Dornsife College Office of Pre-Health Advisement Letter of Evaluation (LOE)
Letters of Evaluation (recommendation) are an important component of the application process to health professions schools. The purpose of a letter of evaluation is to share information and insights regarding your character, motivations and specific abilities that others have observed. You want to think about who can write a strong letter in support of your candidacy not only academically, but also socially and emotionally. It is helpful to choose an evaluator who can attest to your involvement in a broad spectrum of activities during your undergraduate education. Therefore, it is wise to begin to develop relationships with faculty and other individuals early.
Effective March 2nd, 2015 (the upcoming application cycle 2015-2016), the Dornsife Office of Pre-Health Advisement will discontinue the Letter of Evaluation (LOE) storage and forwarding service. Therefore, students who currently have letters stored with the Dornsife Office of Pre-Health Advisement will need to have letters transferred to Interfolio or the appropriate centralized application letter service that coincides with the health profession of choice. Students who do not want to use Interfolio will need to make arrangements with letter writers to have individual letters sent directly to the appropriate application service or program. A letter detailing this decision and providing other important information can be found here.
The Dornsife Office of Pre-Health Advisement encourages students to use Interfolio (Dossier service) for all services concerning letters of evaluation. USC students should use the code provided to ensure their account is connected with the advising office and receive the discounted rate. For more information on Interfolio's service see their web site.
Students who used the Letter of Evaluation Service in the past and need their letters transferred to Interfolio should submit a request via email to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you do not intend on using Interfolio we suggest you contact the appropriate centralized application letter service that coincides with the health profession of choice.
The Dornsife Office of Pre-Health Advisement will continue to serve all current students, alumni, and post-baccalaureates of the University of Southern California who are interested in pursuing a career within the health professions.