AVM Frequently Asked Questions

General Questions

  • Middle school students are admitted on a first-come, first-serve basis; as long as the application is complete and the session is not full. High school, college, and adult applicants usually have a B+ or better grade point average, strong science grades, expressed interest in learning more about the veterinary profession, and significant animal-related experience.

  • The AVM program balances lectures, hands-on activities, discussions and laboratories to provide participants with a better understanding of the veterinary profession and the demands of veterinary school. The program is not an animal camp. Participants will have contact with animals through large and small animal handling demonstrations. Please see the sample schedules for each session for further information about animal-related activities.

  • The AVM program is intended to help confirm that veterinary medicine is the right career path for you. If you have already applied to veterinary school, we feel that you have already chosen your desired career path. However, we are happy to talk with you about this situation if you would like to contact the program.

  • The Cummings School campus does not have student housing. Students admitted to the High School residential programs stay at Assumption College in Worcester, MA, and are bussed to and from the Cummings School. Participants in the middle school, high school day, college and adult sessions are responsible for their own transportation and accommodations.

  • Yes. Please contact our office to discuss differences between the College and Adult programs.

  • Yes, we encourage you to reapply! You will need to complete a new application and provide us with updated official transcripts and letters of evaluation.

  • AVM sessions are very popular and spaces are limited, so we discourage students from attending the same grade-level program more than once. For instance, if you attended a middle school session, we encourage you to wait until you are eligible for a high school program to reapply. If you do choose to reapply for a grade-level program that you have already attended, please note that the AVM office reserves the right to deny admission in order to allow other students the opportunity to participate.

  • Tuition is nonrefundable.

Applying to AVM

  • Yes, students graded on a quarterly system are required to submit their midyear grades in January or February. These transcripts should indicate your First Semester (both 1st and 2nd quarter) grades and must be sent directly from your school.

  • Each letter of evaluation should be uploaded to the online application system by your evaluator (preferred) or your evaluator can mail the letter directly to our office.

  • No. Standardized test scores are not required.

  • If you have completed less than 2 full-time semesters of college, you will need to submit your high school transcripts. You should also plan to have your college send in your fall semester grades as soon as they are available.

  • No. You can only apply for one type of session at a time. Typically, the residential program is reserved for students who are not from the local area. If you are wait-listed for a residential high school session, you may contact the program to discuss the option of also being considered for the day high school session.

  • Yes. Please note that we cannot accept letters of evaluation from friends or family. If possible, we ask you to include one evaluator who can address animal-related activities.


  • We begin reviewing high school, college, and adult applications in February and typically release decisions in March or April, depending on the session.

  • Yes. When a session becomes full, applicants may be placed on the waiting list. Our middle school sessions are first-come, first-served; if a spot becomes available, the next student in line will be contacted. The high school, college, and adult waiting lists are ranked; if a spot becomes available, all waiting list applications for that session are reviewed again and the strongest applicant is selected to fill that spot.

  • Spaces do become available every year, and we encourage applicants to remain on the waiting list.

High School Residential Sessions

  • Yes! Students are supervised at all times by trained program assistants who are also veterinary students, with a ratio of 1 program assistant for every 10 students.

  • Several fun and laid-back social activities are planned for students, including movie nights, bowling, and miniature golf. Students also have free time for sports, socializing, and rest. During the weekends students go on fun, educational field trips.