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 dental schools. Since more than one school will review your letter, please do not address a specific dental school in your letter.

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.

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.