Incoming Students

Student with child at Open HouseWelcome to the Class of 2026!

Welcome to the Cornell veterinary community! Starting a new academic journey is exciting. To make sure it’s not also overwhelming, we invite you to use the information and resources on this page. It will help you navigate your transition to the veterinary college and the Ithaca community.

Time Sensitive Items

Please note that certain items require timely action on your part to ensure a smooth transition.

To Do List 

Academic Calendar
*please note dates are subject to change

New Student OrientationStudents at orientation

Orientation will be from Monday, August 8 to Friday, August 12, and classes will begin on Monday, August 15th.  Orientation details will be shared later in the summer.  There is a Pre-Orientation course in Canvas that has your list of supplies and information to prepare for the transition to vet school.  We plan to have a Littman Stethoscope representative at the college during Orientation for those who would like to wait and test stethoscopes before purchasing.

Student Health Insurance 

Health Insurance is mandatory for all full-time registered students at Cornell. Students need to confirm enrollment or waive by July 31st.  After this time if you have not waived the insurance, you will automatically be enrolled in the Student Health Plan.  For details on the SHP visit the Student Health Plan webpage.  

Waiver/AppealA student jogs down Libe Slope past Uris Library and McGraw Tower in summer.

Students who successfully waive or appeal will be charged an annual Student Health Fee to support equitable access to low-cost care at Cornell Health and to help support campus-wide services.

The Office of Student Health Benefits is located at 110 Ho Plaza. For directions, contact information, and more about the services provided please visit the Student Health Benefits webpage.

Rabies Vaccination

Prophylactic (pre-exposure) immunization against rabies is mandatory for all veterinary students because of an increased risk of exposure to rabies in this area. The College requires that students be vaccinated either prior to enrollment or through the Cornell Health. The cost of the pre-exposure rabies vaccination series (3 shots, 1.0 ml. Intramuscular) is covered by your health insurance IF you are enrolled in the Cornell Student Health Insurance Plan (SHP or SHP-M).  If you do not have the Cornell Student Health Plan you may still receive the vaccination series through Cornell Health for a fee. The fees are paid by the student to University Health Services via bursar bill or credit card.

If you plan on waiving the Cornell Student Health Plan, you may wish to look into the coverage and cost of the rabies vaccination series though your health insurance, prior to arriving at Cornell.  If you have already received a pre-exposure or post-exposure vaccination series you must present written proof from the institution where the vaccines were administered. This should include the product type, route of administration, dose and dates of the series. You must bring this information with you to Orientation.

Cornell Health schedules rabies vaccination clinics for first-year students at the college during Orientation.  The subsequent vaccinations in the series are also scheduled at the college. If you have had prior rabies vaccinations, you must bring documentation with you to determine your status and current needs.

Use the Listserv to communicate

The members of the veterinary community at Cornell rely heavily on email listservs to communicate. Each DVM class has its own listserv. Students can post messages to just their listserv or to other class lists. Vet college listservs are used to share information related to academic and social life.

Review the Student Handbook 

Use as a reference guide throughout your four years as a veterinary student. It contains vital information on Financial Planning, Curriculum, College and University Policies and Support Services. Please note that we are currently reviewing the 2022-2023 handbook and there may be updates throughout the summer. More informaiton will be shared here soon.

Browse the internal student website

Explore Ithaca

Ithaca offers a tremendous quality of life for students and long-term residents. Ithacans enjoy the diversity of a large city and the familiarity and friendliness of a small town. Learn more about what Ithaca can offer you.
http://www.visitithaca.com