Letters of Recommendation: Who to Ask

Your letters are like a jigsaw puzzle. When someone reads them all together, they should give a complete picture of who you are.

Letters are meant to provide details about any and all aspects of your candidacy, especially:

  • your ability to navigate the rigorous professional school curriculum
  • ways you will contribute to your class and school
  • suitability for your chosen career

If you're applying to medical or dental school with the HPA committee letter, you will request three to six letters of recommendation that will be sent to your schools with the committee letter. If you're applying to another health profession or are applying without the committee letter, research schools of interest to find out what they require.

Required Letters