Admissions Decisions

Admissions decisions are typically made after the first of the year. Students are notified by email that their decision letter is available to them electronically. They are given a Pin Number that they can enter on their admissions tracking page. The decision letter will then be available.

First year students in equine lab

Key info for:

Admitted Students

  • You will receive a ‘Conditions' form that indicates:
    • any lacking prerequisite courses
    • tuition for the current year
    • information on how to apply for financial aid
    • other lacking documents and deadlines
  • April 15 is the deadline to inform Cornell DVM of your decision. Admissions will have sent an enrollment deposit card to mail in with a non-refundable deposit of $500. The deposit will be placed on the student's first bursar bill against tuition charges. (Note if April 15 falls on a weekend date then the deadline date is the following Monday.  For the entering Class of 2027, the deadline date is April 17, 2023).
  • Make sure to attend one of the Information Sessions held during February and March. Sessions provide invaluable information from faculty and students, and an opportunity to see the College in detail.

Alternate Offers (waitlist)

  • You will receive a ‘Conditions' form that indicates:
    • any lacking prerequisite courses
    • tuition for the current year
    • information on how to apply for financial aid
    • other lacking documents and deadlines
  • Typically, alternates are notified one week after the April deposit deadline.
  • We encourage students who would like to have some financial aid information available to complete all the forms below by February 1st.

Denied Applicants

  • Applying for admission to the Cornell DVM program is extremely competitive. Students may have to apply a couple of times before gaining an offer of admission.
  • We encourage students who are denied to contact the Director of Admissions to set up an in-person or phone post-applicant counseling appointment. During this conversation you will be given feedback on how to strengthen a future application.

Deferral Requests

Cornell University’s College of Veterinary Medicine will consider deferral requests on a case by case basis for unexpected events or extraordinary reasons.  In most cases the expectation is a candidate will apply for admission the year they feel they are ready to enter our veterinary program.  

Deferral requests that may be considered:

  • Military or public service
  • Substantial research opportunity
  • Fulbright Program or other scholarly opportunity
  • Unique travel or work opportunity
  • Illness substantiated by a doctor’s written confirmation
  • Family member illness substantiated by a doctor’s written confirmation
  • Family emergency
  • Cultural enrichment opportunity

Deferral requests will not be considered for the following reasons:

  • Financial reasons (e.g. students asking to work for a year)
  • Completion of lacking prerequisite courses
  • Deferral plans that are not well thought out or clearly written

How to request a deferral:

  • The student would need to pay the enrollment deposit by the deadline to make a deferral request (only students who are in the class can make a deferral request)
  • The student will need to provide a detailed, signed letter indicating the reasons for a deferral
  • The letter should be to the Admissions Committee and emailed to the Director of Admissions
  • If a student is granted a one-year deferral, they give up their seat in the class they were originally admitted, and their seat will be given to an alternate candidate
  • The tuition will not be held at the rate of the original offer and the student will need to apply for financial aid each year with the understanding the financial aid package could change
  • Once the deferral request is reviewed by the Admissions Committee the student will be notified by email if it has been accepted or declined

During the deferral year:

  • During the deferral year another deposit of $500 will be required by the end of the month of January.  The initial deposit of $500 as well as this deposit of $500 will be applied to the student’s bursar account toward tuition, and is non- refundable should the student decide not to attend
  • Residency is based on the initial offer
  • Documentation of all outstanding prerequisite courses will be required prior to the start of the deferral year.  Outstanding prerequisites cannot be completed during the deferral year   
  • We will need updated transcripts for any outstanding academic work by June 15th of the year entering the DVM program  
  • Students must keep their admissions information updated.  This would include any changes to their application such as enrollment at another school, felony, or disciplinary issues at another school, etc.  Should there be any changes the student should contact the Director of Admissions immediately to give the update
  • Students are welcome to attend an Information Session during the deferral year.   Although the student may have already experienced an Information Session, it would be a good review and update, as well as an opportunity to meet future classmates  
  • Contact information should be kept up to date with the DVM Admissions Office (email, address, phone number) in the event we need to contact you