Recommendation File Service (RFS)
Thank you for your interest in our Letters of Recommendation Service!
The Service We Provide:
The Recommendation File Services office acts as an intermediary in the recommendation letter process. We receive letters and evaluations from recommenders and submit them to health professions programs at the student’s request.
Who Can Use Our Service:
Our Letters of Recommendation File Service is available to all Northwestern undergraduates and recent Northwestern undergraduate alumni (within five years of graduation) interested in applying to medical, dental and post-baccalaureate premedical programs. Students enrolled in the School of Continuing Studies who have not already obtained an undergraduate degree from Northwestern University should contact University Career Services.
How Much It Costs:
A one-time, $35 service fee is required for every recommendation file that is opened. Upon payment a student can apply to any number of medical schools during the current and/or future application cycles for up to five (5) years from the date the file is opened with no extra fees incurred (special delivery fees may apply, see fees page for more information).
What Your Final Letter Packet Will Include:
1. A cover page signed by a UAAC Health Professions Adviser verifying the authenticity of the letter packet’s contents.
2. A compilation of evaluation scores submitted by each recommender.
3. A copy of each letter of recommendation.
How To Get Started:
Thoroughly review the following links to help you understand how the Letters of Recommendation File Services can meet your needs for the upcoming medical school application cycle. Please note: the Rec-file Office does not begin accepting Set-Up Forms for the next medical school application cycle (Spring of 2014 for Fall Entering Class of 2015) until January 1. The Rec-File Office is still accepting Set-Up Forms for the upcoming post-baccalaureate application cycle (Winter/Spring 2014 for Fall Entering Class of 2014).
- RFS Overview
- Getting Started
- Setting Up Your File
- Re-Application Information
- Instructions for Listing the Letter Packet on Your Application
- Process for Sending the Letter Packet
- Frequently Asked Questions
More questions? Contact us:
Recommendation File Services Coordinator
Premed/Prehealth Administrative Assistant
Office hours: Monday- Friday, 9:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m.