Find information on what materials are required for a committee review, the letter of recommendation process, and the process to request a letter packet for allied, post-baccalaureate and graduate programs.
Required Materials for a Committee Review for Medical, Dental and Veterinary School
The Health Professions Advising Committee seeks to provide applicants with the best possible feedback on their readiness to apply to graduate programs as well as the best possible letters of recommendation. As a result, we require you to submit the following items in the formats described below.
First, make sure you have opened a file by emailing a signed Health Professions File Waiver Form to email@example.com. You only need to do this once, not every year. By October 7 in the academic year when you want to be reviewed by the committee, fill out the Health Professions Advisor Request Form (You must log into Google with your g.holycross.edu email account to access form). You must do this in any year you plan to apply, even if you have been reviewed previously.
By February 15 in the academic year you want a committee review, you must submit the following materials to firstname.lastname@example.org. Make sure to have your advisor review your materials well before the due date. Items 1-6 must be combined in one PDF document. Items 7 and 8 should be sent as separate PDF documents.
- A cover sheet with your name, contact information, target type of health professions school (M.D., D.M.D., etc.) and recent picture (color headshot) of yourself. Make sure the picture is professional-looking. You do not have to hire a professional photographer but please don’t send in a group party picture with other people cropped out, for example.
- A list of all the courses you have taken at Holy Cross and elsewhere plus the teachers and grades in these courses, organized by semester. Indicate which professors you asked for recommendation letters. Also on this sheet report all standardized test and entrance exam scores you have taken, e.g., SAT, ACT, MCAT, DAT etc. (but not AP, SATII, IB, etc.). We will use this for advising purposes only, and not to rate you. We will not share this information with any institutions you apply to.
- An optional academic notation sheet on which you discuss any grades which you feel need to be explained. Use this to tell us about extraordinary circumstances, e.g., illness, family tragedy, etc. that impacted your ability to perform well in classes.
- A separate sheet listing your extracurricular activities in college, post-college and high school. Please organize this by labeled categories: clinical experience, research experience, volunteer work, other activities, and other professional (work) experience. Indicate the number of hours per week that you have worked or participated and if appropriate who you worked with. Provide a brief (one sentence) description of your involvement and indicate if you solicited a reference letter. For up to four of the experiences that are most meaningful to you, you may provide a short paragraph explaining why it was important to you. View an example of what we are looking for (PDF).
- A personal statement of approximately seven pages in length, double-spaced, in which you introduce yourself to the committee and explain why you are interested in a career in the health professions. Use this to reflect on the important experiences of your life so we understand why you are considering a career in a health profession at this point. You do not have to tell your whole life story. Make sure to work with your advisor on this statement.
- If needed, also supply a sheet that explains how you took a medical school requirement in a non-standard way, for example, meeting the English requirement in a non-English department course, or biochemistry by working in a lab. Use this form (DOC).
- Official copies of transcripts for courses taken away from Holy Cross that do not appear on your Holy Cross transcript. (You do not need transcripts for HECCMA or study abroad courses. If the transcript was requested to be sent to Holy Cross, it will be scanned and added to your file for you)
- A copy of your most recent unofficial Holy Cross transcript.