How It Works

HPA acts as an intermediary in the recommendation process to help you gather, organize, and send letters to your chosen programs. Here is how it works:

Your file can be set up as early as January 15th of each application year. Our office recommends setting up your file by mid–April at the latest to give your recommenders at least one to two months to submit your letter of recommendation.

What we send to schools

Who can use our service

The 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.

If you are enrolled in Northwestern’s School of Professional Studies or The Graduate School, please see our Terms of Use for more information about alternative letter service options.

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