Cornell University

Health Careers Evaluation Committee (HCEC)

The HCEC serves Cornellians who apply to health professional schools and who request a university letter of evaluation. The letter of evaluationwhich is not a letter of recommendationis a comprehensive written review of the applicant’s candidacy for the health career of his or her choice. The HCEC prepares the letter of evaluation and appends the applicant’s letters of recommendation to it. The HCEC serves applicants to schools of allopathic and osteopathic medicine, dentistry, optometry, and podiatry.

The complete HCEC Letter includes: 

  • The Letter of Evaluation composed by the HCEC 
  • 2-3 Letters of Recommendation 

Medical school applicants who elect not to use HCEC’s service may request a “non-registrant letter” from the HCEC.

The 2017 HCEC cycle, for medical school matriculation in 2018, is now closed. If you have questions, please email

Alumni Registrants (including January 2018 graduates): The 2018 HCEC cycle opens on December 1, 2017, and you will find the link to register on this page.

Undergraduate Registrants: Pre-Registration is required, and opens on October 2, 2017. Please visit the Health Careers Advising Pre-Registration page for important information.

Learn the essential information about the HCEC process by reviewing the HCEC Process Overview page. You may return to the Process Overview page at any time for access to HCEC Forms and other relevant information.