Applying to Medical School
Note: AMCAS application site is now scheduled to
open on May 8 at 9:30 a.m. E.T. Application submissions will
be accepted on June4 with transmissions to medical schools on June
Beginning with the 2014 application cycle (which begins Spring
2013), Butler University Pre-Health office will no longer be
coordinating committee letters. Rather, students will submit
up to three individual letters of recommendation from
professors. In most cases, two of these letters must be from
professors who have instructed you in science courses and one
letter must be from a faculty who has taught a non-science
course. However, each school has specific numbers of letters
that they will accept and has rules about how many must be from
science or non-science. Check with the specific school's
website or contact Dr. Samide (firstname.lastname@example.org) to
determine which letters need to be sent to which school.
The process for requesting individual letters is outlined
below. You should request the letters in February or March of
your application year (usually your Junior year), and you should
request letters from professors who know you well. In
- Identify two science professors and one non-science professor
that might be willing to write a letter of recommendation on your
behalf. These professors should know you well (had for more
than just one course) and should have observed your academic skills
in the classroom as well as a laboratory, recitation, or
- Print the Request for Recommendation
form on the CHASE website. This form will provide some
instruction to the professor and provide a more uniform method for
ranking student ability.
- Schedule a meeting with the professors to ask them to write the
letters. Don't just drop in as the request might get shuffled
off and forgotten. Be intentional about asking.
- Bring a resume and a short narrative of the work you completed
in the classes taken under the professor. Professors see many
students over the years and don't always remember specific course
assignments or course experiences like you will. Remind them
of these experiences.
- Provide an estimated date for submission of their
letters. For example, if you're applying to dental school
then the letters are typically uploaded in June. For PT or
Optometry, the letters may need to be sent in July or August.
This information will help the professors plan and they can add the
submission to their calendar. It will help ensure that your
letters are uploaded in a timely fashion.
- When you submit your application materials, you will need to
fill in the professor's information and email. Be sure you
get the correct email address! The application service will
send the professor instructions on how to upload the letter.
Check with the professor by email or by appointment to ensure that
they received the request from the application service. Don't
be pushy, but be firm…this is important!
- You can check on the status of your application and the status
of the letters at any time (though you cannot read the letters) by
following the instructions on the application service website.