Guidelines for Writing a Letter of Recommendation / Evaluation for a Dental School Applicant

Letters of recommendation/evaluation are a critical component of the dental school application and are highly valued by medical schools. Since more than one school will review your letter, please do not address a specific dental school in your letter. Please address the letter “Dear Admissions Committee.”

While dental schools cannot require applicants to waive their right to see a letter of recommendation/evaluation, they are clear that they prefer these letters are confidential as they believe evaluators will be more candid. For this reason, we ask that you do not have applicants write their own letters. You can, of course, request any information you like, including resume, personal statement, and/or autobiographical questions, to assist in your evaluation/recommendation.

Letters should be sent to our office and must be on letterhead with the date and your signature. Please email a pdf of your letter to healthpr@mail.sdsu.edu. If you prefer to bring your letter to our office, please seal the envelope and sign your name across the seal. It is preferable not to send the letter via USPS as these letters are often delayed and sometimes lost.

Students may also request these letters in application to other formal programs, e.g., graduate or post-baccalaureate programs, or for scholarships. Please let us know if you do not wish your letter be submitted for other than application to dental school.