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Application Process

Application Process

Supplemental Information Form

Questions? or 215-898-5434.

Finally. It's time to apply to vet school!!! 

The admissions staff at PennVet welcomes you to our Application Process page.  We look forward to receiving your application. If you have questions:

Please don't hesitate to contact us at or 215-898-5434

The application is part of  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.

What You Need to Do

  • Apply for Fall 2019 Entry

    Veterinary Medical College Admission Service (VMCAS) will provide an electronic application in May 2018 for entry in Fall 2019. An application fee will be charged by VMCAS while PennVet will charge a processing fee of $75. VMCAS will forward your application to the schools you designate at the application Web site

    VMCAS will process and forward your letters of evaluation. Electronic Letters of Recommendation, eLOR, will be the method of submitting recommendations to VMCAS. Please make sure to check with VMCAS about the recommendation submission process.  PennVet requires at least three references, at least one recommendation from a science related academic source and one from a veterinarian. The third is of the applicant's choice but should not be a family member (and our suggestion is that the third is a second science academic source OR a second veterinarian).

    All transcripts (this should include transcripts from any school where you received college credit) will also be sent directly to VMCAS (do not send them to Penn Vet). 

    GRE scores should be sent to Penn Vet using Institution Code 2775. This code will also send GRE Scores to VMCAS.  Scores sent to any other institution code, even if a University of Pennsylvania code, will not accessible by PennVet Admissions.  

    Due to impacts of Hurricane Florence, the application deadline has been extended to September 21, 2018 at 11:59PM , E.D.T.  for receipt of your application, all transcripts and evaluations at VMCAS. You must have all these items to VMCAS by this date or they will not be accepted.  GRE scores should be received by PennVet no later than October 15th, 2018.  Scores received after this date will not be added to the application.  Score reporting may take up to 4 weeks and therefore, you should plan your test date accordingly.

    Check out AAVMC's the PennVet Quick Application Guide.

  • Fill Out the Supplemental Information Form and Processing Fee (Required for all applicants)

    The Supplemental Information Form and Processing Fee System will be available in May 2018. The form and payment must be completed by September 21, 2018, 11:59 PM E.D.T.   No application will be considered without the form and processing fee payment completed by this date.  If you have any questions about the Supplemental Information Form and Processing Fee Payment, don't hesitate to contact us at or 215-898-5434.

    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 choose to pay by credit card, please make sure to use the exact address on file for your account as our payment processing system is very strict as it relates to the address of record.  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 $35.00 fee on top of the standard $75.00 fee.

    The 2019 Supplemental Information Form and Application Processing Fee page is now available.  Access the Supplemental Information Form now...

  • For 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.  All international students must have their foreign transcripts evaluated by World Educational Services ( and sent electronically to VMCAS prior to the deadline date.  VMCAS will not accept paper versions of the evaluation.

    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, through testing centers worldwide. For VISA information, please go to the website of the Office of International Programs (OIP) at the University of Pennsylvania,

What to Expect

If you have previously applied, but were not selected, you must apply again through the complete VMCAS process to be reconsidered. All applicants are notified of receipt of their application by email no later than December 5. At this time, if an application is missing items, applicants will be notified.

The order in which applications are received is not the determining factor in the selection of students for interviews.  In fact, we don't start our review of applications until at least November.  Therefore we suggest not applying as soon as the VMCAS opens in May.  Although we don't advise waiting until the last minute, there is plenty of time through the months of June, July and August to include all information in your application and submit all the required items to VMCAS.

Personal interviews with the Committee on Admissions are by invitation only  We will hold interviews in January and February and suggest that you not schedule any trips, vacations, or events that cannot be canceled during this time as we will not reschedule an applicants interview day.  We unfortunately can't guarantee interviews for all our applicants but it is best to keep these months open for a possible interview.

We will send out invites to interview throughout January and February, in many groupings and usually right up to our last interview day.  While we try to give at least 3 weeks notice prior to an interview, we also have openings that become available for a specific interview day inside of the standard 3 week window.

All applicants are notified of the committee's decision by email between January and April, however most applicants will be notified by the end February. Applicants who have not been accepted may request an appointment for counseling in late spring in preparation for an application the following year.


Applications will be accepted May 11 - September 21, 2018 for the class entering August 2019.

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