evaluation.
Extra evaluations beyond those submitted through VMCAS eLor system should be submitted to Cornell by October15th deadline
For the animal/veterinary/biomedical research experience
letters, can they be through the VMCAS eLor system or do I need to use
the Cornell evaluation forms?
What if I don't have a letter for an experience?
Who should write the letter from my college?
Are all my supporting documents (additional evaluations not sent through VMCAS (optional), GRE scores, etc.) due by October 15th?
You can use any of the evaluation methods to get the letters to us, however we recommend using the VMCAS eLors first (they accept a maximum of 6). We just ask you not to duplicate letters. If you have one sent from an evaluator through the VMCAS eLor system, don't make them do it again through the Cornell system. It will reach us and we will match it to the experience listed on your application.
You can list all experiences on the VMCAS without a letter, and we do read this as part of your application. Those experiences listed on the Cornell Supplemental Application that have letters will provide a bit more information, so always helpful if you can get a letter from someone at each experience.
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.
Yes, all supporting documents are due by September 30th that are not coming through VMCAS. Our admissions committee begins reading right away, so your application may be considered incomplete if all your documents are not in our office in time.
If you can get an evaluation from someone, you are welcome to list experiences as far back as you can go. However, we do ask for those experiences you list as your most significant on the Cornell Supplemental Application that letters of evaluation be provided.
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.
If you have multiple evaluators for an experience, make sure you divide the hours. If you list each experience with the full time spent for each evaluator it will appear as if you have two or three times that number. For example, if you work in a veterinary practice for 1000 hours, and there are 2 veterinarians who would be writing you evaluations, then you would want to split the 1,000 hours between them. So, you may have worked 800 with one veterinarian and 200 with the other.
The Cornell Supplemental Application and all supporting documentation should be in by the September 30th deadline. This includes all evaluations, transcripts, standardized test scores, etc. Note, any evaluations sent through the VMCAS eLor system need to be submitted by their September 15th deadline. They will then forward the evaluations to our office.
|Cornell Vet College GRE College Code is 2549|
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?
We recommend you take the GREs no later than mid SEPTEMBER for the application cycle for the Class of 2020. That way you are assured the scores will reach us in time for the application deadline. Scores received after the deadline will not be used.
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
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
We require a score of 600 or higher on a paper-based test and 100 or higher on a Internet-based test. Information about the TOEFL and to register for the test can be found at the Educational Testing Service (ETS).
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
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.).
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.
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.
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 2019 is June 15, 2015 and Class of 2020 June 15, 2016.
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.
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:
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.
Your college Registrar should send your transcripts directly to VMCAS by September 1st
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?
I have a resume, should I send that in?
All official transcripts should be received by VMCAS by the September 15th deadline.
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.
During the application process.
Please give the Dean's Certification to your Dean of Students or Dean of Student Affairs to complete.
It is recommended it be submitted during the application process. It is ultimately required of all admitted and alternates, by March 15, 2015 for the Class of 2019 and March 15, 2016 for the Class of 2020.. However, if it is submitted during the application process, there is one less piece of paperwork to complete if admitted or an alternate.
Resumes are not required and the information is collected on both applications that would be covered on a resume. You are welcome to submit one, but again not required.
|There is a section on the Cornell Supplemental Application to tell us which documents you would like to use from a previous application|
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.
Yes, you can reuse evaluations. Please note that VMCAS will require three letters to go through their eLor system, so make sure you have those three evaluators ready to do this. You will find two opportunities to let us know what documents to reuse in the Cornell Supplemental Application.
The VMCAS (application only) will be available to you. You will need to resend eLORS and transcripts. The Cornell Supplemental Application will need to be completed again. Typically, there will be some changes as a year has passed and applicants may want to include new information in the essay and short answer statements.
|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?
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.
Yes, if your education was taught in a country other than the US, then you will want to have your grades and credits converted to the US system. The exception would be study abroad courses if they appear on your home college transcript. 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.
Yes, everyone needs to take either the GREs or MCATs to complete the application process.
GPA: 3.7 or better
GRE: 80th Percentile on verbal and quantitative
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?
When is the Transfer Application Due?
The two deadlines for transfer applications are June 1st and October 1st.