Submitting Letters of Recommendation to the Preprofessional Advising Office

UPDATE: In light of the disruptions to people’s lives caused by the COVD-19 pandemic, we are extending the deadline for letters of recommendation to June 15, 2020 11:59PM EST. It is your responsibility to confirm that we have received all of your letters before you request that we submit your Letter Packet. You may check on your letters by emailing us at

Letters of recommendation must be received by the Preprofessional Advising Office no later than June 1, 2020 11:59pm EST to be included in a Letter Packet for the 2021 application cycle.

Letters of recommendation must be written on letterhead stationery, must include a signature, and must be accompanied by the Preprofessional Advising Office’s Letter of Recommendation Waiver Form. Recommendation Waiver Forms should be given to each of your recommenders and submitted by them to the Preprofessional Advising Office.  We strongly encourage recommenders to submit their letters and the waiver form electronically as PDFs to  Alternatively, physical copies of recommendations may be mailed to:

Boston University
Preprofessional Advising Office
100 Bay State Road, Room 428
Boston, MA 02215

Under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974, Boston University students are entitled access to letters of recommendation contained in their permanent educational records at Boston University.  However, a student may waive this right of access to letters of recommendation.  If this right of access is waived, letters of recommendation will be considered confidential and will not be available to the student.  Schools generally prefer to receive letters for which applicants have waived their right of access.  If you have questions about the waiver, please schedule an appointment with a prehealth advisor.

You are responsible for determining that your letters of recommendation are received by the Preprofessional Advising Office’s June 1, 2020 deadline.  In some cases, you may need to apply tact and diplomacy to remind your recommenders to submit their letters.  You may call the Preprofessional Advising Office at 617-353-4866 to determine whether we have received your letters.

The Preprofessional Advising Office does not accept letters of recommendation and Letter of Recommendation Waiver Forms that are hand-delivered or emailed to us by applicants.  The Preprofessional Advising Office submits Letter Packets only to certain central application services and health-related scholarship programs.  The Preprofessional Advising Office does not submit letters of recommendation to other programs or to anyone else for other purposes, including master of medical science and other graduate programs, job applications, and internship programs.