Recommended deadline for Prerequisite Substitution Forms is September 15th
We accept AP for Chemistry & Physics with a score of 4 or higher
You can apply lacking up to 12 credits of prerequisite course work
We require the Verbal and Quantitative sections of the GREs
Official Transcripts need to come directly from your college registrar to our DVM Admissions Office
We strongly recommend you have 400 hours in veterinary medicine and minimally one evaluation from a veterinarian
To explore ways to strengthen your future application, review our admissions formula:
25% Overall GPA
25% GRE Scores
5% Quality of Academic Program
20% Animal, Veterinary, Biomedical Research Experiences
10% Noncognitive Skills
10% All Other Achievements
5% Personal Statement
Admissions Presentations & Tours are another way to learn how to prepare for a future application. Dates and registration can be found at the following link:
As a reapplicant, you need to complete both the VMCAS and Cornell Supplemental applications
Research experience is valued on an application
We recommend prerequisite courses be under 10 years old
Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine
S2-009 Schurman Hall
Ithaca, NY 14853
P: (607) 253-3700
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PREREQUISITE COURSE QUESTIONS
What if I have a course that is similar to one of the prerequisite courses, but does not have the same course title?
You can complete the prerequisite substitution form and provide additional information about the course, such as the course description, the course syllabi, or a letter from the faculty member outlining how the course meets our requirements. The Prerequisite Substitution Form can be found on our web site at: Prerequisite Substitution Form
When is the Prerequisite Substitution Form due?
We recommend you have the form into our office by September 15th of the application cycle. However, we will consider forms after that date with the understanding there may be a lag in time providing an answer.
What if one of my courses does not have a lab
We require a laboratory experience for all our science courses with the exception of biochemistry. If your college does not offer a lab experience for one of our required courses you might consider one of the following options:
What if my college only offers Biochemistry for
3 semester credits?
You can make up one credit (and not more than one credit) by the following options:
What should I do if I received AP credit for English and did not have to take any English in my undergraduate degree program?
You will still need English courses for our prerequisite course requirements. You can consider taking a writing course in the English department (for example creative writing) or submit a prerequisite substitution form for a course you have taken that is writing concentrated. The course must be either listed as a “writing concentrated” course or the syllabus must indicate 50% or more of the final grade was based on written work. The second course under the English requirement can be satisfied by an English Literature course or a Public Speaking course. You can also satisfy this requirement by scoring a 650 or higher on the verbal GRE.
Do Animal Science courses satisfy prerequisite courses?
The prerequisite courses should be in the basic science disciplines. For example, General Biology I and II should be taken in the “Biology” department at your college or university.
Do the Physics courses need to be calculus based?
The Physics courses do not need to be calculus based. However, if you have taken calculus (or will be taking it in your degree program) and can take the calculus based physics, it will be noted and strengthen your application.
If I meet the minimum quarter credit requirements in two quarters, do I need to take the third quarter?
Yes, you will need the third quarter to meet the full requirement. Note that you will need to meet all of the requirements listed. For example, for Organic Chemistry I and II we require a FULL YEAR, for minimally 9 QUARTER CREDITS, with LABORATORY experiences. The most important thing for you to keep in mind is that you are preparing for a challenging medical curriculum. With that in mind you want the best and most complete preparation you can gain to be successful if offered admission.
How many prerequisite course credits can I lack at the time of application?
You can lack up to 12 credits of prerequisite course credits at the time of application. You should have Organic Chemistry (or at the very least one semester) completed at the time of application.
Do I need to be an Animal Science or Biology major to gain admission to Cornell's Veterinary Medical College?
We don't require any specific major when preparing to apply to Cornell. You will need to make sure that the major you choose allows enough electives to gain the 10 prerequisite science courses.
Does Cornell consider any other part of the GRE's (example analytical)?
No, Cornell only takes into consideration the Verbal and Quantitative sections of the GRE's.
How old can my GRE's or MCAT's be?
We require GRE scores and MCAT scores to be not older than 5 years.
Can I send you a copy of my GRE or MCAT scores?
We require all scores to be sent to us directly from ETS or AAMC.
Should I gather up all my college transcripts and send them to you in one envelope?
We require all college transcripts to be sent to our office directly from the college. Please contact each college's registrar's office to have these transcripts sent to DVM Admissions, Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine, S2-009 Schurman Hall, Ithaca, NY 14853.
What if all my courses transferred to one of my colleges, do I still need to have both transcripts sent?
Yes, we need official transcripts from ALL colleges attended, whether courses transferred to another college or not. This will allow us to evaluate all your college work from the original college where the courses were taken.
If I took courses in high school but they were through a college, should I have that transcript sent?
Yes, you will have a transcript with that college and we will need the official transcript from that college (not the high school transcript). Even if this was for one or two courses we will need the official college transcript.
Will you consider experiences that I list on the VMCAS application in which I don't have letters of evaluation?
Yes, we consider all the information you provide on your applications. We give more consideration to those experiences that are listed on the Cornell Supplemental Application because the letters of evaluation provide more insight into the experience and your performance.
What if I worked with more than one veterinarian
during an experience and want them both to provide evaluations?
You are welcome to provide more than one evaluation for an experience as long as you divide the hours of the experience up between then them. For example, if you worked 600 hours in the practice, you will want to divide that 600 hours up between the veterinarians and not list 600 hours twice (looking as if you worked 1200 hours if all your experiences were added together).
Can I list an experience that is only 10 or 20 hours?
Yes, you can list the experience on the VMCAS and if you can obtain a letter of evaluation for the experience, then you can also list on the Cornell Supplemental application. Note experiences that are for a short duration of time will not allow the evaluator to be able to write much and so seeking opportunities that will allow for more experience will strengthen your application.
Is research experience required?
Research experience is valued, but not required.
How can I strengthen my preparation for a future application?
If you take a look at the Admissions Formula, you will be able to see where you have certain strengths and where you might seek to strengthen your background.
You are encouraged to attend an Admissions Presentation on campus or should there be one offered at a location near you. Dates, time and locations of the presentations can be found at: Presentations and Tours
You are also welcome to set up a time either on the phone or in person to talk with the Director of Admissions about your background and ways you can strengthen your preparation for a future application. Phone and in-person appointments can be set up by calling (607)253-3700.
As a post-baccalaureate student, do I need to retake courses older than 10 years?
We recommend courses not be older than 10 years. In some cases you will want to retake the specific courses (for example organic chemistry, biochemistry, or microbiology). In other cases you could take high level courses in the subject areas (for example, take higher level biology courses with labs instead of completing general biology again).
Does it matter if a I go through a Post-Baccalaureate program or just take the courses on my own at a college?
We don't place an emphasis on one method of gaining your prerequisite courses. Post-bac programs are often easier to navigate with specific advising from someone at the college. Taking the courses on your own at a four-year college is also an option many take for the flexibility.