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.
- Medicine (MD and DO)
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
The composite Committee Letter that will be sent might include information from the following sources:
- Online student portfolio
- Individual letters of recommendation
- 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 more. The Introduction to PAC workshop will be held week 5, 6, and 7 during autumn quarter.
Step 2: Request PAC services prior to October 19th, 2018
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 out the form below by Friday, October 19th, 2018
Step 5: PAC Interview
Once you have completed all the above components, students will be contacted by email to set up
an interview with the PAC during the
months of February and March. 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. Students may be ranked as one of the following; Exceptionally Recommend, Highly Recommend, Recommend, and Unable to Recommend.
Step 7: Request PAC committee letter of recommendation for you to be sent to programs
PAC committee letters should be written and ready to to be sent through the CAS system as early as June 3rd. In order to release 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).
Requesting an Updated Committee Letter
Students who were part of PAC are able to request a committee letter for up to three year. Example: If a student received a PAC letter spring 2017, you can request an updated letter spring of 2018 and spring of 2019. To request an updated letter please follow the instruction here: Request Form. The deadline for requesting an updated letter is June 30th of each school year.
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