Letter of Recommendation
Applicants must submit specific letters of recommendation. Please follow the guidelines listed below to ensure timely processing.
Applicants must submit a letter of recommendation (LOR) from a physician (DO is preferred). Letters should provide details of the applicant’s exposure to patients and their ability to perform in a medical setting. It can reflect shadowing, volunteering, or work experience.
Applicants must submit one (1) pre-med advisor or committee letter that includes the names and departments of the committee members. If an advisory or committee letter is not available, then two academic letters from science faculty must be submitted.
All letters should be signed and on letterhead.
Science letters must be written by college science professors who have instructed the applicant in the required science courses or recommended upper-level science courses. These letters should be on letterhead with academic credentials in the signature line. Letters should also include the course title in which the evaluator taught. Applicants should inform faculty of these requirements when requesting letters. ACOM only accepts letters from instructors of biology, chemistry, or physics.
Letters from social science (e.g., psychology, sociology, etc.) or math professors will not count toward this requirement. Letters from laboratory and research instructors will not meet the requirement.
Non-traditional students who have been out of college for more than 2 years and have not taken recent prerequisite or other classes must provide a letter from their immediate supervisor/employer and the required physician letter.
Letters that do not count toward completion of the admission file include: letters from relatives, spouses, family friends, coaches, personal trainers, veterinarians, dentists, your family physician or pediatrician (unless you have shadowed or worked with the physician).