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 timeframe for requesting a committee letter for a fall 2022 entry to medical/health profession school is February 8 to February 12, 2021. The deadline is February 12 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. (This form will automatically direct you to the payment form.)
- Submit a $100 annual credential service fee with your letter request form.