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Composite Letter


A Composite Letter is a summative and evaluative review of an Emory undergraduate student's experiences, including academic and extracurricular experiences.

As a snapshot of the undergraduate experience, the Composite Letter places Emory students in context with their peers. The Composite Letter is a component of the application process for students applying to medical, dental, optometry, or podiatry school.

The Composite Letter Writer compiles information from the following sources to create the entire Composite Letter (Any information provided in the sources listed below may be used in the Composite Letter):

  • Student application (includes transcripts and test scores)
  • Student Activities List
  • Student Short Essays and Personal Statement
  • 3-4 Letters of Recommendation
  • Composite Letter Interview

Alumni of Emory University’s undergraduate colleges (College of Arts and Sciences, Business or Nursing) are eligible to apply for a Composite Letter up to two years post-graduation.

Current Emory graduate students who did not receive an undergraduate degree from Emory are not eligible for a Composite Letter.

Read the Composite Letter Alumni Policy.

To be eligible to apply for a Composite Letter, all individuals must complete two required meetings: the Group Mandatory Check-Up and the 1:1 Follow-Up. These meetings are meant to be completed in the Sophomore year. Students who did not complete these meetings in their Sophomore year should contact their advisor as soon as possible to discuss their options for applying for a Composite Letter.

If you are unsure if you've completed the Group Mandatory Check-Up or 1:1 Follow-Up, please contact PHA and a staff member will check for you. The deadline to complete a Group Mandatory Check-Up and 1:1 Follow-Up is November 1, 2018 in order to apply for a 2019 Composite Letter - no exceptions.

All eligible students/alumni will need to attend a CL 101 Info Session in the Fall of 2019 in order to gain access to the Composite Letter application.  Alumni and students studying abroad during the Fall may contact their advisor to receive instructions on attending a virtual CL 101 Info Session. All students and alumni who complete the self-assessment from the CL 101 Info Session will be given access to the Composite Letter Canvas course. All application materials will be housed in Canvas. Students and alumni may begin working on the application as soon as they have access to Canvas. Alumni will be granted a sponsored account in order to log into Canvas.

2019 Composite Letter Application Materials

A complete Composite Letter Application will consist of:

  • Completed 2019 Composite Letter Application Form
  • Completed 2019 Activities Log
  • Completed 2019 Essays
  • Signed 2019 Composite Letter Consent and Waiver Form
  • Unofficial Transcript(s) of college-level coursework taken at any institution outside of Emory
  • Applicant's headshot

All items must be submitted in Canvas by 11:59pm on January 15, 2019.

Additional steps in the Composite Letter process will be due throughout the Spring 2019 semester. Additional information will be posted in Canvas.

Individuals who applied to a healthcare professional program in the past using a Composite Letter and are reapplying to the same type of program may request to add updates to their original Composite Letter. This request is ONLY for individuals who are reapplying to the same type of program for which the original Composite Letter was written (e.g. Medical or Dental). If you are changing career paths, a Composite Letter Update is not appropriate.

If you are already an alumnus, you are eligible for an Update up to 2 years after your graduation.

If you applied for a Composite Letter during a previous cycle, but did not apply to a professional program (medical, dental, etc.), then you are not eligible for a Composite Letter Update. You will need to apply for a new Composite Letter and must adhere to all Composite Letter application deadlines.

The 2019 Composite Letter Update application and instructions will be posted here in Spring 2019. To add yourself to the mailing list regarding 2019 Composite Letter Updates, please complete this contact form.

You will be asked to upload a current resume, updated personal statement, transcript(s) and consent form.

Emory's Writing Intensive requirements (CWRT) will fulfill many health professional schools' English requirements, as long as the courses are taken in the English language. Pre-Health Advising can send a letter describing Emory's CWRT policy to any health professional school that requests it. See here for further information.

If a school you are applying to requests a letter from Emory explaining this policy, please complete and submit this form

Frequently Asked Questions

Who should apply for a Composite Letter?

Students planning to apply to medical, dental, optometry, or podiatry school school should apply for a Composite Letter. This service is provided to current Emory undergraduates (juniors and seniors) and Emory alumni who have graduated within two years.

Are Composite Letters required?

Composite Letters are typically not required by individual medical, dental, optometry, or podiatry schools, however they are held in high esteem by admission boards.

When should I apply for a Composite Letter?

Students will apply for a Composite Letter during the Fall semester preceding the summer in which they plan to apply. For example, if a student plans to begin health professional school in the Fall of 2020, they will apply to programs in the Summer of 2019, and apply for a Composite Letter in the Fall of 2018. 

What requirements do I need to fulfill in order to be eligible to apply for a Composite Letter?

Students must attend a Group Mandatory Check-Up and the corresponding 1:1 Follow-Up in their Sophomore year in order to be eligible to apply for a Composite Letter. We encourage all students who are considering careers in medicine, dentistry, optometry, or podiatry to complete the required meetings in their Sophomore year, even if they have not made a final decision on their career path. Students who did not complete the Group Mandatory Check-Up and 1:1 Follow-Up in their Sophomore year, should contact Pre-Health Advising to discuss their options.

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