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Cornell University/Division of Nutritional Sciences Post-Baccalaureate Certificate Program in Health Studies

August 2018-May 2019

Frequently asked questions

Q: What is the deadline for applying?

A: The application deadline for fall 2018 admission is July 31, 2018. Please note, however, that our rolling admissions policy may result in the application cycle closing earlier if all available spots have been taken prior to July 31, 2018. Historically spaces have not been filled until early summer, but applicants are encouraged to apply early to better their chances of consideration.

Q: When may I start applying?

A: We will begin accepting applications on January 2. The admissions committee will meet for the first time in late February 2018 and, thereafter, at the end of each month until all program spaces have been filled. We must receive all of your application materials, including official transcripts and recommendation letters, before your application will be reviewed.

Q: When will I find out if I have been accepted?

A: The admissions committee meets monthly starting around the end of February, and your application will be reviewed accordingly. You should be informed of the status of your application within six weeks after your application is complete. Possible decisions include your application being accepted, rejected, wait-listed, or held (meaning that your application will be considered with the next cycle of applications or pending final semester grades).

Q: What is the rate of acceptance into medical school among Cornell/DNS program graduates?

A: The overall acceptance rate achieved by graduates of the Cornell/DNS Post-Baccalaureate Certificate Program in Health Studies has been outstanding. To date, graduates who have applied to a health professional school have achieved the following acceptance rates:

  • 75% for medical school
  • 80% for dental school
  • 100% for veterinary medical school
  • 100% for nursing graduate programs

Q: Into which professional schools are students being accepted?

A: Our program graduates have had success in gaining acceptances into several health professional schools: dental, medical, veterinary and graduate programs. For a complete list, see Student successes.

Q: What is the acceptance rate into the Cornell/DNS Post-Baccalaureate Certificate Program in Health Studies?

A: The acceptance rate into our program is approximately 40%.

Q: Do I have to complete all the pre-health required course work to be eligible for the Cornell/DNS Post-Baccalaureate Certificate Program in Health Studies?

A: Yes, the program has been designed as an academic record-enhancement and enrichment certificate program. In order to maximize the benefits of our program, this foundational course work must be completed.

Q: What are the minimum and average GPA/SAT/GRE/MCAT scores for students accepted into the Cornell/DNS program?

A: The minimum GPA is 2.8 (no application will be accepted with a GPA of less than 2.8). The average GPA for accepted students is 3.0–3.1. We do not have a minimum score requirement for the SAT/ACT, GRE, MCAT and other standardized tests. Standardized test score reports are not required for the application, but they can be helpful if scores are competitive.

Q: Does your program offer preparation for standardized tests like the MCAT, DAT, and GRE?

A: We contract with Kaplan Test Prep and The Princeton Review to offer MCAT, DAT, and GRE test prep classes at a discount. Kaplan has an office in Ithaca, New York, which allows students to take test prep classes in a classroom setting. Both Kaplan and The Princeton Review offer online courses.

Q: Will the program benefit me even if I'm not interested in a career in allopathic or osteopathic medicine?

Yes, the individualized curriculum design of our post-baccalaureate program allows us to develop a program of study that is unique to each student. Your program advisors will review your current academic and clinical/community service credentials, and together you will select courses to enhance and enrich your strengths as well as improve areas where further enrichment is required. Your post-baccalaureate program of study will be a combination of courses taken with matriculated undergraduate and graduate students and courses exclusive to students in the post-baccalaureate program. Students in the Cornell/DNS Post-Baccalaureate Certificate Program in Health Studies receive the added benefit of studying with others who may be interested in health careers different than their own and thereby learn new perspectives and approaches to learning and health care.

Q: Do you accept international students?

A: Yes, we accept international students, and our program is eligible for the F1 Visa.

Q: What kind of housing is available?

A: You will find information about on- and off-campus housing, as well as answers to other questions of logistics, on our Campus life page.