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

Pre-Health Students

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.

Areas: Medicine(MD & DO), Dentistry, Pharmacy, Veterinary Medicine, & Optometry

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:

  • Two Faculty Letters of Recommendation
    • One letter preferably 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-Professional Advising is here to assist.

Pre-Law Students

Some law schools use letters as part of their application process, as a tool to understand who you are and your ability to preform academically.

Letter Details

Law schools vary in the number of letters they require, however, determining at least two academic letter writers will be beneficial. Academic letters are seen as helpful in providing schools a sense of your written work, participation in class, and how you perform as a student.

Build relationships with faculty and staff over your time at UAH. Developing quality, positive relationships will aid in producing a more detailed and descriptive letter about you.

Letter writers should refer to your personality traits and mention specific examples when describing you. It can be helpful to have letter writers define how long they have known you, what type of student you are (grade in the course, attendance, participation, etc), how you work with others, your leadership skills, and your written and speaking abilities and skills.

Do not use letters from family or friends, even if they are a practicing attorney.

Preparing your Letter Writer

Give your letter writers plenty of time to write their letter. Asking 4 weeks in advance, at minimum, would be sufficient in providing letter writers enough time to write a quality letter for you.

Providing information to your letter writers can be helpful in their preparation of your letter. Equipping your letter writer with your resume, LSAT score, personal statement, and details on how to submit their letter, can expedite the letter writing process.