Prehealth Committee Policies

The Prehealth Committee at UB assists students with putting together a comprehensive packet of letters of reference for admission to the professional health schools of medicine, dentistry, optometry, and podiatry. We do not provide packets for application to graduate PA programs, veterinary, or chiropractic, as Committee letters are generally not used for these purposes.

The Committee packet (Committee letter and all supporting letters) may *only* be used to apply to the professional health schools noted above as well as post-baccalaureate programs and specific health professions scholarship programs. The Committee packet and/or supporting letters may not be used for research programs, internships, employment positions, etc. Supporting letters cannot be sent to a professional health school by the Prehealth Committee or Prehealth Advising without a Prehealth Committee letter. You may wish to consider securing more general letters of reference (in the event you change your career aspirations or discover you are not competitive for admission) and have these forwarded to a system called Interfolio, which is advocated by UB’s Career Design Center.

*SUNY Upstate Medical School Early Assurance candidates should apply to the Prehealth Committee for our spring cycle – deadline March 10. Students are encouraged to speak with a prehealth advisor regarding which deadline (March 10 or September 1) would be most appropriate for them.

You are best advised to learn about the Committee early in your preparation and complete the Committee process while considering two important factors: the overall timeline of professional school admissions and when you are most competitive.

All prerequisite BCPM courses must be completed or in progress at the time of your application.

The Prehealth Committee at the University at Buffalo reserves the right to decline a candidate’s application to the Committee by any student whose overall and science grade point average is less than a 3.5 at the time of the request. It is the Committee’s experience that applicants with academic profiles below this minimum are not competitive for several professional health schools.