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Letters of Recommendation

Establishing a Confidential File

Learn more in this Princeton Review article.

Students who plan to apply to Dental, Medical, Optometry, Osteopathic, Pharmacy, Podiatry or Veterinary Schools are encouraged to establish a confidential file with the College’s Pre-Professional Health Advisor. It is extremely important that all materials be submitted in a timely manner. Your file should be complete by the start of your academic senior year (and no later than July 1st for those applying to an early decision program). It is to your advantage to complete the application process as soon as possible, in particular obtaining your confidential letters of evaluation.

Some medical schools request that you submit letters from specific individuals, such as, science professors or a clinical practitioner. These individuals should be people who know you well. Early in your undergraduate experience it is adviseable to begin to establish and build relationships that can lead to strong letters of recommendation.

These letters take time to write, so make sure to allow plenty of time for your evaluators to write and submit your letter.