Application Process

Penn Vet participates in a common web-based application, through the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC). The web-based application is generally available online beginning early/mid May and is due in its entirety by mid September prior to the year you intend to enroll.

Applying for Fall 2016 Entry

  • Veterinary Medical College Admission Service (VMCAS) will provide an electronic application on May 13, 2015 for entry in Fall 2016. An application fee will be charged by VMCAS while Penn will charge a processing fee of $75. VMCAS will forward your application to the schools you designate at the application Web site http://www.aavmc.org.

    VMCAS will process and forward your letters of evaluation. Electronic Letters of Recommendation, eLOR, will be the method of submitting recommendations to VMCAS.There will be no Evaluation Form online to be downloaded and copied as in previous years. One recommendation must be from a science related academic source and one must be from a veterinarian.  The third is of the applicant's choice but should not be a family member. All transcripts will also be sent directly to VMCAS (do not send them to Penn Vet).  GRE scores should be sent directly to Penn Vet using Institution Code 2775.

    The application deadline will be September 15, 2015 at 11:59 PM E.D.T. for receipt of your application and evaluations at VMCAS and for receipt of your transcripts by Penn. The last date to take the GRE for this admissions cycle is September 1, 2015. GRE scores should be forwarded to the Admissions Office by October 1, 2015.

  • Dowload the PennVet Quick Application Guide (PDF)

Supplemental Application Form

  • The Supplemental Information Form and Processing Fee System will be available in late May 2015. The form and payment must be completed by September 15, 2015, 11:59 PM E.D.T. No application will be considered without the form and processing fee payment completed by this date.

    Once you begin, you will not be able to save and reenter at a later time. If you choose to leave before completion, you will need to begin the process again (the process takes about 10 to 15 minutes).

    Payment of the processing fee with a credit card (preferred method) must be completed after you have finished the Supplemental Information Form (you will be directed to the payment system). Reentry at this point will not be possible. If you cannot pay by credit card, you may exit after completion of the Supplemental Information Form and send a *check for $75.00 payable to: The Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania. It should be mailed, along with your complete name and VMCAS Application Number to:

    The School of Veterinary Medicine
    University of Pennsylvania
    Admissions Office
    3800 Spruce Street
    Philadelphia, PA 19104

    *If you choose to pay by check and it is returned, you will be assessed a $30.00 fee on top of the standard $75.00 fee.

  • The 2016 application form will be available in May. Please check back then to link directly to the online form.

International Applicants

  • Penn Vet welcomes international applicants. Currently, Penn Vet accepts the majority of the starting class of 125 students from outside the state of Pennsylvania. This includes all other states within the U.S., U.S. territories and internationally. Academic qualifications for admission are the same for international students as for U.S. citizens.

  • Get more information on required prerequisite courses

  • Visit our FAQ section for more information on our applications

    All applicants whose primary language is not English are required to submit scores from the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language). Scores for each section of the test are expected to be at the 90th percentile or above. For those applicants who have earned undergraduate or graduate degrees from a college or university where English is the language of instruction, the TOEFL may be waived. The TOEFL is administered by the ETS (Educational Testing Service, www.ets.org) through testing centers worldwide. For VISA information, please go to the website of the Office of International Programs (OIP) at the University of Pennsylvania,  www.upenn.edu/oip/isss.

Additional Information for All Applicants

Those applicants who applied previously but who were not selected must apply again if they wish to be reconsidered. Applicants are notified of receipt of their application by letter no later than December 1. At this time, applicants will be informed about any missing documents.

The order in which applications are received is not the determining factor in the selection of students. Personal interviews with the Committee on Admissions are by invitation only. Applicants are notified of the committee's decision between January and April. Unsuccessful applicants may request a personal or telephone appointment for counseling.