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Letters of Recommendation Requirements

Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - MD' started by BrCo, May 18, 2014.

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  1. BrCo

    BrCo 2+ Year Member

    Jun 7, 2012
    The phrasing on school websites regarding letters of recommendation is a bit confusing. I have a committee letter that contains 1 overall letter made up from 5 individual professors. How should I go about interpreting the following:

    Duke: "Four letters of recommendation are required (two from science faculty). A committee letter may serve as one letter." - Does this mean I need 3 additional letters included besides the committee letter?

    Georgetown: "The committee on admissions requires a signed appraisal of your character and ability preferably from your premedical advisor or premedical committee. You must submit a minimum of two letters of recommendation" - Same question here, are they counting committee letter as 5 letters or only as 1?

    and the most confusing one.. UF: "A letter packet submitted by an undergrad institution is treated by AMCAS as 1 letter. UF requires of minimum of 3 letters. A pre-health advising committee letter/packet will fulfill our letter requirements" - If they require three letters, and a committee letter serves as one letter how can that fulfill their requirements???

    Maybe I'm over thinking all of this, but the wording can be confusing. Thanks everyone for your help.

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  3. Dr Chim Richalds

    Dr Chim Richalds

    Mar 17, 2014
    You're definitely over thinking the UF one. They're just telling you that AMCAS treats the committee letter as 1 entry but that it satisfies all their requirements

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