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Committee Letter Service

Overview

Along with helping to facilitate the collection and submission of letters of evaluation to health professions schools, the UHPO can also write health professions committee letters of evaluation on behalf of students and alumni who have completed a minimum of 24 semester credit hours at UTSA.  A committee letter of evaluation is meant to be a form of support and advocacy that captures aspects of a student’s life, personality, and personal qualities that cannot be found in other components of a student’s application to health professions schools.  Whereas other letters of evaluation will often describe a referee’s observations of a student from interactions in the classroom, health care environment, or other setting, the committee letter of evaluation will be crafted to give admissions committees a picture of who a student is on the whole as a person and applicant.  It will reflect a student’s family background, academic background, work experiences, volunteer experiences, and other factors that have contributed to the person s/he is and his/her motivations for entering a career in health care.  It will also briefly indicate a student’s academic strength in comparison to UTSA’s applicant pool.

While many medical, dental, veterinary, and optometry schools accept and often prefer that students have committee letters of evaluation written and submitted by their respective university’s health professions office when possible, this is not necessarily acceptable or preferred by other health professions schools.  Students are advised to read the application instructions for their respective health professions schools of interest carefully before requesting a committee letter of evaluation by the UHPO.

If you are interested in this service please call 210-458-5185 to schedule an appointment with an advisor or visit the center during walk-in hours. Please ensure you start this process early in the application cycle. If you wait until late summer, we may not be able to accomodate your request.