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Letter of Recommendation Forwarding Service

The HPAO allows CSULB students and recent alumni to store their letters of recommendation for their professional and graduate school application in our office. Future professional and graduate school applicants will complete a Letter of Recommendation Forwarding Service Application to open a Letters of Recommendation File. Students must obtain original letters of recommendation from faculty and/or supervisors of relevant clinical, volunteer, community service, or work experience and submit them to the HPAO. All letters will be kept on file until the student requests that they be forward to professional schools, central application services, or graduate programs (letters will be held for one year unless the student extends the time).

Benefit to Students

The intent is to streamline the application process by:

  1. Obtaining one letter from each recommender, which can then be photocopied and sent to multiple programs or uploading a letter packet (includes multiple letters) to a central application service (e.g. AMCAS or AADSAS)
  2. Allowing students to obtain letters in advance of the application (while the student is "fresh" in the recommender's mind)
  3. Ensuring that letters arrive together as a package, and
  4. Securing, if designated by the student, a confidential reference file


Letter of Recomendation Forwarding Service Instructions

Step 1: Forwarding Service Application

Complete a Letter of Recommendation Forwarding Service Application*. Print the form or fill it out online, then drop off the completed, signed form at the Health Professions Advising Office. We will also take scanned applications emailed to Lyndsey, however, you must either have signed the form by hand or electronically.

Step 2: Letters of Recommendation

Ask for letters of recommendation and submit letters to the HPAO. The form Writing and Submitting Letters of Recommendation should be given to all recommenders (e.g. faculty/supervisor) for guidance on how to compose a recommendation letter and how to send their letter to the HPAO.

Step 3: Forwarding Request

When you are ready to have us send the letters to professional schools, central application services, or graduate programs, complete a Letter of Recommendation Forwarding Request*. Fill out the form and give to the Health Professions Advisor. You can either fill it out and email to the HPAO, or print it out and submit it to HPAO (if applicable, you must include mailing stamps, and if you wish, mailing labels).

Step 4: Further Instructions for AMCAS /AACOMAS/ AADSAS

Are you applying to Allopathic (MD) Medicals Schools through the American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS), or Osteopathic (DO) schools through the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOMAS), or Dental Schools through the Associated American Dental Schools Application Service (AADSAS)? If so, please see further instructions below:


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