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PAC Committee Letter

The College of Science and Health's (CSH) Pre-Health Advising Committee (PAC) will provide committee letters of recommendation on CSH letterhead for eligible Pre-Health Program registered students who have already met with both the Office of Advising and Student Services' pre-health advisor and their assigned PAC faculty mentor.  If you have yet to meet with them, please first schedule a meeting with the pre-health advisor by calling 773-325-8490. 

If you have yet to register with the Pre-Health Program, then please register for it at the latest by November 1st of the academic year when you wish to request a PAC Committee Letter to be written on your behalf.  If you miss the November 1st deadline, then you risk not having a PAC Committee Letter written on your behalf for an entire year.  

Why should I get a committee letter?

Graduate health professions programs that typically expect a committee letter of recommendation - when the applicant's host institution has a committee letter writing process - are immediately below.  However, please verify program expectations by directly contacting each school that particularly interests you.

  • Dentistry
  • Medicine (MD and DO)
  • Optometry
  • Podiatry

What is a committee letter?

DePaul's Committee Letter is considered a composite letter. It is considered a composite letter because it incorporates information from several different sources. The purpose of a composite letter is to provide a clear narrative of the applicant's candidacy and address any problems or issues that may have occurred during their time at DePaul.

The composite Committee Letter that will be sent might include information from the following sources:

  • Online student portfolio
  • Individual letters of recommendation
  • Transcripts
  • PAC interview
  • PAC ranking criteria


Steps to Receive a Committee Letter

Step 1: Attend an Introduction to PAC workshop

At this workshop you will receive information about all the components of the PAC process which include your online student portfolio, committee letter of recommendations, PAC interview, and m​ore. The Introduction to PAC workshop will be held week 5, 6, and 7 during autumn quarter.

Step 2: Request PAC services prior to November 4th, 2016

The Pre-Health Advisor will send out emails starting in September of each school year  to eligible students to notify them to request PAC services. Please make sure your email address ​in Campus Connect is correct. To request PAC services please fill form below by November 4th, 2016.

Step 4: Request your individual letters of recommendation to be sent to the PAC by Friday, February 17th, 2017


Step 5: PAC Interview

Once you have completed all the above components, students will be contacted by email to set up an appointment for an interview with mentors from the PAC during the month of March/April.  The purpose of the interview is to assess your interviewing skills, further inform the mentors' committee letter of recommendation, and coach​ you on how to effectively illustrate your viability as an applicant to a graduate health professions program.

Step 6: Meet with your PAC mentor

After your PAC ​interview,​ you will meet with your PAC mentor to discuss the outcome of your interview and PAC ​ranking of your committee letter of recommendation​.

Step 7: Request PAC committee letter of recommendation for you to be sent to programs

Committee letters will be written and ready to to be sent no later than July 1st. In order to recieve your committee letter please make sure the advisor release is selected on your application and then email CSHPreHealth@depaul.edu to request your committee letter to be sent by the PAC to your designated schools.

Please note that submitting your professional school application early is crucial to being a competitive applicant. The earlier you submit your application, the better your chances for getting an interview or being accepted into a program. Therefore, the PAC encourages students to submit their application early in the cycle.  As a result, we have set a deadline by when to request your PAC committee letter be sent on your behalf: ​August 31st. If you request your PAC committee letter to be sent on your behalf after August 31st, we cannot guarantee a prompt delivery of the committee letter.​

Step 8: Send thank you notes

Don't forget to send thank you notes to all the people who helped you through this process (individual letter of recommendation writers and PAC faculty mentor)​.


If there are any questions about the process, please contact the pre-health advisor in the Office of Advising and Student Services by calling 773-325-8490 or emailing CSHPreHealth@depaul.edu