Bachelor's/DVM Early Acceptance Program

The Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine offers undergraduates enrolled at Tufts University, the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, Worcester Polytechnic Institute and the University of Vermont an opportunity to apply to the DVM Program during the spring of their sophomore year. A limited number of students are admitted and are guaranteed a space in the veterinary school class once they finish their undergraduate degree.

Accepted applicants to this program save substantial investments of time and energy that other pre-veterinary students typically make in the process of preparing, researching and applying to numerous veterinary schools. Program participants can select any undergraduate major, explore other areas of interest and choose to study abroad, thus broadening their undergraduate experience.

Freshmen or sophomores contemplating application to the Early Acceptance Program are encouraged to speak with their health professions advisor and to join a pre-veterinary society in order to gain greater exposure to the field of veterinary medicine.


To be eligible to apply, candidates for this program must be sophomores and must have demonstrated academic proficiency in their freshman and sophomore coursework, particularly in the DVM prerequisite science courses. Application must be no later than March 1. The Cummings School will invite a small number of applicants for on campus interviews in March and decision letters will be mailed out in early April.

Competitive applicants will have completed at least two science sequences—most typically a year of introductory chemistry and biology—by the spring semester of their sophomore year. Advanced placement credit is acceptable as long as it appears on the student's official transcript.

SAT (Scholastic Aptitude Test) scores are required for application to this program. In lieu of contacting the College Board to submit your scores, please request an official high school transcript instead, confirming with your high school that your SAT scores will be included.

Admission to this program is not binding—students can defer their admission for one year or they can choose to not enroll in the DVM program.

Application Requirements

Before enrolling in the DVM program accepted applicants will be expected to:

  • Maintain a minimum of a 3.40 cumulative grade point average in their undergraduate program calculated at the end of each academic year.
  • Complete the remaining DVM Prerequisite Courses.
  • Complete their bachelor's degree.
  • Confirm their desire to enroll at the Cummings School no later than April 15 of their senior year.

Financial Aid

Financial aid information and applications for the veterinary school will be distributed to students enrolled in the Early Acceptance Program in December of their senior year. Financial aid is awarded by the Cummings School based on demonstrated need. Financial aid awards are made by early April.