Letters of Recommendation
REQUESTING LETTERS OF RECOMMENDATION
Provide the following information to each letter writer:
- Letter of intent (Click here to see example)
- Request Form if you are Premed or Pre-Dental (Click here to print the Request Form)
- Personal statement (Do not put off requesting letters if you do not have a rough draft
yet. This is optional, but helpful.)
- Resume or CV
- Where to send it (Pre-addressed envelope if they are off-campus or instructions on
how to submit electronically)
- Request letters from professors who have taught you in a classroom setting. Science
professors are those who have taught you in the lecture portion of a Biology, Zoology,
Microbiology, Chemistry, or Physics course. No lab instructors.
- Supervisors should be able to address your ability to work and/or serve others, demonstrate
to an admissions committee that you are comfortable in a healthcare environment, and
discuss your work ethic.
- It is important for you to build a rapport with the people you shadow, work, or volunteer
with as preparation to requesting a letter of recommendation. Be on time, work hard,
learn as much as you can and, most importantly, be yourself. Letters of recommendation
are one of the ways admissions committees get to know you. That is only possible if
the letter writer knows you.
- If you do not think someone will write you a strong letter of recommendation, DO NOT
ASK THEM FOR ONE. A bad letter can kill your application even if the rest are stellar.
- Do NOT request letters of recommendation from family members. Their letters are highly
biased and may not be viewed as an accurate description of your character.
Letters of recommendation are expected to be confidential and should not be viewed
by the student. You will be asked to waive your right to view the letters, but you
also have the right to deny the waiver. If you choose to deny the waiver, you are
required to inform all of your letter writers that you will have access to their letters.