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Committee Letter Requirements for Pre-Health Transfer Students - Second Degree

Please refer to the COMMITTEE LETTER tab on this website to gain general information about how to qualify for a Committee Letter as a Hunter Pre-Health Transfer Student pursuing a Second Degree and the Committee Letter Evaluation Rankings Rubric.

PRE-HEALTH TRANSFER STUDENTS NOT COMPLETING A DEGREE AT HUNTER DO NOT QUALIFY FOR A COMMITTEE LETTER: Transfer students with a degree from another institution and who are not seeking to complete a second degree at Hunter College are NOT eligible to receive a Committee Letter. 

SECOND DEGREE PRE-HEALTH TRANSFER STUDENTS MUST PROVIDE EVIDENCE OF SECOND DEGREE TO RECEIVE A COMMITTEE LETTER: In addition to satisfying the requirements below, Second Degree Pre-Health Transfer students MUST provide evidence that they completed the second degree or that they intend to complete the second degree by filing for graduation with the Registrar's Office and producing a copy of that document to the Pre-Health Advising Office.

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS FOR SECOND DEGREE TRANSFER STUDENTS TO QUALIFY FOR A COMMITTEE LETTER: A Second Degree Pre-Health Transfer Student with a bachelor's degree from another institution must have attained (1) a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.75 at Hunter College, (2) a minimum BCPM GPA of 3.5 at Hunter College, and (3) a minimum BCPM and cumulative GPA of 3.0 at their prior institution.

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:

 Attend a Committee Letter Workshop. This Workshop is given in the Fall Semester and provides access to the Committee Letter Contract and the Committee Letter Application.

Second Degree Pre-Health Transfer Students must also satisfy the following requirements:

  1. Have an active Pre-Health file for at least 1 academic year. As a Pre-Health Transfer Student, you should aim to apply for a Pre-Health file no later than the first year of enrollment at Hunter College
  2. 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.
  3. Have a minimum 3.5 BCPM (Bio, Chem, Phys, Math) GPA at Hunter College and a minimum 3.75 cumulative GPA at Hunter College at the time of the Committee Letter Application, and a minimum BCPM and cumulative GPA of 3.0 at their prior institution.
  4. Pre-Health Transfer Students must complete at least 30 credits of Math and Science (Biology, Chemistry, Physics, and certain courses in the Medical Laboratory Sciences major) at Hunter College at the time of the Committee Letter Application.
  5. 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  of the year in which you plan to apply (eg. submit by January 15, 2021 if you plan to apply in June 2021). 
  6. 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 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.
  7. You must take your entrance exam (MCAT, DAT, OAT, or GRE) no later than January, March, or April of the year in which you plan to apply.
  8. The Pre-Health Office will only process Committee Letters for students who have earned competitive test scores by May 30th.
  9. Competitive test scores are: MCAT: 512 (ALLOPATHIC); MCAT: 507 (DO); DAT: 21; GRE: 315; OAT: 350. If you score below the competitive scores, we strongly recommend that you postpone your application until the following cycle.
  10. You are responsible to ensure that all required documents---Recommendation Letters, Evaluations, Letters of Good Standing, Committee Letter Contract and Committee Letter Application--- 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).

Please Note: The Pre-Health Office will only process two Committee Letter Applications per Pre-Health Transfer Student. If you are accepted to a medical, dental, veterinary, or optometry school and you refuse to accept the offer of admission in order to reapply the following cycle, you will not receive a Committee Letter as a re-applicant.

For Committee Letter & Letter Packet Transfer Student Applicants-Second Degree: In addition to 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 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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