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, all applicants must:

  • Attend an individual advising appointment (drop-in meetings do not count) in the Pre-Professional Office at least once prior to the Health Profession Committee Application (HPCA) submission date.
  • 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 a health profession school (medical, dental, etc., 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.

  • Alumni who graduated in May 2017 OR December 2016 (or any time after) are eligible for a Committee Letter for the Entry Year 2021 application cycle.
  • Alumni who graduated in May 2016 or earlier are ineligible for a Committee Letter for the Entry Year 2021 application cycle.
  • Medical/dental school reapplicants who graduated in May 2016 (or December 2015) are now ineligible for a Committee Letter for the Entry Year 2021 application cycle.

Alumni who graduated four or more years prior to the current 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 experience, a letter from the Committee is of limited value. Instead, a more individualized approach combining letters of evaluation that reflect academic performance along with letters discussing post-graduate pursuits is more appropriate.

Petitioning the Johns Hopkins Health Professions Committee.

Should an ineligible applicant, who has never before matriculated to health professions school, decide to apply without a Committee Letter:

  • They may petition the Committee to request the use of our letter forwarding
  • If the petition is approved, their letters of evaluation stored in veCollect, along with a cover letter explaining the Hopkins Committee Letter eligibility requirements, will be forwarded to the schools where the applicant applies in lieu of a Committee Letter.

Petitions to the Johns Hopkins Health Professions Committee should be 1–2 paragraphs, addressing the reasons for the applicant’s ineligibility for a Committee Letter, and explaining why an exception to the eligibility requirements should be made. The petition should be submitted in writing to preprofessional@jhu.edu with “Health Professions Committee Petition” in the subject line of the message.