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 need to complete a Letter of Recommendation Forwarding Service Application to open a Letters of Recommendation File. Students must request original letters of recommendation from faculty and/or supervisors of relevant clinical, volunteer, community service, or work experience and have the reference submit them directly 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:
To set up a Letter of Recommendation File with HPAO, please complete the Forwarding Service Application. From there, either submit the application directly to the office during business hours (HSCI-164E), or by emailing us at CNSM-HealthProfAdvising@csulb.edu.
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 the 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. Several application services do not accept letters sent through our office, so be sure to understand the specific policy for your program.
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 a graduate program, complete a Letter of Recommendation Forwarding Request. Fill out the form and email it to Lyndsey.McKinley@csulb.edu, or bring it by the SAS Center and give to a staff member directly (if applicable, you must include mailing stamps, and if you wish, mailing labels, see instructions in the document). Please note that each time you need the office to send your letters, you will need to submit a new request form. Please allow up to 5 business days to complete your request.
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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