Eligibility for a Committee Letter

At Johns Hopkins, the Committee Letter is part of a “Committee Packet” that includes the Committee Letter as well as individual letters of recommendation. The Committee Letter presents a composite of the applicant’s accomplishments, individual strengths, attributes, and competencies.

Applicants to medical or dental schools who are current students or alumni of the Whiting School of Engineering or the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences at Johns Hopkins, and who have met the requirements stated below, are eligible to receive a Committee Letter from the Health Professions Committee of the Office of Pre-Professional Programs and Advising.

To be eligible for a Committee Letter, all applicants must:

  • Have a history of at least one individual advising appointment with a Pre-Professional advisor. IMPORTANT: If you have never had an individual appointment with a Pre-Professional advisor at any time as an undergraduate, you must schedule an appointment prior to the HPCA deadline. Drop-in appointments and Pre-Health 101 do not count as individual advising.
  • Complete (or be scheduled to complete) an undergraduate degree at Johns Hopkins University.
  • Be in residence as a full-time enrolled undergraduate student at Johns Hopkins University for a minimum of four semesters.
  • Complete a minimum of four pre-medical and/or advanced science courses from Johns Hopkins University (this does not include AP credit).
  • Comply with the HPCA submission deadlines as established by the Pre-Professional Office.

Current students or alumni of Johns Hopkins University Krieger School of Arts and Sciences or the Whiting School of Engineering who have not met the requirements for a Committee Letter are advised to delay their applications to address their missing requirements. Please plan to meet with a pre-professional advisor to discuss the resolutions of your ineligibility.

Please note: Once you have matriculated to medical or dental school (whether US or foreign), you are no longer able to utilize the services of the Committee. You are thereby ineligible for a Committee Letter, and the Committee is no longer able to forward any letters of evaluation stored in veCollect.

Alumni Policy

Undergraduate alumni of Johns Hopkins University (Krieger School of Arts and Sciences or Whiting School of Engineering) are eligible to apply for a Committee Letter up to four years post-graduation. This timeline refers to the four years from graduation to the application entry year.

  • Alumni who graduated in December 2018, May 2019, or any time after are eligible for a Committee Letter for the 2023 application cycle.
  • Alumni who graduated in May 2018 or earlier are ineligible for a Committee Letter for the 2023 application cycle.
  • Medical/dental school reapplicants who graduated in May 2018 or earlier are ineligible for a Committee Letter for the 2023 application cycle.

Alumni who graduated four or more years prior to the application cycle should have substantial professional, personal, and/or academic experiences beyond their time at Hopkins. While advanced alumni are welcome to participate in Pre-Professional Office programs and receive advising from our staff, the JHU Committee Letter speaks primarily to an applicant’s undergraduate years. Thus, for alumni with a wealth of post-graduate experiences, a letter from the Committee is of limited value. Instead, a more individualized approach of combining letters of evaluation that reflect academic performance along with letters discussing post-graduate pursuits is more appropriate.

Alumni who are ineligible for a Committee Letter should neither enroll in Blackboard nor complete an HPCA.