Evaluators’ Guide to Letters of Recommendation

Thank you for agreeing to provide an evaluation for an applicant to the Doctor of Pharmacy professional program at University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy! The below suggestions are optional, and are designed to give you an idea of what our Admissions Committee looks for in evaluations. Your evaluation is one of 3 required of applicants, so don’t feel you need to answer all questions or know everything about the applicant. The committee appreciates multiple perspectives.

Content Suggestions

  • Briefly explain how you know the applicant, and how well you know the applicant

  • It is unnecessary to provide a lot of detail about a specific lab, course, job, or institution - rather, please focus on the applicant: their skills, abilities, performance, and characteristics

Technical Suggestions

  • Letters are typically about one page long

  • Do not specify the name of the program - the same letter is provided to multiple schools to which the applicant is applying

  • If you taught the applicant, select the course(s)

  • Be careful to select the right overall recommendation

  • Upload a letter! The PharmCAS evaluation questions are somewhat helpful, but do not provide you a platform to share your unique knowledge of and experience with the applicant

    • If possible, provide a letter on the official letterhead of your college/university/company

    • Address the letter to the “Admissions Committee”