Letters of Recommendation

Letters of Recommendation describe you academically and personally. Choose people who can speak to those abilities.

You are REQUIRED to meet with the Pre-Health Advisor before starting to collect references to be placed in your file, as all of these are done online, and you must understand the differences clearly.

What is the PPAC?

The Pre-Professional Advisory Committee (PPAC) is made up of various appointed faculty, staff, and community health professionals who aim to provide advice, guidance, and knowledge on the professional field of the student's choice.

They assist in determining if a letter of evaluation is written on a student's behalf to attend professional school.


UAH Pre-Professional Advisory Committee (PPAC) Requirements:

To be eligible for a PPAC Letter of Evaluation (Committee Letter), you must have:

  • A cumulative GPA and science GPA of a 3.0 or higher
  • Attended UAH for a minimum of 2 semesters (Fall or Spring)
  • If you have graduated:
    • And, are enrolled in courses, you are eligible
    • And, not enrolled in courses, your PPAC interview must be within a year of your graduation date

To receive a PPAC Letter of Evaluation (Committee Letter), you must meet the following requirements:

  • Three Faculty Letters of Recommendation
    • Two letters perferably from science (Biology, Chemistry, Physics, or Math)
  • Two Character Recommendations
    • One must be from a shadower
  • One Pre-PPAC interview with a member from the board


Faculty Letters

Faculty Letters, submitted online, speak to academic abilities, intellectual curiosity, and coursework achievements.

Get to know faculty members early, as this helps in quality of letter writing.

Character Letters

Character letters, submitted online, aim to give readers a sense of individual qualities, desire to enter the field, and abilities to succeed in the field.

  • At least one letter must be from someone you have shadowed in the field.
  • The second letter may be from a shadower or,
    • as long as they can still address the above qualities, it may also be from a work supervisor or a volunteer coordinator or supervisor.
Asking Your Recommender
  • Make sure they are aware of your goals well in advance.
    • You don't want the time you ask for a letter of reference to be the first time they hear of your dream to be a dentist, for example.
  • Give them plenty of time to write the letter.
  • Provide them with your resume.
    • If you need help with that, make an appointment!
  • Write them a thank you note!
  • Keep your recommenders in the loop about acceptances.


Most professional schools will require certain number of faculty or character recommendations. If you do not go through the UAH PPAC Board Process, stay updated on the number of letters needed. As always, the Office of Pre-Health Professions Advising is here to assist.