Committee Letter

Students who have earned the Program Certificate and are in good academic standing are eligible for a committee letter. Please consult the certificate forms to access the appropriate certificate form.

A committee letter is a narrative of a student’s academic history (undergraduate, graduate and post-bac), their motivation and preparation for their pre-health path, and their observed personal qualities and characteristics.

The committee members include the program director, co-directors, and teaching faculty in the program.

In order for the committee to write a quality letter, we ask that students thoughtfully complete the Committee Letter Questionnaire for information about their academics and experiences, particularly for the time before they joined the post-bac program. In addition, the letter includes academic performance in the post-bac program, comments, and observations based on the relevant interactions a student has with advisors, faculty, and staff. This does not include confidential or sensitive information that you have shared with your advisors or faculty, but rather is focused on a student’s interpersonal skills, maturity, and professional behavior.

Some of the qualities assessed include:

  • academic performance;
  • scientific inquiry/curiosity;
  • collaboration with peers;
  • demonstrated respect for others;
  • attendance and participation in classes and at program events including speaker series, seasonal meetings, and recognition of achievement celebrations;
  • honesty and integrity;
  • willingness to take on challenging coursework;
    • for CCTs, taking the standard number of our core classes is considered sufficiently challenging
  • capacity for improvement.

The committee members value the opportunity to get to know their students. A student's presentation of above listed qualities is the basis for the committee letter and any endorsement. These categories are:

  • Strongly recommended
  • Recommended
  • Recommended with reservation
  • Evaluated

There is no limit to the number of strong recommendations. Therefore, we encourage students to work cooperatively as they strive to be their best academic and professional selves.

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