University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine

3800 Spruce Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6044
(215) 898-5438
Status: Full Accreditation

Known as Penn Vet, nearly 6,000 veterinarians have graduated from the school since its opening in 1887. Unlike other colleges and universities that offer students a DVM (Doctor of Veterinary Medicine) degree, Penn Vet graduates stand out by the VMD behind their name. Penn Vet offers students a Veterinariae Medicinae Doctoris (VMD) degree, which is equivalent to the DVM.

Unlike other veterinary schools, Penn Vet admits students with no discrimination, as the admissions committee seeks to enroll a diversified class by considering factors such as socioeconomic background, geographic origin, specific interests and activities, personal traits and academic background. Penn Vet is very competitive to enter into, however, students who meet the criteria listed above find it easier to get through the admission’s process.

Educational Requirements

Before gaining admittance into Penn Vet, potential students must complete a variety of pre-vet courses in English, physics, chemistry, biology or zoology, social sciences or humanities, calculus, and biostats or mathstats. Entrance GPA needs to be at least 2.0 or better. Penn Vet also considers junior year applicants with 90 credits. The pre-vet biology needs to focus on plants and animals, and applicants must prove they passed the GRE exam.

Tuition and Fees

The figures for student tuition on the chart below does not include books, supplies, room and board, travel, food or course expenses. If a student wishes to include these expenses into their yearly plan, they need to add an additional $25,000 to the tuition totals. General fees can cost up to $2100 per year and equipment and technology/course fees can cost a student even more.

Departments and Units

  • Animal Biology
  • Clinical Studies
  • Pathobiology
  • Matthew J. Ryan Veterinary Hospital
  • George D. Widener Hospital for Large Animals
  • American Museum of Veterinary Medicine

2009 Class Profile

Type: Public

# Total Applicants: N/A

# Total Students Enrolled: 104

# of Male Students Enrolled: 19

# of Female Students Enrolled: 85

Overall GPA: 3.5

Average GRE Score: Verbal- 520, Quantitative- 660, Analytical Writing- 4.5

Resident 1st Year Tuition: $30,902

Total Resident Cost for 4 Years: $123,608

Non-Resident 1st Year Tuition: $39,486

Total Non-Resident Cost for 4 Years: $157,944