Letters of Recommendation

Mayo Clinic School of Medicine requires three valid letters of recommendation or a composite letter from a premedical committee. A letter is considered valid only if it is on official letterhead and contains the handwritten signature of the letter writer.

Mayo Clinic School of Medicine only accepts recommendation letters submitted through the American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS) Letter Service. Letters sent directly to the school are not accepted. Applicants are encouraged to visit the letter service page on the AMCAS website for more information. To ensure efficient processing of your letters by AMCAS, carefully follow all instructions.

Your recommendations should be written by people who know you well and whose opinions have bearing on the likelihood of your success in medical school. At least one of the recommendations should be from a member of the science faculty. A letter from a teaching assistant is acceptable. A maximum of 10 letters are accepted.

If invited to complete a secondary application, the review of your application file will continue upon receipt of the secondary application, secondary fee and all designated letters of recommendation.

The deadline for receipt of letters of recommendation is Nov. 15, and no extensions are given. Mayo Clinic School of Medicine operates on a rolling admissions policy, so it is advantageous to submit your letters of recommendation as soon as possible.

Invitations to attend on-campus interviews are sent beginning in August, with interviews completed by mid-December. It is important to keep all contact information current with AMCAS.

June 15, 2017