Letters of Recommendation
Pre-Professional Programs and Advising will not be using veCollect as a our letters of recommendation collection service in future application cycles. We will be phasing it out over the next few years. Future applicants will be notified on how we will be collecting letters during the application cycle.
Letters of recommendation are a critical element in the health professions application process. Schools value the perspectives of people who have observed your work and can speak to your abilities and personality. For complete information about letters of recommendation, please review Guide Two on the Pre-Professional Advising website. In Guide Two, you will get information on:
- How to request letters of recommendation
- How to save or store letters of recommendation
- Frequently Asked Questions about letters of recommendation.
Building Relationships with Faculty
Cultivating strong relationships with faculty members can greatly enhance your chances of securing compelling letters of recommendation. Here are some strategies to consider:
- Attend Office Hours: Take advantage of faculty office hours to introduce yourself, discuss course material, seek advice, and demonstrate your commitment to learning. Don’t hesitate to ask about research opportunities or inquire about departmental activities.
- Engage with them: Initiate discussions with faculty members to express interest in their work, inquire about research opportunities, or seek guidance on academic and career-related matters.
- Participate in Research: Getting involved in research projects supervised by faculty members provides valuable experience and fosters closer relationships. Inquire about research opportunities within your department or related fields.
- Explore Teaching Assistant (TA) Opportunities: If you’re interested in becoming a teaching assistant, discuss the requirements and expectations with faculty members. Understanding what they look for in TAs can help you prepare and showcase your skills effectively.
- Initiate Conversations: Don’t underestimate the power of a simple greeting or question. Saying hello or asking about their semester can help break the ice and pave the way for meaningful conversations.
- Overcome Intimidation: We understand that approaching faculty members can be intimidating, especially in large classes. Remember, professors are there to support you and welcome interaction outside of the classroom. Office hours are designated for student engagement, so don’t hesitate to drop by even if you don’t have specific questions.
- Humanize Your Interactions: Faculty members are human too! They are passionate about their work and genuinely interested in getting to know their students. Don’t be afraid to engage in casual conversations or discuss your research interests with them.
Building relationships with faculty members takes time and effort, but the connections you establish can significantly impact your academic and professional journey.