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The requirements for a Committee Letter have been updated for the 2019-2020 cycle, so please read carefully.

The Deadline for submission of the Committee Letter Application is February 1st. There are no exceptions to this deadline so it is important that you timely comply with all requirements.
The Pre-Health Office does NOT provide Committee Letters to Non-Degree Students at Hunter College. In addition to completing the Committee Letter requirements below, a student must intend to receive a degree from Hunter College or have graduated with a degree from Hunter College in order to qualify for a Committee Letter.

WHAT IS A COMMITTEE LETTER? The Committee Letter is a composite letter that incorporates all of the information in a student's file. Its narrative includes quotations from evaluations and letters of recommendation as well as impressions derived from the personal statement and an interview. At the discretion of the Pre-Health Committee, particularly strong and descriptive letters of recommendation will also be appended to the Committee letter in their entirety. NOTE: MEDICAL SCHOOLS ARE AWARE THAT HUNTER PROVIDES A COMMITTEE LETTER AND WILL INQUIRE WHY HUNTER STUDENTS DID NOT RECEIVE ONE IF THEY APPLY WITHOUT A COMMITTEE LETTER OR A LETTER PACKET.

 

Basic Requirements for a Committee Letter:

To qualify for a Committee Letter you must:

 

  1. Attend a Committee Letter Workshop.
  2. Have an active Pre-Health file for at least 1 academic year. You must apply to open a file no later than the first semester of your sophomore year or the first year of enrollment at Hunter if you are a transfer student. (Students in their junior and senior years, who do not have a Pre-Health File, may be eligible to receive a Letter Packet).
  3. Be an active Pre-Health student (meet with a Pre-Health advisor at least once per semester). Attend 3 Pre-Health events per semester while enrolled at Hunter, after your file is opened.
  4. Have at least a 3.3 BCPM (Bio, Chem, Phys, Math) GPA and at least a 3.3·cumulative GPA at the time of the Committee Letter Application.
  5. Have completed (or are in the process of completing) at least 38 credits of Math and Science (Biology, Chemistry, Physics, and certain courses in the Medical Laboratory Sciences major). Transfer students must complete at least 30 credits of Math and Science at the time of the Committee Letter Application.
  6. Have a minimum of 14-16 evaluative documents—6 letters of recommendation and 8-10 course evaluations from Hunter instructors—submitted to your Pre-Health File. Of the 6 letters of recommendation, 1 letter must be from a Hunter science (biology, chemistry or physics) faculty member, 1 letter must be from a clinical supervisor or doctor and, 1 letter from a research supervisor. Of the 8-10 course evaluations, you must have at least 3 evaluations from science courses (1 from Biology, 1 from Chemistry, and 1 from Physics preferred). The 8-10 course evaluations and 6 letters of recommendation must all be submitted by February 1st of the year that you plan to apply.
  7. Have submitted a letter of good standing from all U.S. institutions that you have attended (this includes institutions where you have taken classes on e-Permit, or if you attended another college for one semester). These letters of good standing must be submitted by February 1st. Please be advised that if you have been dismissed from any program/institution, or if disciplinary action has been taken against you, you are not eligible for a Committee Letter.
  8. You must take your entrance exam (MCAT, DAT, OAT, etc.) no later than January, March, or April of the year that you plan to apply.
  9. We will only process Committee Letters for students who have earned competitive test scores by May 30th.
  10. Competitive test scores are: MCAT: 512 (ALLOPATHIC); MCAT: 507 (DO); DAT: 21; GRE: 315. If you score below the competitive scores, we strongly recommend that you postpone your application until the following cycle.
  11. The Pre-Health Office will only process two Committee Letter Applications per student.
  12. Please review your Pre-Health file to ensure that all required documents have been received by the Pre-Health Office by the deadline. No exceptions will be made to this policy.

To see the rubric used for the total ranking endorsement for the Committee Letter, please click here (Cannot be opened in Firefox).

For Committee Letter & Letter Packet applicants: besides the Committee Letter workshop, you are required to attend the following workshops, so that you are well prepared when applying to health professions graduate schools:

  • Application Planning 101
  • Letters Of Recommendation: Everything You Need To Know
  • The Essentials for Writing A Strong Personal Statement
  • Organizing and Writing About Your Experiences
  • Preparing Your Secondary Essays for Health Profession Applications
  • AMCAS 101 – Everything You Need to Know About AMCAS (pre-meds only)
  • Interviewing 101 for Pre-Health Students: Applicant Interviews
  • The Medical School Interview
  • Multiple Mini Interviews: How to Prepare for the MMI
  • Medical School Update Letters and Letters of Intent
  • Financing Your Medical School Education
  • Committee Letter Application Workshop

The following workshops are also required depending on your Pre-Health Track:

  • Preparing and Applying to Dental School
  • Preparing and Applying to Occupation Therapy School
  • Preparing and Applying to Optometry School
  • Preparing and Applying to Pharmacy School
  • Preparing and Applying to Physical Therapy School
  • Preparing and Applying to Physician Assistant School
  • Preparing and Applying to Veterinary School
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