Request a Committee Letter

The COPA Committee Letter

The Committee on Prehealth Advising (COPA), made up of MIT faculty and prehealth staff, can write a committee letter to accompany your application.

Why Get a Committee Letter?

These letters strengthen your application, give a comprehensive view of you as an applicant, and highlight important material from your letters of recommendation.

Committee letters are based on:

  • An interview with members of the Committee on Prehealth Advising
  • Academic performance (transcripts and exam scores)
  • Letters of Recommendation
  • Extracurricular involvement, community service, and volunteer work
  • Exploration of medicine, dentistry or other desired health profession career

All of your letters of recommendation including your COPA letter are sent on your behalf to the schools you select.

How to Get a Committee Letter

Current MIT students, graduate students with MIT undergraduate degrees, and alumni can request a committee letter.  The date for requesting a committee letter for a fall 2021 entry to medical/health profession school was December 16, 2019 at 5pm.

Here's what to do to get a letter.

  • Meet with prehealth advising first. 
  • Make sure you meet the deadline for requesting a letter.
  • Submit the COPA letter request form to Prehealth Advising (closed as of December 16, 2019).
  • Submit a $100 annual credential service fee with your letter request form.