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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, if available)
  • Student Activities List
  • Student Short Essays and Personal Statement
  • 3-4 Letters of Recommendation
  • Composite Letter Interview

Composite Letter Info Session (CL 101)

PHA offers a series of information sessions each Fall semester for students who plan to apply for a Composite Letter in the following Spring term. Students/alumni planning to apply for a Composite Letter in the Spring 2021 semester must attend a Composite Letter Info Session in Fall 2020 in order to receive access to the application. Check back in August 2020 to sign-up for one of the Fall 2020 sessions.

Alumni Policy

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.

Composite Letter Process

To be eligible to apply for a Composite Letter, all individuals must complete three required meetings: the Group Mandatory Check-Up, 1:1 Follow-Up, and Composite Letter Info Session.

The Group Mandatory Check-Up and 1:1 Follow-Up meetings are meant to be completed in the Sophomore year. Students/alumni 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. 

Requests to complete these meetings after Sophomore year are considered on a case-by-case basis.

If approved to complete the Group Mandatory Check-Up and 1:1 Follow-Up after Sophomore year, students/alumni must complete both meetings by November 1 of the academic year in which they plan to apply for a Composite Letter (for example, if a student/alum plans to apply for a Composite Letter in the 2020-2021 academic year, the deadline to complete the Group Mandatory Check-Up and 1:1 Follow-Up is November 1, 2020.) No exceptions. 

Students/alumni who are unsure if they completed the Group Mandatory Check-Up or 1:1 Follow-Up should contact phaletters@emory.edu to confirm.

All eligible students/alumni will need to attend a Composite Letter Info Session (CL 101) in the Fall semester of the academic year in which they plan to apply for a Composite Letter. 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 Session will be given access to the Composite Letter application.

The CL 101 Self-Assessment must be completed by December 1 of the academic year in which a student/alum plans to apply for a Composite Letter (for example, if a student/alum plans to apply for a Composite Letter in the 2020-2021 academic year, they must complete the CL 101 Self-Assessment by December 1, 2020)No exceptions.

Composite Letter Updates

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.

Alumni are eligible to apply for a Composit Letter Update up to 2 years after 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 regular Composite Letter application deadlines.

The Composite Letter Update application is typically made available in mid-Spring semester (March-April). To add yourself to the mailing list regarding 2020 Composite Letter Updates, please complete this contact form.

Read the Composite Letter Update policy.

Emory's Continuing Writing Requirement

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 begin the process of applying for a Composite Letter during the Fall semester preceding the summer in which they plan to apply for healthcare professional programs. For example, if a student plans to begin health professional school in the Fall of 2021, they will apply to programs in the Summer of 2020, and apply for a Composite Letter in the Fall of 2019. 

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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