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The Committee Letter Application for the 2014 application cycle IS NOW CLOSED!!!

The LAST Committee Letter Application Workshop was held on March 10.

There will be NO additional Committee Letter Application Workshops this year.


THE COMMITTEE LETTER APPLICATION IS NO LONGER AVAILABLE. If you have not yet submitted your application, it is now too late to do so.



The Committee Letter


Rather than sending all of the separate recommendation letters in a student's file, applicants who qualify will receive one Committee Letter. The Committee Letter is a composite letter that incorporates all of the information in a student's file, and 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 may also be appended to the Committee letter in entirety.


Committee Letter Content

Each Committee Letter is subdivided into different sections, which include:

  • Introduction & Background - with biographical information about the applicant, a brief description of the path leading to their application, and a summary of their educational experiences and accomplishments.
  • Course Evaluations & Instructor Comments - which includes actual quotes from course evaluations and letters of recommendation describing the applicant's performance in a variety of subject areas.
  • Clinical Experience - with a description of activities in the clinical area that the applicant is applying to as well as comments or appended letters of recommendation from supervisors in that area. It is important that every candidate has had clinical exposure related to their area of interest. Comments from supervisors in the clinical area provides admissions committees with a measure of the quality of such experiences .
  • Research Experience - describing those activities if a candidate has research experience and incorporating comments from research mentors, which help to substantiate how effective a candidate has been as a researcher.
  • Community Service - descriptions of the kinds of extracurricular activities that demonstrate that the candidate is genuinely committed to serving others. Again, letters from supervisors related to this area are encouraged as a way to evaluate a candidate's performance.


About Committee Letter Application Workshops


Each applicant or re-applicant for a Committee Letter is now REQUIRED to attend a Committee Letter Workshop BEFORE submitting a Committee Letter application. These workshops are organized by the Pre-Health Office to provide each applicant or reapplicant with valuable information about preparing your Committee Letter Application AND your medical, dental or veterinary school application. This includes guidelines for preparing Personal Statements and other parts of the application. These guidelines are presented to help applicants to craft their personal statements and other parts of their Committee Letter Application.

The Pre-Health Office simply CANNOT meet with each applicant to critique their Personal Statements and other parts of the Committee Letter Application BEFORE it is submitted to us. Please do not come to advising sessions expecting this to happen. Longer appointments are necessary to provide this level of critique and we would like to provide this at a time when all of the necessary information is already in an applicant's file in order to make the feedback that we provide most meaningful, effective, and efficient. However, once the Committee Letter Application, along with all letters of recommendation and other supporting documents, have been received by the Pre-Health Office, candidates are encouraged to try to meet with a Pre-Health Advisor to get feedback on their Personal Statements and other facets of their applications.

In addition, every attendee at a Committee Letter Application Workshop HAS BEEN issued a unique Committee Letter  Identfication Number, which must be included in each Committee Letter Application before it can be submitted. This number cannot be shared and can only be obtained at one of these workshops. These numbers were provided to each attendee as they signed in at the workshop. If you did not attend a workshop, you will NOT be able to receive a Committee Letter Application Number and, therefore, will not be eligible for a Committee Letter.

Other Qualifications For The Committee Letter


Minimum academic qualifications for the Committee Letter include a GPA of 3.3 or higher for at least 38 credits in science and mathematics courses taken at Hunter. These 38 credits can be either completed or in progress at the time when the Committee letter application is submitted. The 38 credits must also include at least four (4) laboratory courses taken at Hunter College. Each candidate must also have appropriate extracurricular experiences in the field that they plan to enter (medicine, veterinary medicine, dentistry, optometry, etc.), as well as course evaluations and letters of recommendation that comment on their performance in both academic and clinical settings.

All applicants for the Committee Letter must be in good academic standing at Hunter College. To qualify for a Committee Letter, all applicants must also have an active file with the Pre-Health Advising Office with the following documents included:

  1. At least one letter of recommendation from science faculty at Hunter College
  2. Evaluations (ideally greater than five) from courses completed at Hunter College.
  3. Recommendation letters from your employers, supervisors and/or mentors in clinical, research, and community service settings. At least one letter should be from a supervisor from a clinical setting related to the field in which you are applying. If you do not have a letter of recommendation from a supervisor in a clinical setting related to your interest, this could adversely affect your eligibility for a Committee Letter and your likelihood of being accepted to a professional school.

Once the qualifications for the Committee Letter have been verified by the Pre-Health Office, a member of Hunter’s Pre-Health Committee is assigned to interview the candidate and write their Committee letter.

The Letter Packet


For those students who have a file in the Pre-Health Professions Office but a) do not meet the minimum requirements for a Committee Letter (3.3 Science and Math GPA and 38 Credits in Science at Hunter); or are applying to programs that do not require a Committee Letter, we can send out a letter packet. The letter packet consists of the Letters of Recommendation in your file with a brief cover letter. The Pre-Health Advising Office will examine your file and determine what letters are best to submit on your behalf. Only full letters of recommendation are submitted with a Letter Packet. Course evaluations are not appropriate documents for submission in a Letter Packet.


The same application is required for either the Committee Letter or the Letter Packet. All sections of this application MUST be filled in completely.


The deadline to apply for a Committee Letter or a Letter Packet is Saturday, March 15, 2014 at 11:59 p.m.

Committee Letter Application Procedures & Timeline

The following outlines the different steps in the Committee Letter Application Process:


  1. Before you can submit a Committee Letter Application, you must first attend a MANDATORY Committee Letter Workshop. Each workshop attendee will be issued a unique Committee Letter Application Number, which must be entered on the Committee Letter Application before it can be submitted. Attendance at a Committee Letter Workshop is REQUIRED for first-time applicants as well as reapplicants.
  2. You must submit your application for a committee letter before the March 15 deadline.
  3. The minimum required number of recommendations and evaluations needed to qualify for the Committee Letter MUST be in your file by April 15th, 2014. If your file is not complete by that date, you will NOT qualify for a Committee letter.
  4. All additional letters or evaluations, beyond those needed to meet the minimum specified qualifications, MUST be received by the Pre-Health Advising Office no later than June 15, 2014. If you are taking classes during the spring and plan to request letters or evaluations from your instructors, or if you are participating in clinical, research or volunteer experiences for which you hope to receive a letter, all of these documents must be submitted by the June 15 due date. Any documents received after that date will NOT be included in the Committee Letter.
  5. MCAT, DAT or GRE scores are NOT required by the June 15 deadline. However, these scores must be released or submitted to the Pre-Health Office BEFORE completed Committee letters will be uploaded. it is very strongly recommended that all applicants complete the MCAT, DAT or GRE no later than mid July of the year in which they plan to apply to medical, dental or veterinary school. Later test dates can significantly decrease an applicant's competitiveness and potential for acceptance.

    The Pre-Health Advising Office team will review your application to determine your eligibility for receiving a committee letter and will issue a formal approval. The approval process is expected to take up to 4 to 6 weeks after the March 15 deadline for the Committee Letter application. Candidates who do not qualify for the Committee Letter will be informed if they have sufficient documentation to be eligible for a Letter Packet.


    Once you have been approved for a Committee Letter, you will be directed to set up an interview with a member of the Committee, who is pre-assigned to develop your committee letter.Please allow 6-8 weeks from the time of approval of your application to completion of your letter request.


Additional requirements that must be fulfilled before a Committee Letter can be submitted

Before any applicant's completed Committee Letter can be submitted to AMCAS, ADEA or to any school or application system, scores from standardized tests such as the MCAT, DAT or GRE MUST be released or submitted to the Pre-Health Advising Office. 

Before an applicant's Committee Letter can be submitted, an electronic PDF file of the complete and final version of your professional school application that was submitted must be provided to the Pre-Health Advising Office. Again, Committee Letters will not be submitted until AFTER these documents are received and your scores are available.

A $10 fee must be paid before a Committee letter can be submitted. This is the required payment for use of Virtual Evaluations the online submission service. Payment must be made using a check made out to Hunter College. Your Committee Letter cannot be submitted until after this $10 payment is received.

Please note that, once they have been submitted, Committee Letters are available to medical, dental and veterinary schools immediately. These Committee Letters do NOT require an additional 4-6 week period for verification, as is the case for candidates' primary applications. Therefore, Committee Letters can be submitted 4-6 weeks AFTER candidates' applications are submitted WITHOUT causing any delay in the completion or availability of their applications. 


Important Notes:

  • If you have the same instructor for more than one course, then only one evaluation or letter of recommendation is required. However, each of the courses that you completed with the instructor must be indicated in the letter or evaluation. In this case one letter or evaluation would count as written feedback for two courses.
  • Evaluations can be written by Hunter College faculty and Laboratory or Recitation instructors (usually graduate teaching assistants), but letters of recommendation must be written by Hunter faculty.
  • The number of evaluations will be considered in the context of all the other items in your file. The goal is to have enough information in a file for a committee member to write a thorough, accurate, and comprehensive letter. This requirement not only helps the committee but benefits the student. We recommend having 8-10 evaluative documents (letters and evaluations) in your file at the time when you apply for a Committee Letter.
  • The Committee Letter Application is used by the Committee to learn more about your goals, accomplishments, and motivation. When you submit your Committee Letter application; this signifies to the Pre-Health Committee that you are ready to apply and want to be considered for a Committee Letter that semester.
  • The Committee Letter Application is electronic and can only be completed in one sitting(you cannot start it and then go back to it later). You may want to start by answering the questions in MS Word. Then, when you are ready to submit the packet, copy and paste the answers in the appropriate boxes.
  • The Committee Letter Application is also intended as a preliminary version of a medical, dental, veterinary, optometry or podiatry school application. You are expected to put serious and significant effort into the preparation of your Committee Letter Application as a major step in the preparation of your professional school application. It also provides the Pre-Health Advising Office with an opportunity to provide feedback on your professional school application before it is actually submitted.
  • The Pre-Health Advsing Office reserves the right to reject applications that are incomplete or that demonstrate a lack of serious effort.
  • If you miss the March 15 submission deadline, or if your file is not complete with the required letters and recommendations by April 15, you will NOT be eligible to receive a Committee Letter or a Letter Packet.
  • The Committee letter deadlines are established so that candidates' applications may be completed in a timely fashion. If you miss the Committee letter deadline, then your competitiveness as an applicant is likely to be compromised.
  • If you are having trouble meeting the Committee Letter deadlines, then it may be best for you to defer your application until the next year's cycle. It is always best to apply to professional school when you are really ready - when you are the best applicant that you can be. It is NOT advisable to apply just to see what happens, when you know that you still need to accomplish a few things before you would be fully qualified.



To apply for a Committee letter or a letter packet, you will need to view and access the application form through a link provided here. The link will be made active when the application cycle opens in January.

 Committee Letter Application




For those students who have received a Committee Letter or Letter Packet within the past two years and are re-submitting applications for medical, dental, veterinary or optometry school, a Committee Letter Update is required.


In order to receive an update, you must also provide additional information through the Committee Letter Update Application, available through the following link: 

Update Application

All Re-Applicants are also REQUIRED to attend a Committee Letter Workshop.  A unique Re-Applicant ID Number will be provided to you at that time. This number must be entered in the form to be completed by all Re-Applicants. You will NOT be able to submit the form if you do not enter the Re-Applicant ID Number issued to you.

PLEASE NOTE: If you submitted a Committee letter application in a previous year but you did not apply to medical, dental, veterinary or optometry school, you WILL need to submit a new Committee letter application.
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