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General Questions

What qualifications do admitted applicants usually have?

Middle school students are admitted on a first-come, first-served basis; as long as the application is complete and the session is not full, students will be admitted. 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.

How many hands-on animal activities are there?

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 some contact with animals through large and small animal handling demonstrations. Please see the sample schedules for each session or contact the program for further information about animal related activities.

I have already applied to veterinary school. Is this program right for me?

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.

Is on-campus housing available?

The Cummings School campus does not have student housing. Participants in the middle school, high school day, college and adult sessions are responsible for their own transportation and accommodations. Local accommodations can be found on the Visitor Information page. We have also prepared a list of additional accommodations. Students admitted to the High School residential programs stay at Assumption College in Worcester, MA, and are bussed to and from the Cummings School.

I am over 23 years old, but the Adult session dates do not work with my schedule. Can I apply to a College session?

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

If I am not accepted to AVM, is it possible to reapply the following year?

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.

I already attended AVM. Can I apply again for this summer?

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.

I was accepted to the AVM program, but I have to withdraw my application after paying the full tuition. Can I get my money back?

Because our program is highly competitive, tuition is nonrefundable.

I am a guidance counselor, career counselor, or veterinarian. How can I get more information?

Please contact the program to receive additional information or to be put on the appropriate mailing list for posters, flyers, and updates.

Applying to AVM

I am a high school student and I already submitted my 1st quarter grades. Do I also need my school to send in my 2nd quarter grades?

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

How should letters of evaluation be submitted?

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.

Do I need to take the GRE or SAT to complete the AVM application?

No. Standardized test scores are not required.

I am a college freshman. What transcripts should I submit?

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.

Can I apply to both the residential high school session and the day high school session?

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.

I have been out of school for a while, and have lost contact with my professors. May I substitute employers for letters of evaluation?

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.

Admissions

When are admission decisions made?

Middle school students are admitted on a first-come, first-served basis after a completed registration form and deposit have been received. You can expect to hear about the status of your enrollment within a few weeks of applying. For high school, college, and adult applicants we begin reviewing applications in February and typically release decisions in March or April, depending on the session. Please do not hesitate to contact the program for updates.

Is there a waiting list?

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.

What are my chances of being admitted from the waiting list?

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

Financial Aid

Who is eligible for financial aid?

Financial aid funding is reserved for students in families that are considered financially disadvantaged. Financial aid may be available for qualified high school, college, and adult applicants. Middle school students are not eligible for financial aid. See the financial aid page for more detailed information.

How do you make financial aid decisions?

Our financial aid decisions are based on financial need. We can only consider financial aid applications that are postmarked by the deadline indicated on the financial aid page. Financial aid decisions are made separately from admission decisions. We encourage applicants to research possible local sources of funding and to talk about funding options with guidance counselors.

I am financially independent. Do I need to submit tax documents from my parents as part of my financial aid application?

If you have five consecutive years of financial independence from both parents/guardians, we require a signed and notarized affidavit that you receive no financial assistance from your parents/guardians. If this applies to you, please contact our office to discuss the required documentation. Applicants with less than five consecutive years of financial independence must include tax documents from their parents in order to be considered for financial aid.

High School Residential Sessions

Where do students stay while attending a residential session?

Students attending the high school residential sessions stay at Assumption College in Worcester, MA, and are bussed to and from the Cummings School. Housing is not available for the middle school, high school day, college and adult programs.

Are students in a residential high school session supervised at Assumption College?

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.

What do students in a residential high school session do during weeknights and weekends?

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.