Application & Timetable

Application Information

The DVM program application process typically begins in late January with a deadline in mid September, a year prior to enrolling. Only one application is required for admission, provided by the Veterinary Medical College Application Service (VMCAS).   Supplemental sections can be accessed in mid-May.

UPDATE: GRE'S (and MCAT's) are no longer required to apply to Cornell starting with this application cycle and all future application cycles going forward.

REMINDER: You can apply with up to 12 semester credits (or 18 quarter credits) of prerequisite course work pending completion by the end of the spring term prior to enrolling.

CVM students posing with school mascot "Minnie" the miniature horse

The VMCAS collects:

  • Biographical data
  • Academic information
  • Animal experiences
  • Veterinary experiences
  • Evaluator information
  • Essays, etc. 
  • Three electronic letters of evaluation (eLors)
  • Official transcripts

Application InstructionsCornell Veterinary student with shelter dogs

Tracking page:  You will establish a Cornell tracking page once you designate  Cornell on your VMCAS application and gain access to the Supplemental Section (mid May).  This is where we will communicate with you throughout the application process (including your admissions decision). The tracking page shows:

  • When we have downloaded your VMCAS
  • AP (optional)
  • Dean's Certification 
  • NYS Residency Form (if a NY State resident)
  • Prerequisite Substitution Form (optional)

Applicants to the Class of 2026 can start their Cornell Tracking Page in May.  Please do not start a Tracking Page until then.  The only Tracking Page available at this point is for the Class of 2025.

How to Apply-At a Glance (Class of 2026):

When:

Send To:

What:

January-Sept 15, 2021

May 11-Sept 15, 2021

VMCAS

Delegate Veterinary Colleges

Complete and Submit VMCAS Application

January-Sept 15, 2021

VMCAS

VMCAS eLors (electronic Letters of Evaluation)

January-Sept 15, 2021

VMCAS

Official Transcripts from All Colleges Attended (note if in college Spring term, have official transcripts sent at end of semester or quarter)

May 11-Sept 15, 2021

VMCAS

Cornell Supplemental section available in the VMCAS application (deadline September 15, 2020).  There is no extra supplemental application fee required (just the VMCAS application fee)

January- Sept 15, 2021

VMCAS

May - Sept 15, 2021

Cornell Vet Admissions Tracking Page

New York Residents - NY Residency Form (link on Cornell Tracking Page)

May - Sept 15, 2021

Cornell Vet Admissions

International Applicants- TOEFL

January-Sept 15, 2021

VMCAS

WES Credit/Grade Conversion Report if education outside US