Follow the five (5) steps to use the USC Letter of Evaluation (LOE) Service for AACOMAS
Please read the USC Dornsife College Office of Pre-Health Advisement Letter of Evaluation (LOE) Service webpage before proceeding.
Letters of evaluation are required as part of the Osteopathic (D.O.) medical school application process. The collection and delivery of letters of recommendation are not part of the AACOMAS application. Each of the osteopathic medical schools has its own processes for receiving letters of recommendation.
Option 1 - You can manage and arrange for the delivery of letters yourself. Letters of evaluation must be sent directly to your designated colleges following the processes outlined by each college.
Option 2 - Many undergraduate universities offer services for managing and delivering letters of recommendation.
Option 3 - You can manage your letters of evaluation and other supporting materials with Interfolio, the company that powers the AACOMAS application. Interfolio can help you collect and deliver all of your letters of recommendation, pre-med committee letters and other documents.
Choose Option 2 if you are utilizing USC’s Letter of Evaluation (LOE) Service
Step I: Beginning March 15th Establish a Letter of Evaluation (LOE) Account Online
1. To create an LOE Account, click on “Sign Up." Creating this account will allow you to make payments, check on the status of letters received, and submit requests once your letter packet is complete.
2. Then click on VIEW LOE Application.
Step II: Complete the LOE Service Application
Part I. Application Contact Information
Part II. List of Evaluators
Part III. Payment
Part IV. Legal Agreement
- Students should only establish an LOE service account during their application year (one year prior to matriculation).
- Print the “Letter of Evaluation Service Application” and retain a copy for your records.
- Make sure to print (or pick up from FIG 107) the electronic cover sheet and recommender instructions provided through your USC LOE service account and provide a signed copy to all recommenders.
Step III: Letters of evaluation (LOE) and accompanying cover letters should be brought or sent to FIG 107 no later than Friday, August 1st, 2014 in the following ways:
- A letter may be hand-delivered to FIG 107 by the recommender OR the student, provided that it is in a sealed envelope with the recommender’s signature across the seal.
- A letter may be sent through campus mail by the recommender: Mail Code1266
- A letter may be mailed via U.S. Postal Service to:
University of Southern California
Office of Pre-Health Advisement
ATTN: Pre-Health Service
3641 Watt Way-HNB 120
Los Angeles, CA 90089-2520
- A letter may be e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org on electronic letterhead and must include an electronic signature. No Word documents please. PDF is highly recommended. NOTE: FAXED Letters of Evaluation will NOT be accepted.
STEP IV: Once you begin receiving Secondary (Supplemental) Applications, request to release your letters to the individual Osteopathic medical schools via USC’s LOE Online Account.
Requests for letters of evaluation accompany secondary applications for osteopathic medical schools. When you receive a secondary application and are prompted for letters of evaluation, complete each of the following steps:
1) Log-in to your USC online LOE account.
2) Complete and submit the USC LOE request form provided through your USC LOE account. Make sure to complete section 2b to select the osteopathic medical schools of your choice from the drop-down menu.
- Students will not be given access to an LOE request form until ALL LOE have been received by the Office of Pre-Health Advisement. LOE request forms are processed within 5-7 business days of receipt.
Step V. Confirm
Confirm that every school has received your letters by referring to the school’s website.
If you ever have any doubts about the status of your letters, e-mail Nathalie Zuletta, Administrative Assistant (email@example.com) or stop by the Pre-Health Advisement Office. Just keep in mind that it is a busy time, so wait at least 48 hours after your initial query before following up.