Request a COPA 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 to medical school.

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, through shadowing or other activities

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

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 2023 entry to medical/health profession school is February 8 to February 12, 2022. The deadline is February 11 at 5pm.

Here’s what to do to get a letter.