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Section 6: Letters of Evaluation
In this section, you will indicate who your letter writers are, what types of letters will be sent to AMCAS, and which schools should receive each letter.
After you have added your medical school designations (in Section 7) and verified that they participate in the AMCAS Letters Service, you may designated letters to specific medical schools.
AMCAS does not need your letters of evaluation to verify your application. Therefore, you may submit your application even if your letters have not yet arrived at AMCAS. Your application and letters will be made available to medical schools after your application is verified. Letters that arrive at AMCAS after your application has been processed will be forwarded to schools on a rolling basis.
AMCAS Letter Service
The AMCAS Letter Service enables participating medical schools to receive all letters electronically and enables letter authors to send all letters to AMCAS, rather than each school individually.
If a school participates in the AMCAS Letter Service, your letter writers must send letters to that school through AMCAS.
There are several ways a letter writer can send a letter to AMCAS. They can upload a letter via the AMCAS Letter Writer Application, VirtualEvals, or Interfolio. They can also mail it to AMCAS through the U.S. Postal Service. For more information, ask your letter writer to read AMCAS Letter Service for Advisors.
Note: Most medical schools require your letters to be on official letterhead and include the letter writer’s signature.
AMCAS accepts three different types of letters. Each letter type is equivalent to one letter entry.
Committee Letter: A letter authored by a pre-health committee or pre-health advisor and intended to represent your institution’s evaluation of you. A Committee Letter may or may not include additional letters written in support of your application. This is sometimes called a Composite Letter.
Letter Packet: A packet or set of letters assembled and distributed by your institution, often by the institution’s career center. A Letter Packet may include a cover sheet from your pre-health committee or advisor. However, unlike to a Committee Letter, a Letter Packet does not include an evaluative letter from your pre-health committee or advisor.
Individual Letter: A letter written by, and representing, a single letter author. If you have already included an Individual Letter within either a Committee Letter or a Letter Packet, do not add a separate entry for that letter.