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Guidelines for Letter Writers

Instructions: Instructions: The letter you have been asked to provide will become a very important part of the student’s application for admission to a professional school. This evaluation will supplement the student’s academic record and assist the health professions admissions committees in making difficult choices regarding the selection of the most capable student for their programs. Your thorough and candid evaluation of this student will be greatly appreciated.

It is important that you clearly indicate if you directly taught or supervised the student. Consider the student as your future physician, etc., and evaluate him/her in that context.

Topics to consider:

  • Length of time you have known the student
  • Character and personality traits observed: initiative, integrity, dependability, perseverance toward goals, ability to multi-task, maturity, ability to criticize and accept criticism, ability to be self-critical, emotional stability.
  • Interpersonal/Communication skills: articulation and clarity of expression, manner of relating to others, leadership skills, interest in people, sensitivity to the needs of others, ability to exchange ideas.
  • Intellectual traits: native intelligence, curiosity, abilities in creative and independent thinking, ability to write and speak, interest in complex ideas and concepts, problem solving ability.
  • Distinguishing characteristics: both positive and negative.
  • Evaluation of candidate’s performance: if the applicant has worked under your supervision, an evaluation of his/her performance in that situation is appreciated.
  • A candid opinion of the likelihood of the student’s success in his/her designated health profession is appreciated.

You may address the letter “To whom it may concern” or “Dear Admissions Committee”. Please type/print your letter on your letterhead stationery. The letter will be placed in the student’s recommendation file online and later combined with other letters and forwarded to the professional schools to which the student is applying. If you have any questions, please contact Preprofessional Advising Office at or 801- 581-5744. Thank you very much for supporting our students. 

Contact PreProfessional Advising


Bldg. 44, Room 206 [MAP]  (This is the main PPA office which include Mayumi, Shelley, and Cari's offices. Amy's office is in HPER North 234)

Spring 2017
Mon, Tue, Wed & Fri.
8:00 am - 5:00 pm

9:00 am - 5:00 pm

The office will be closed for planned events on:

  • Martin Luther King Jr. Day: Monday, January 16
  • Presidents Day: Monday, February 20
  • Spring Break: March 12-19

Appointments are required.

Current University students and Alumni can book their appointments ONLINE.
Appointment Manager

If you are a prospective students (freshman, transfer, post-baccalaureate) visiting our office for the first time, please call 801-581-5744 or email Catalina Cardona at to schedule an appointment. 


"10 minute rule"

Please try to arrive a few minutes early to check in before your appointment time. Students who are more than 9 minutes late will be rescheduled.

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Last Updated: 4/7/17