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Undergraduate Committee Letter

This page contains all of the information that you might need regarding Committee Letter eligibility and applications.

 

The requirements for a Committee Letter have been updated, so please read carefully.

The Deadline for submission of the Committee Letter Application and supporting documents to the Pre-Health Advising Office is January 15th of the calendar year in which you plan to apply. This means that if you are planning to apply in June 2021, you must submit all necessary documents by January 15,2021. There are no exceptions to this deadline, so it is important that you timely comply with all requirements.
Committee Letters are provided to degree-seeking Hunter students who are applying to Medical, Dental, Optometry, Podiatry, and Veterinary Schools. 
NON-DEGREE STUDENTS: The Pre-Health Office does NOT provide Committee Letters to Non-Degree Students at Hunter College. SECOND DEGREE STUDENTS: For Second Degree Students to qualify for a Committee Letter, in addition to completing the Committee Letter requirements below, a Second Degree Student must provide evidence of completion of or intent to complete the second degree from Hunter College. In addition, a Second Degree Student at Hunter College must have attained (1) a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.75, (2) a minimum science GPA of 3.5, and (3) a minimum science and cumulative GPA of 3.0 at their prior institution in order to receive a Committee Letter. REAPPLICANTS: A Hunter student or Hunter graduate who has previously received an offer of admission to medical school or other health professional school and has turned it down in order to apply again in a different cycle will NOT be eligible to receive a Committee Letter as a reapplicant.

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 course 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 LETTER PACKET 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 in the Fall of the academic year in which you plan to apply.
  2. Have an open and active Pre-Health file by the end of your  first academic year at Hunter College. You must apply for a Pre-Health file no later than the first semester of your second 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 will be eligible to receive a Letter Packet. (If you are a treansfer student, you should meet with a Pre-Health Advisor to discuss your eligibility if you do not have a Pre-Health File by the time that you are a junior or senior at Hunter College.)
  3. Be an active Pre-Health student (meet with a Pre-Health advisor at least once per semester). Attend the required Pre-Health Portfolio Development and Pre-Health Application Planning workshops, in addition to attending 3 Pre-Health events per semester (6 per academic year) while enrolled at Hunter College.
  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) at Hunter College. Transfer students must complete at least 30 credits of Math and Science (at Hunter College) 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 doctor (MD or DO) 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 January 15th prior to the cycle that you plan to apply (eg. January 15, 2020 if you plan to apply in June 2020).
  7. Schedule a Committee Letter Application and Assessment Plan (CLAAP) appointment with a Pre-Health Advisor by the end of the fall semester preceeding January 15 of the year you plan to apply.
  8. 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 January 15th of the calendar year in which you plan to apply.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.
  9. You must take your entrance exam (MCAT, DAT, OAT, GRE) no later than January, March, or April of the calendar year in which you plan to apply. If you choose to take the exam in May, you will automatically qualify for a Letter Packet rather than a Committee Letter.
  10. We will only process Committee Letters for students who have earned competitive test scores by May 30th.
  11. Competitive test scores are: MCAT: 512 (ALLOPATHIC); MCAT: 507 (OSTEOPATHIC); DAT: 21; OAT: 350; GRE: 315. If you score below the competitive scores, we strongly recommend that you postpone your application until the following cycle.
  12. The Pre-Health Office will only process two Committee Letter Applications per student.
  13. If you are accepted to a medical school and refuse their offer, the Pre-Health Advising Office will not submit another Committee Letter or Letter Packet on your behalf in any subsequent application cycle.
  14. 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:

  • Committee Letter Workshop
  • Application Planning 101 for Your Desired Profession
  • Letters Of Recommendation: Everything You Need To Know
  • The Personal Statement Workshop
  • 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  & CASPer Interviews: How to Prepare for the MMI & CASPer
  • Medical School Update Letters and Letters of Intent
  • Financing Your Medical School Education
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