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). Please note this office does not subscribe to VirtualEvals.
The intent is to streamline the application process by:
Please note that during the period of October 2015-February 2016, HPAO services will be limited.
If you would like to set up a file through 9/23/15, please stop by our office. Otherwise, we are not accepting new applications until February 2016. If you have not established a Letter Forwarding file before the stated date, we recommend that you follow the instructions in your specific application service’s instruction manual, and have each author of your recommendation letters uploaded accordingly.
If you currently have a letter file set up with our office, 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. Double check with your application service if they need the letters directly sent from the letter writer, or if through the HPAO will suffice.
If you currently have a letter file set up with our office, and you are ready to have us send the letters to professional schools, central application services, or graduate program, complete a Letter of Recommendation Forwarding Request*. Fill out the form and email it to Maya.Bell@csulb.edu, or bring it by the SAS Center and give to Maya directly. 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, see instructions in the document).
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:
*If you are having trouble with either of the online fillable forms they are only available for use in Internet Explorer. For all other browsers, please save the form and open using Adobe Reader for maximum compatibility. Need Adobe Reader? Get it safe and free here!