Grad Admissions Checklist

  • GPA: the higher the better!
  • Test Score: MCAT, GRE, DAT, PCAT...
  • Extracurricular activities: show leadership, service, and commitment.
  • Personal statement: have others read it, and proof read!
  • Letters of rec: Ask your letter writers in advanced if they can write you a stellar letter of recommendation. Then, provide your resume, a deadline, personal statement, and the address to send the letter to your letter writers. 

Unsure of the GPA necessary to go to veterinary school? What test to take for dental school? The medical school where students have the greatest student loan debt? Then come by the Dimensions Resource Center or set up an individual appointment.

The Dimensions Resource Center has a variety of resource books on graduate programs from food science to animal behavior. There are also books ranking various programs, test prep guides, and interviewing tips.

There are several things you can do, beginning in your freshmen year, to boost your chances of getting accepted into the graduate school of your choice.

  1. You will start the application process the summer between your junior and senior year, so work with your advisor to 1) have the necessary courses by that time to do well on your graduate admissions test and 2) meet the prerequisites for the program.

  2. Maintain your involvement in extracurricular activities throughout your four years of college. This shows you are committed to these activities. Also, over time, try to step into a leadership role in your activities, such as team captain, Vice President, or Executive Council.

  3. Use your summers wisely! If you need extra cash in the summer, try to find employment that is related to your career area of interest. Search out internships or volunteer opportunities over the summer. If you are thinking of going into bio or medical sciences, at least one summer should be used conducting research.

  4. Get to know your faculty members. Remember, these are the individuals whom you will ask to write your letters of recommendation. Can they comment on your maturity, academic ability, and leadership?

  5. Look into pursuing a double major or a minor. This will help admissions committees see that you are a well-rounded individual with multiple interests, and will make you stand out from the crowd.

  6. Participate in an internship for at least one block during your tenure at Cornell. Internships are a great way to meet people in your field and experience the job in which you are interested in pursuing.

  7. Job shadow someone in your area of interest. Need help setting up a job shadow? Contact the Dimensions Program Coordinator for contacts in public health, medicine, dentistry, veterinary science, or other areas of interest to you.