Early Application Requirements:
GPA: 3.7 or better
GRE: 80th Percentile on verbal and quantitative
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. 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. Applicants to this program apply and are accepted or denied upon completion of their sophomore year. Entry into the professional curriculum is expected after completion of the junior year. Admission to the program is based on outstanding academic performance in the first two years of college and the applicant's plan for their intended use of the third year in college. Completion of a baccalaureate degree prior to matriculation is not required.
Criteria for admission to this program are rigorous. Generally, applicants for this program have a GPA of 3.7 or better and GRE Verbal and Quantitative scores above the 80th percentile. It is expected that the GREs will be taken by April 1st of the application year to ensure the scores will be delivered from ETS by the application deadline. Applicants must have also completed at least one semester of organic chemistry and one semester of an upper level biology, biochemistry, or physics course.
Additionally, applicants must submit a written plan describing how the time between acceptance and matriculation will be used. Examples of how the time may be spent include study in challenging courses in areas of interest, initiation or completion of a research project, or time spent in a unique life experience. This program is not intended to delay matriculation for reasons of economics, illness, or other personal hardship.
The "Early Acceptance Program" application cycle is now open.
Applications for the Early Acceptance Program should not be sent through VMCAS, but can be found at the following link: (will be available March through June of each year).
Early Acceptance Program Timetable
March 1, 2013
Early Application available online
June 1, 2013
Deadline for application and all supporting documents
July 15, 2013
Decision letters mailed out (tentative)