Letters of Evaluation

Georgia Tech Letters of Evaluation Service

The Georgia Tech Letters of Evaluation (LOE) service is a letter packet compilation service for pre-health students and alumni. Pre-health advisors do not write letters of evaluation or committee letters. Instead, evaluators send their letters to Pre-Health Advising, and we disseminate the letters as a packet to health professional schools or application services (i.e. AMCAS, AACOMAS, AADSAS, TMDSAS, and/or AACPMAS) once an applicant makes a formal upload request. 

The pre-health advisors at Georgia Tech will soon adopt the AdviseStream advising tool, which will provide a portal where we will manage LOEs and the creation of the students’ letter packets.  This portal will allow students to designate letter writers who will upload letters directly to an online interface.  Students will use the interface to monitor their letters and request upload to application services (AMCAS, AACOMAS, ADSAS, etc.).  In the next several weeks, we will begin testing and implementing the AdviseStream platform.

To ensure that we have enough time to test the AdviseStream interface and are ready for your letter uploads, we ask that faculty and other letter writers delay sending your letters of evaluation for the 2019 cycle until March 1

To ensure that we can process all letters for a timely review by admissions committees, we ask that letter writers adhere to our usual June 1 deadline.

IMPORTANT DATES AND DEADLINES:

December 18             “Preparing to Apply” Webinar (get tips from Francisco Castelan in the comfort of your own home!)

March 1                      Georgia Tech Pre-Health Advising begins accepting LOEs through the AdviseStream interface

May 1                          Deadline for students to complete the “Intent to Apply” on AdviseStream (details coming in spring)

June 1                         Deadline for LOEs submitted to GT Pre-Health Advising via AdviseStream

June 2                         Students may begin requesting uploads of completed letter packets through AdviseStream

December 1, 2018     Deadline for upload requests (except for Post-Bacc and Caribbean schools)

Here are a few steps you can take right away:

  • Begin identifying your letter writers and gather information to share with them.  See the attached tips for students about how to approach your letter writers.  You may want to share these AAMC letter writer guidelines with them, too.  Be sure to give letter writers 6-8 weeks to prepare their letters.  Plan to make your requests by Spring Break.
  • Begin drafting your personal statement.  The secret to successful writing is revision.  Start early so you can make this critical document an effective account of your motives and experience.
  • Plan to attend the December 18 webinar and our spring workshop series for professional school applicants.  Visit our web site for the latest dates.
  • Familiarize yourself with the application process. The AAMC web site is a treasure trove of valuable information related to the MCAT and the entire path to medical school.  Other professional organizations also have great resources for future dentists, pharmacists, physical therapists, and physician assistants
  • Register for the MCAT.  You should plan to take the MCAT no later than May to complete your application in the month of June.  Want to take your MCAT later than June?  Schedule an appointment with your pre-health advisor to discuss the pros and cons of delaying this critical component of your application.  If you have not yet registered for the MCAT, be sure to look into the Fee Assistance Program, which can save you a bundle on the test and related application expenses.
  • Schedule an appointment!  Your pre-health advisors are committed to helping you achieve your career goals.  We are available in daily drop-in hours or by appointment to answer your questions and help you develop a plan.  Choose “pre-health” on GradesFirst to schedule an appointment, or drop by MWF 8:30-9:30 or TR 3:30-4:30 if you have a quick question.

FERPA

When handling student records,  GT Pre-health Advising adheres to the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). More information can be found here: http://www.catalog.gatech.edu/policies/ferpa/.