Ross Vet School Academic Calendar

Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine provides a professional educational environment that prepares you for both general and specialty practice, and careers across the breadth of the profession and spectrum of care.

The Ross Vet school academic calendar operates on a three-semester calendar year with start dates in September, January, and May. Our academic calendar includes a total of seven weeks scheduled for semester breaks. Traditionally, there are two weeks in the April/May break, two weeks in the August/September break and three weeks in the December/January break. Each semester, the Ross Vet school academic calendar includes a one-day, mid-semester break.

The start date for each semester is the day classes begin.

Classes held and University open on Bank Holidays unless otherwise noted. Dates are subject to change.

DVM PROGRAM

Your 3.25 year accelerated Doctor of Veterinary Medicine program curriculum includes 10 semesters of learning experiences, totaling 150 weeks of preclinical and clinical studies. A credit hour for the Ross Vet preclinical curriculum is equal to one hour of instructional time and two hours of supplementary time. During your clinical training curriculum, one credit hour equals one week of instructional time.

Your DVM preclinical semesters are scheduled at 15 weeks, including final exams, per the Ross Vet school academic calendar. You must successfully complete a minimum of 45 weeks during your clinical year. Mandatory orientation for first semester DVM and Vet Prep students is conducted each semester the week before classes begin as part of the Ross University vet school academic calendar. Applications are accepted leading up our three flexible start dates in January, May and September. Apply year-round or through VMCAS when the cycle is open.

GRADUATE PROGRAMS

Program hours for the postgraduate degree programs vary by degree. Our Graduate degree programs follow the Ross University vet school calendar.

One Health Programs

Ross Vet reviews Certificate in One Health and MSc in One Health applications on a rolling basis, accepting Certificate students for a January, May, or September Ross Vet school academic calendar start and MSc Students for a September start.

MSc by Research

We accept students for each January, May, and September Ross Vet school academic calendar start.

PhD by Research

We operate under rolling admissions and there are no application deadlines. We continue to accept applications leading up to each Ross Vet school academic calendar start term.

RUSVM ACADEMIC CALENDAR 2021

Fall 2021
Online Registration (Elective Courses Only) for Fall Term July 5-July 23
Summer Semester Ends Aug 12
Classes Begin Sept 6
White Coat Ceremony Sept 6
Last Day to Drop Core Courses Without a Grade Sept 10
National Heroes Day Sept 16
Independence Holiday (No Classes, University Closed) Sept 19
Clinical Placement Ceremony Sept 24
Mid-Semester Break (No Classes, University Closed) Oct 22
Classes resume Oct 26
Online Registration (Elective Courses Only) for Spring Term Nov 1-19
NAVLE Nov 1-Dec 31 (App Deadline Aug 1)
Transition Ceremony Dec 15
Last Day of Classes Dec 16
Final Examinations Dec 13-16
Final Grades Available to Students via myRoss and Canvas Dec 22
Break (No Classes) Dec 17-Jan 9
Christmas Day (No Classes, University Closed) Dec 25
Boxing Day (No Classes, University Closed) Dec 26

 

RUSVM ACADEMIC CALENDAR 2022

Spring Term 2022
New Student Arrival Weekend Dec 31-Jan 2
New Year’s Day (No Classes) Jan 1
Carnival Holiday (No Classes) Jan 2
New Student Orientation and Check-In Jan 3-7
Continuing Student Check-In Jan 9-10
Late Check-In with Fee Jan 11
Classes Begin Jan 10
White Coat Ceremony Jan 10
Last Day to Drop Core Courses Without Grade Jan 14
Clinical Placement Ceremony Jan 28
Mid-Semester Break (No Classes, University Closed) Feb 28
Classes resume March 1
Online Registration (Elective Courses Only) for Summer Term March 14-31
NAVLE April 11-23
Transition Ceremony April 14
Last Day of Classes April 15
Good Friday April 15
Easter Monday April 18
Final Examinations April 18-21
Final Grades Available to Students via myRoss and Canvas April 27
Break (No Classes) April 22-May 8
Summer Term 2022
New Student Arrival Weekend April 29-May 1
Labour Day May 2
New Student Orientation and Check-In May 2-6
Continuing Student Check-In May 8-9
Late Check-In with Fee May 10
Classes Begin May 9
White Coat Ceremony May 9
Last Day to Drop Without A Grade May 13
Commencement TBD
Placement Ceremony May 27
Whit Monday June 6
Mid-Semester Break (No Classes, University Closed) June 27
Classes resume June 28
Online Registration (Elective Courses Only) for Fall Term July 11-29
Emancipation Day Aug 1
Culturama Aug 2
Transition Ceremony Aug 11
Last Day of Classes Aug 12
Final Examinations Aug 15-18
Final Grades Available to Students via myRoss and Canvas Aug 24
Break (No Classes) Aug 19-Sept 4

 

FLEXIBLE START DATES

SEPTEMBER 6, 2021

Start in September and you may finish 6 months sooner than other accredited schools in the U.S.

JANUARY 10, 2022

Begin in January, and you may finish 3 months sooner than students who begin in the fall.

MAY 9, 2022

Enroll in May and you may be practice-ready 9 months before other accredited schools in the U.S.

Office of the Registrar
3005 Highland Parkway
4th Floor
Downers Grove, IL 60515
Phone: 732-509-9003
Fax: 732-509-4820
registrar@rossu.edu

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