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Committee Letter and Forms

If a Students expects a Committee Letter to be written, a copy of completed application must be handed in to HPAS Office on Thursday, September 3 at 4:00pm.

Committee Letters for 2015 are written before September 7, 2015 by:

  • Valli Cook, MBA, MSEd
  • Mika Vesanen, PhD

If a student has not met with an Advisor of the HPAS Office at least once before February 1 during the year planned to file an application, no Committee Letter can be written for the Student. 

However, students are still encouraged to meet with an Advisor for assistance on filing the application.

The HPAS office may be asked to write a committee letter for the health professional schools listed below.

The Committee Letter is written when a student has complied with the following:

  • Established an office file which documents meetings and discussions;
  • Submit an autobiography as outlined in the form below;
  • Letters from faculty, mentors, employers, and/or volunteer representative are on file;
  • Submit a copy of the completed application for each institution applying

The Committee Letter includes personal information about the student, comments from faculty and mentors, and the student's expressed level of commitment of interest in the profession in which she/he is applying.


Time Line for Committee Letter                      

  • Letters in file before May of year applying
  • Application completed by June – July of year applying
  • Optometry students usually file application by September
  • Copy of completed application submitted to HPAS Office
  • 2+ weeks needed to write and mail letter to institutions once all steps have been followed.




Students should meet with an HPAS Advisor a minimum of two times before submitting an autobiography. Submitting an autobiography with no previous meeting will delay the writing of your Committee Letter. 

Please Note: Adobe Acrobat Reader is required to view these forms, which can be downloaded free from Adobe's site.


 Office Information

Fall & Spring: (M-F) 9 am-4:30 pm
Summer: (M-Th): 9 am-4:30 pm
Science Building, Room B338
Phone: 718-997-3470

Director and Chair: Valli Cook
Pre Health Advisor: Mika Vesanen
Office Assistant: Helen Wonahuadam
Office Assistant: Xiomara Guzmanacha

Students should meet with a Health Professions advisor at least once each semester.


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