Letters of Evaluation
The Letters of Evaluation section of the application is designed to give you the opportunity to indicate who your letter writers are, what types of letters will be sent to AMCAS, and which schools should receive each letter. You do not need to enter your letters in your AMCAS application prior to submission, but please note that applications and letters will be made available to medical schools after processing is complete, regardless of whether or not all letters have been received.
This 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. AMCAS accepts letters on behalf of medical schools that choose to participate in this service. Most medical schools require your letters to be on official letterhead and include the letter writer’s signature.
Letter Types: Each letter type is equivalent to one (1) 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, in contrast 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, you should not add a separate entry for that letter.
Assigning Letters of Evaluation to Medical Schools: Once you have added your medical schools and verified that they participate in AMCAS Letters (by checking for the LOE icon), you may designate specific letters to be received by individual medical schools.
There are several mediums through which a letter writer can send a letter to AMCAS: VirtualEvals, Interfolio, U.S. Mail, and the AMCAS Letter Writer Application.