Committee Letter Requirements

The Committee Letter is a composite letter that includes full content of all required evaluator letters plus an evaluation from the PreMed and PreHealth Advising Program. The PreMed and PreHealth evaluation is a competency-based summary of a student’s clinical, community engagement, and research experiences as well as academic performance during their time at Northeastern. We do not restrict our Committee Letter service based on grades or exam scores.

Committee letters are strongly preferred by the programs for which we advise (exception: optometric medicine, veterinary medicine, and physician assistant). To qualify for a Committee Letter, applicants and re-applicants* must meet all deadlines and requirements below. If you do not meet all deadlines and requirements you will no longer be eligible to receive a Committee Letter but may still qualify for a Letter Packet.

Applicants who are accepted to a medical school and decline matriculation are not eligible for future Committee Letters. The PreMed and PreHealth Advising Program has a three time limit for Committee Letters. The PreMed and PreHealth Advising Program cannot forward letters to any program other than what was designated on the original request. Thus, we are unable to send letters to medical masters or Post-Baccalaureate programs. Please contact your evaluators directly to request that letters be tailored to the program to which you are applying.

 

Requirements and Deadlines

The following letters of evaluation are required and must be requested through MAP to be eligible to request a Committee Letter.

3 Internal, Faculty Letters

  • These letters must be written by Northeastern faculty who have taught you in class (or through a directed study) and are familiar with your academic achievement.
  • 2 letters must be from science faculty (Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, or Physics).
  • 1 letter may be from academic faculty in any course discipline, though we recommend a non-science letter.
  • If you volunteered (or were paid) to perform work for a Northeastern faculty member and did not receive academic credit for that experience, the letter would be considered an external letter.

1 External, Clinical Letter

  • This letter must come from a practitioner in the field to which you are applying (i.e. from a MD if you are applying to MD programs, a Dentist if you are applying to dental school, from a DO if you are applying to Osteopathic School, etc.)
  • The letter must represent a relevant medical experience in the United States within the last 18 months. That experience must include patient interaction. Letters from family friends, even if they are physicians, are not encouraged. Letters from family members are prohibited.

2 External, Optional Letters

  • Applicants have the option to include one or two additional external letters. Typically, these letters of evaluation will come from your co-op, volunteer and/or community service supervisors. If you have a significant research experience, it is recommended you obtain a letter of recommendation from your PI and/or direct supervisor.

The Committee Letter Agreement requires applicants to acknowledge all deadlines and requirements for Northeastern students and alumni who are planning to apply with a Committee Letter. Committee Letter Agreements are accessible via the Medical Applicant Portal (MAP).

First Time Applicants

The Committee Letter Agreement is intended for all Northeastern University students and alumni who are planning to apply with a Committee Letter. The deadline to complete this Agreement is 5:00PM on January 31 of the year of application. Please note additional deadlines and requirements in your application year for the Committee Letter below.

Committee Letter Agreement Deadlines and Requirements:

January 31 (5:00 PM): Deadline to complete Committee Letter Agreement and Self-Assessment (accessible via MAP). Students should expect to receive an invitation from their assigned advisor for their required Committee Letter Meeting following submission of their Agreement and Self Assessment.

March 15 (midnight): Submission deadline for required Letters of Evaluation. All Letters of Evaluation must be requested through MAP. Required letters include:

• Three Northeastern faculty letters, two of which must be from Biology, Chemistry, Math, or Physics (BCMP) faculty.
• At least one clinical letter from a practitioner in the field to which you aspire (i.e. an MD, DO, or Dentist) that represents a patient-interaction experience in the United States within the last 18 months. Students applying to BOTH MD and DO programs MUST have a clinical letter from an MD AND a DO. Clinical letters cannot be written by a family member.
• Up to two additional, optional external letters of recommendation. Additional letters may be requested and received after March 15, but must be received in MAP before the primary application is submitted.

April 15: Deadline to complete required Committee Letter Meeting with your assigned PreMed/PreHealth Advisor. Students will be invited to schedule their Committee Letter Meeting following submission of their completed Committee Letter Agreement and Self-Assessment.

June 30: Deadline to take the MCAT (MD and DO applicants only). Scores must be released to NU.

July 31: Deadline to take the DAT (Dental applicants only). Scores must be released to NU.

July 31: Deadline to complete MAP (including a PDF upload of submitted primary application) and request Committee Letter.

August 31: Deadline to sit for MCAT (Podiatry ONLY). Scores must be released to NU.

September 30: Deadline to complete MAP (including a PDF upload of submitted primary application) and request Committee Letter (Podiatry ONLY)

Re-Applicants

The Re-Applicant Committee Letter Agreement is intended for Northeastern University students and alumni who have already completed the Committee Letter process for a previous cycle, and are again requesting a Committee Letter to re-apply to their programs. The deadline to complete this Agreement is 5:00PM on May 1 of the new year of application. Please note additional deadlines and requirements in your application year for the Committee Letter below.

Committee Letter Agreement Deadlines and Requirements:

May 1 (5:00PM): Deadline to complete Re-Applicant Committee Letter Agreement and Self-Assessment (accessible via MAP). Students should expect to receive an invitation from their assigned advisor for their required Committee Letter Meeting following submission of their Agreement and Self Assessment.

May 1 (midnight): Submission deadline for updated or new Letters of Evaluation. All Letters of Evaluation must be requested through MAP.
• Faculty letters do not require updating.
• An updated or new clinical letter may be required. The clinical letter must be from a practitioner in the field that you are applying to (i.e. an MD, DO, or Dentist), that represents a patient-interaction experience in the United States within the last 18 months.
• It is recommended that your additional external letters also be updated or replaced. Additional letters may be requested and received after May 1, but must be logged in as received in MAP before the primary application is submitted.
• Applicants are not permitted more than 6 evaluations (3 faculty and 1-3 external) in their Committee Letter.

May 15: Deadline to complete required Committee Letter Meeting with your assigned PreMed/PreHealth Advisor. Students will be invited to schedule their Committee Letter Meeting following submission of their completed Re-Applicant Committee Letter Agreement and Self-Assessment.

June 30: Deadline to re-take the MCAT (MD and DO applicants only), if applicable. Scores must be released to NU.

July 31: Deadline to re-take the DAT (Dental applicants only), if applicable. Scores must be released to NU.

July 31: Deadline to update MAP (including a PDF upload of submitted primary application) and request Committee Letter.

August 31: Deadline to re-take the MCAT (Podiatry ONLY), if applicable. Scores must be released to NU.

September 30: Deadline to update MAP (including a PDF upload of submitted primary application) and request Committee Letter (Podiatry ONLY)

The Self Assessment allows applicants to determine their readiness to apply and also provides the PreMed and PreHealth Advising Program with information pertinent for your Committee Letter. The more thought and time you put into your Self Assessment, the better prepared our staff are to write your letter. The Self-Assessment is updated annually and accessible via the Medical Applicant Portal (MAP).

First Time Applicants

An honest self-assessment is the first step in determining if you are ready to apply, or should defer to another year. Your goal is not to apply, rather it is to become a healthcare professional. The application process should be deliberate and not rushed. Self-Assessments are due on January 31 (5:00 PM) in the year of application.

Re-Applicants*

An honest self-assessment is the first step in determining if you are ready to re-apply and is designed to reflect on why you feel you weren’t accepted in your previous application and how you have addressed these concerns. Admissions Committees will look closely to see how you have enhanced your application since your previous submission. Consider if you have improved your application sufficiently to apply on your current timeline, or if you would be better off taking additional time. Re-Applicant Self Assessments are due on May 1 in the new year of application.

*Re-applicants refers to Northeastern University students and alumni who have already completed the Committee Letter process for a previous cycle, and are again requesting a Committee Letter to re-apply to their programs.

First Time Applicants

January 31: Committee Letter Agreement & Completed Self-Assessment due.

March 15: Required Letters of Evaluation due.

April 15: Deadline to complete required Committee Letter Meeting with your assigned PreMed/PreHealth Advisor

June 30: Deadline to sit for MCAT (MD, DO)

July 31: Deadline to sit for DAT (Dental)

July 31: Deadline to complete MAP and submit primary application.

August 31: Deadline to sit for MCAT (Podiatry ONLY)

September 30: Deadline to complete MAP and submit primary application (Podiatry)

Re-Applicants*

May 1: Committee Letter Agreement & Completed Self-Assessment due.

May 1: Updated Letters of Evaluation due.

May 15: Deadline to complete required Committee Letter Meeting with your assigned PreMed/PreHealth Advisor

June 30: Deadline to re-take MCAT (MD, DO), if applicable

July 31: Deadline to re-take DAT (Dental), if applicable

July 31: Deadline to update MAP and submit primary application (MD, DO, and Dental)

August 31: Deadline to re-take MCAT (Podiatry ONLY)

September 30: Deadline to update MAP and submit primary application (Podiatry)

*Re-applicants refers to Northeastern University students and alumni who have already completed the Committee Letter process for a previous cycle, and are again requesting a Committee Letter to re-apply to their programs.

While students enrolled in Northeastern University’s Post-Baccalaureate Program should consult with the CPS Career and Academic Coaching Staff for general advising, they may still be eligible to receive a Committee Letter from the PreMed and PreHealth Advising Program.

In addition to all other requirements and deadlines, CPS students must also meet the requirements below to be eligible to receive a Northeastern Committee Letter.

For students enrolled prior to Fall 2019

You must complete at least four one-year science course sequences (with corresponding labs) at Northeastern to qualify for a Committee Letter.

For students enrolling in Fall 2019 or later

You must take 10 of the courses listed below (with corresponding labs) at Northeastern to qualify for a Committee Letter.

                BIO1100/BIO1101 Principles of Biology 1

                BIO1200/BIO1201 Principles of Biology 2

              BIO2100 Microbiology

                BIO2300 Cell Biology

                BIO2500/2501 Genetics and Molecular Biology

                BIO3100/BIO3101 Biochemistry

                CHM1100/CHM1101 General Chemistry 1

                CHM1200/CHM1201 General Chemistry 2

                CHM2110/CHM2111 Organic Chemistry 1

                CHM2200/CHM2201 Organic Chemistry 2

                CHM2300/CHM2301 Analytical Chemistry

                PHY1200/PHY1201 Physics 1

                PHY2200/PHY2201 Physics 2

In their year of application, students and alumni who have met all the above Committee Letter deadlines and requirements will be provided instructions by email from the PreMed and PreHealth Advising Program on how to request their Committee Letter.