Open File Information for Pre-Health Professions Applicants

Making the decision to begin the application process to graduate schools of health professions is only the beginning. It is important that students considering allopathic and osteopathic medical school, dental, veterinary, optometry, and podiatry schools take the time to assess their personal goals and understand their motivation to apply. As a student, you want to apply when you are the strongest, most competitive applicant. Once you have assessed yourself and decided to apply, it will be important to devote the proper time and energy into the application process. The Office of Academic Advising is dedicated to helping you through this process.

Health Professions Advising Committee (HPAC)

The Health Professions Advising Committee’s (HPAC) role is to write formal committee letters of evaluation for students applying to graduate schools of health professions. This in-depth, personalized letter of evaluation accompanies individual letters of support (requested by the student) to form a Committee packet. Ultimately, the OAA and HPAC aim to create a letter that best represents a student’s candidacy for admission. Admission committees value these letters because they provide an integrated and institutional perspective on an applicant’s readiness for graduate study and a future career in the health professions.

Open File Information Sessions

As part of the process to create these letters and help applicants produce stronger applications, the HPAC requires students applying to graduate schools of health professions to participate in the “Open File” process. This process includes providing the Committee with relevant information, including a high school activities paragraph, curriculum vitae, draft personal statement, and answers to a variety of informational interview questions. This information is then used to craft a committee letter of evaluation.

As part of the Open File process, the OAA also manages the receipt of all individual letters of support and ultimately submits a full Committee packet directly to the various health professions application services to accompany each student’s application.

Open File Information Sessions are intended for all students who plan to apply to graduate schools of health professions for matriculation in Fall 2022. In each session, we will address important details about the application process, including deadlines and advice for submitting the strongest possible application. Save-the-date for this year’s upcoming sessions. You only need to attend one session!

  • Open File Information Sessions in November 2020 will be posted soon!

Applicants for Fall 2022 Admission

If you have questions about registration or need any assistance with the Open File process, please email

Below is the timeline for the 2020-2021 Open File process and health professions application cycle for Fall 2022 matriculation. (Click here to download this timeline as a PDF.)

Open File 2022 Timeline

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