Letters of Recommendation
Letters of recommendation and/or evaluations are supplementary materials that are required when applying to graduate level programs. The number of letters depends on the program; however we recommend students try to get 3-5 letters.
Letters of recommendation can be written by various authors who may include college faculty, professionals in the field, and supervisors. It is a good idea for students to take initiative to develop relationships during class and in their extracurricular activities throughout their undergraduate studies and identify who to ask as early as possible in the application process.
We recommend that students provide resumes, personal statements, and other pertinent information. This will often help the author to be specific and detailed. Sending authors thank you letters is common practice as well.
Incorporate core competencies
We strongly recommend you provide authors with the AAMC Core Competencies in order for them to provide a more accurate evaluation. Also refer authors to the letters of recommendation guidelines.
Communicate time frame
Faculty may have less time or limited availability during busy times of the school year, and may be off campus during the summer. Also, authors may need specific information about where to send or input their letters/evaluations along with proper letterhead and signature procedures.
How to send letters
Due to confidentiality, sending and inputting letters of recommendation and evaluations can be tricky. Applicants have the option to ask authors to send the letters directly to the Centralized Application Service/Programs or they can use third parties like the Gateway Student Success Center or Interfolio. Students that plan to use the Gateway Student Success Center Letter services will need to read the instructions.
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