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DVM Admissions

College of Veterinary Medicine
Cornell University
S2-009 Schurman Hall
Vet College Mailbox 37
Ithaca, NY 14853

phone: 607-253-3766
fax: 607-253-3709

Retention & Academic Success

Students at Cornell's College of Veterinary Medicine are successful by all measures. They bring a rich and diverse set of interests and experiences to the college, which seeks to provide an educational environment in which they will thrive. Our students enjoy the learning process, which is both challenging and rewarding. They are also engaged in many activities outside the formal curriculum that enhance their academic experience. For instance, membership of Cornell students in the Student Chapter of the American Veterinary Medical Association (SCAVMA) exceeds 95%, and more than 35 other student organizations provide opportunities for students to get involved and pursue special interests.

A wide range of resources, advising, and support services are in place to help students succeed. These mechanisms also help to identify any problems as they arise, so that they may be addressed in a timely manner. Attrition rates among our veterinary students are very low (<2%), and instances when a student leaves the program for academic reasons are unusual. Occasionally, and usually for personal reasons, a student may require an extended leave of absence; in these cases, the student will join a later class, but typically completes the program successfully.