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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

Current students may read more about the Composite Letter and gaining access to the application through our Composite Letter SharePoint site.  Alumni with questions about the process may email prehealth@emory.edu.

Composite Letter Info Session (CL 101)

Students/alumni planning to apply for a Composite Letter in the Spring 2022 semester must attend a Composite Letter Info Session in Fall 2021 in order to receive access to the application. Click below to access the Composite Letter Info Session recording. Current students are strongly encouraged to visit the Composite Letter Corner for supplemental materials related to the CL101 session.  Class of 2020 and 2021 alumni may contact phaletters@emory.edu for a copy of these materials.

Alumni Policy

[Updated Spring 2022]

The 2022 application cycle (for those applying in 2022 for matriculation in 2023) is the last year in which alumni of Emory University’s undergraduate colleges (College of Arts and Sciences, Business or Nursing) are eligible to apply for a Composite Letter.  To meet eligibility requirements, alumni must be within two years of graduation and have completed the Group Mandatory Check-Up and 1-1 Follow-Up prior to submitting a Composite Letter application.

Starting 2023 (2024 matriculation), alumni will no longer be eligible to apply for a Composite Letter.  Students must apply for a Composite Letter in either their junior or senior year.

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

Alumni within 3 years of graduation with an existing Composite Letter on file with PHA may elect to have their Composite Letter delivered to health professional programs or Centralized Application Services by submitting a request through the PHA LOR Hub. The LOR Hub application is typically open from May 1 to August 1 each year. To add yourself to our contact list, please fill out our form here. We will send news and information about the LOR Hub application in the year that you intend to apply to programs.

Alumni past 3 years of graduation with an existing Composite Letter and/or recommendation letters may elect to have their letters delivered to Interfolio, an online dossier service.  Read more about transferring letters to Interfolio here.

Alumni Chart

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.

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.

For more, current students can visit the PHA SharePoint. Alumni may email phaletters@emory.edu

Reapplicants and the Composite Letter

Alumni who applied to a healthcare professional program in the past using a Composite Letter and are reapplying to the same type of program may apply to health professional schools with their previous Composite Letter and are highly encouraged to receive additional new letters from recommenders who can speak to the new experiences gained since the Composite Letter was written.

Those applying with a previous Composite Letter may apply for the PHA LOR Hub, which opens in early May, to request delivery of a previous Composite Letter. Click here to join the 2022 PHA LOR Hub contact list.

Seniors (graduating Fall 2021-Summer 2022) who are reapplying 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 Senior CL Update is not appropriate. Click here to add yourself to the 2022 Senior CL Update contact list.

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 2023, they will apply to programs in the Summer of 2022, and apply for a Composite Letter in the Fall of 2021.

Starting Fall 2022, alumni will no longer be eligible to apply for a Composite Letter but may still apply to health professional schools with individual letters of recommendation. Students must apply for a Composite Letter in their junior or senior year.

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 maintain eligibility 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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