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 school 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, you must meet all the following requirements:

  • Be scheduled to or have completed your undergraduate education at Johns Hopkins University.
  • Meet a residency requirement of enrollment as a full-time undergraduate student at Johns Hopkins University for a minimum of four semesters.
  • Have completed a minimum of four premedical and/or advanced science courses (i.e., Cell Biology, Virology, Biochemistry) from Johns Hopkins University. This does not include AP coursework.
  • Comply with the HPCA submission deadlines as established by the Pre-Professional Office.
  • Have met with a pre-professional advisor on at least one occasion prior to the HPCA submission deadlines established by the Pre-Professional Office.

Current students or alumni of the Whiting School of Engineering or the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences at Johns Hopkins 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.


Some medical and dental schools state a preference for receiving a Committee Letter if the applicant’s undergraduate institution offers this service. In light of this, if an ineligible applicant decides to apply without a Committee Letter, the Office offers to forward the letters of recommendation in the applicant’s veCollect quiver, along with a cover letter explaining the Hopkins Committee Letter eligibility requirements, to the schools where the applicant applies. A cover letter from our office is an acceptable substitution for the Committee Letter in these circumstances. (Please rest assured that a cover letter in lieu of a Committee Letter will not preclude consideration to medical or dental programs and should not negatively impact chances of admission.)

All other applicants must obtain a Committee Letter from the Office of Pre-Professional Programs. Applicants who are otherwise eligible for a Committee Letter should not attempt to apply to medical or dental programs without first obtaining a Committee Letter. Attempts to circumvent our Committee Letter process will negatively impact your application to medical and dental programs.