Incoming Students

Penn Vet Students in Orthopedic Surgery

Penn Vet Academic Calendar

Stay on top of important dates.

So that you can get started on the right foot, here's a list of resources to review and tasks to complete.

Financial Aid

  • Make sure you've read our section on Financial Assistance. It's important that you understand the costs of a VMD and the financial support you can get.
  • Learn more about Costs and Financial Assistance...

Student Services

  • Campus Express: With Campus Express, you can access the most essential student services from one central website.
  • For security purposes, you will need a Penn ID, or Penn Card, to access certain buildings and facilities both at Penn Vet and at Penn. Once you come to campus, you'll need to go to the Penn ID Center.


  • Off-Campus Services at the University of Pennsylvania is a resource to help members of the community, including all undergraduate and graduate students, staff and faculty. Visit Off-Campus Services at UPenn to get a sense of what's next. 
  • Another resource offered by Penn's Off-Campus Services is the Graduate Housing Guide. It's a great way to get acquainted with housing options in Philadelphia and the campus area.
  • You can read all about how the Office of Off-Campus Services at Penn can help you. Just download the Graduate Housing Brochure.

Student Health Services

  • The University of Pennsylvania requires all new students to submit a Pre-Matriculation Health Record. You can find out what you need for immunization compliance at Penn's Student Health Service.
  • By July 1, you will need to complete and submit the Immunization instructions and History Worksheet.
  • Penn's Student Health Service provides the list of required immunizations that you will need to read through and comply with prior to enrolling.
  • Immunization Compliance: Incoming University of Pennsylvania students must also submit a health history and immunization history and compliance.  Deadline for receipt of this information to Student Health Services is July 1.  Please read the requirements.

  • Student Health Insurance: All students must have some form of health insurance or the University will block your registration. University health insurance and enrollment/waiver information are generally mailed directly to each student in early summer.  Open enrollment/waiver will begin on July 1, 2016 via the Penn Portal.

    Please visit http://www.vpul.upenn.edu/shs/insurance.php for insurance compliance information.

    If you do not receive information or have questions,  please call the Insurance Office directly at 215.746.3535.

What You Need to Get Started

  • Certification of Rabies Vaccinations: You must be inoculated against rabies.  Please complete and return the Class of 2020 Rabies Certification Form (PDF) by August 1.  This is extremely important as southeastern Pennsylvania is an endemic area of racoon rabies which is beginning to spill over into the dog, cat, horse, and cow population. 
  • Computing Information: The Penn Vet IT Group provides a wide array of technology services and technical support for the students, staff, and faculty of the School of Veterinary Medicine. All Penn Vet students are provided with an email account and class mailing list services, personal network storage, antivirus software, Web portal access to academic and administrative services, access to digital curriculum, Help Desk support, network wireless connectivity throughout our campuses, and access to computing lab facilities. Penn Vet students also receive support from University IT staff in addition to support and services delivered through Penn Vet. Download the Computing Information (PDF).
  • Complete and Return your 2020-Class Notes Form (MSWord).
  • Microscope Information: One of the requirements of the Veterinary School is that each student provide himself or herself with a microscope of good quality, suitable for use in histology, microbiology, pathology, parasitology, etc. The microscope will be needed during the first two academic years.  Please see the Microscope Specifications (PDF).

    Two methods of procurement are commonly used by the student body: purchase or rental. The School has selected a vendor to help you rent a microscope. Download and fill out the Microscope-Order​ Form (PDF).

    Since you will only need a microscope for your first two years, we suggest you rent a microscope rather than purchase one. The Office for Students can email you a link to the vendor's rental form.
  • Gross Anatomy Introduction (PDF).
  • Anatomy Lab Supplies: Disposable gloves - Nitrile recommended.
    Dissection kit to include: a number 4 GERMAN-MADE handle, a good supply of number 21 or 22 blades, a rat-toothed forceps and a blunt stainless-steel probe. Tingley Over-Shoe Boots. 
  • Recommended Textbooks (PDF).
  • Orientation Schedule:
    • Tuesday, Aug. ​23, Wednesday, Aug. ​24, Thursday, Aug.​25, 201​6
      First Day of Class is Monday, Aug. 29, 2016
  • Class hour-plans will not be finalized until mid-August. Please see the Academic Year 201​6-1​7 Calendar (PDF).