Cornell University

Health Careers Evaluation Committee (HCEC)

The HCEC serves Cornell juniors, seniors, and alumni 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 letter may only be used in support of applications to four-year degree granting programs in the human health professions, in schools of allopathic and osteopathic medicine, dentistry, optometry, and podiatry. The HCEC letter may not be used to apply for post-baccalaureate or master's degree programs.

The complete HCEC Letter includes: 

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

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

Before beginning the HCEC registration, 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.

Register for the 2020 HCEC Cycle

Undergraduate Registrants for 2020 cycle please note: Pre-Registration is required.
Visit the Health Careers Advising Pre-Registration page for important information.