Evaluations and Recommendations
When you apply to health professions schools, you will need to provide them with letters of evaluation or recommendation. You may request these from your professors or from the Pre-professional Health Studies Committee on Evaluations.
In general, health professions school admission committees prefer letters from the pre-health professions committee, and several schools require committee letters when such a committee exists at the applicant's undergraduate university.
The Pre-professional Health Studies Committee on Evaluations at Saint Louis University strives to present students in a positive, honest manner. The letter prepared by the committee is highly regarded by the health professions schools to which SLU students typically apply.
When do I get evaluated?
If you entered SLU as a freshman, and you intend to complete undergraduate studies in four years and enter a professional school the following year, you will be evaluated by the committee during their junior year of college.
Transfer students are evaluated during the year preceding application to health professions schools.
How to Request an Evaluation/Recommendation
You must request evaluation early in your junior year. The process begins in mid-September with a meeting of interested students.
- Overall cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better
- Overall math/science (biology, chemistry, physics) cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better
- Completion of all entrance requirements by the end of the evaluation year
For more information, contact Erin Wirick in the Office of Pre-professional Health Studies.
With your help, the committee will develop a file that includes the following items:
- An Interview Report. A member of the committee will interview you as a rehearsal for the interviews conducted by professional schools when you apply.
- Evaluations by some of your professors.
- A Personal Statement that includes a discussion of "Why I want to be a ____." This essay will be reviewed by the committee and will be included in the American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS) (or other) application for professional school. This essay represents another opportunity for you to sell yourself to admissions committees.
- A modified AMCAS application. This form provides the committee with background information that helps to define who you are.
- Your academic record. High grades are impressive but are not the only academic considerations. Your choice of courses is important, as well as whether you sought to challenge yourself by taking sections that required more reading and writing. Will your selection of courses provide a solid foundation for professional school? Admissions committees today look for evidence that you have developed an ability to "effectively acquire, synthesize, apply and communicate information."
- Letters from employers, volunteer supervisors, and other relevant sources. These are screened by the committee. If the information is appropriate, they are copied and sent along with the committee letter. If these letters contain inappropriate comments, the committee will extract useable portions and include that information in its letter.
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