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Matriculation Requirements

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Penn Vet Matriculation Requirements
  • 6 semester credits (at least 3 must be in composition)
Social Sciences or Humanities
  • 6 semester credits
  • 8 semester credits, including 2 laboratories
  • 12 total semester credits, including laboratory in at least one course; 8 semester credits in general chemistry and at least 4 semester credits in organic chemistry
 Biology or Zoology
  • 9 semester credits, (3 courses) at least one of which must cover the basic principles of genetics
  • 3 semester credits
  • 3 semester credits
  • 3 semester credits
  • 3 semester credits of any Introductory Statistics course
  • A grade of C (2.0) or better must be earned for these courses (Pass/Fail courses will not be accepted for requirements).
  • For prospective applicants at colleges/universities on a Quarter system, please pay special attention to the conversion to Semester credits.  Quarter conversions must be at or above the Semester credit requirement.  Anything short, even if by the smallest of fractions, will not meet the requirements.  (Penn Vet conversion is:   Qtr Units x .66 = Semester Credits).
  • While we do consider junior year applicants (90 credits to matriculate), the more academic course work you have completed, the stronger the application specifically in science based (bio) courses.  Students entering (not applying to) Penn Vet without completing the bachelors degree is less than 1%.
  • AP credits will be accepted toward matriculation requirements, however the course and credits given must itemized on your official college transcript.
  • Completion of the courses above is not required in order to apply or be considered in the application year.  Our application review process will not eliminate an application for missing required courses.  Upon acceptance and confirmation of attendance to Penn Vet through a deposit, we will conduct an audit of all required courses.  All required coursework must be complete by July 20th in the summer prior to matriculation (late August).  Final transcripts must be received by this date.
  • The choice of additional courses (other than the above requirements) is left to you and your required curriculum set forth by the degree granting institution.  We recommend taking as many science based (mainly biology as the spectrum of available courses is closely related to medicine) as possible prior to applying to Penn Vet.  Many of our applicants have at least 15 semester hours in biology and in many cases significantly more.  Upper level biology courses with solid grades not only help show academic ability, but also help broaden your knowledge base. 
  • While mentioned that courses in the sciences are important for the application, we do recommend that students also broaden their college years by taking courses in the humanities and social sciences.  These courses don't replace those recommended in the sciences, but supplement learning and growth that should be gained in your undergraduate studies. 
  • If you have questions about our matriculation requirements, please feel free to contact us at or 215-898-5434

Committee on Admissions

All applicants for each entering class are reviewed by the Committee on Admissions, a standing committee of the faculty. Applicants are selected on a comparative basis. Having all the requirements for admission does not ensure acceptance, since there are many more applicants than places. In making selections, the Committee on Admissions considers all factors presented in the applicant's file, but the following are most important: academic ability; apparent familiarity with the profession and resultant sincerity of interest; recommendations of academic counselors, science faculty and veterinarians; GRE scores; character; personality, and general fitness and adaptability for a career in veterinary medicine.

GRE Scores

All applicants must submit scores obtained on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), (Educational Testing Service, PO. Box 6000, Princeton, New Jersey 08541-6000; 609.776.7670), to the veterinary colleges to which they are applying.

The GRE Institution Code for Penn Vet is 2775. There is not a specific Department Code for Penn Vet.  This code will also send the scores directly to VMCAS.

GRE scores must be received by October 15. The obligation to understand and to meet these requirements rests solely with the applicant.


Exposure to practice, research, or other areas of veterinary medicine is essential and should be described on the VMCAS application. Evaluations must be submitted electronically through VMCAS (eLOR) by September 17, 2018 at 11:59 PM, E.D.T.

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 from a family member and most likely should be another science related academic source or veterinarian.

Instructions are provided at the VMCAS website.


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