Applying with Our Office

2024 Cycle Application Process & Timeline

For the 2024 application cycle (applicants seeking to matriculate into medical/dental schools in fall 2024), our office will offer health professions candidates a Letter Packet, which includes an individualized, non-evaluative cover letter written by our advisors. This cover letter will highlight specific strengths and particular assets of each applicant's candidacy.

Application Orientation

The 2024 Cycle Application Orientation will take place on Wednesday, January 25, 2023 at 6:00 p.m. in Webex. The office requires that any student who is considering applying attend this orientation (or view the recording) to become acquainted with the process and ask our team any questions that you may have.

Recording and slides here

Application Process

To receive a letter packet from our office, prospective applicants will need to:

Letter Packet Process Flowchart

  1. Attend our 2024 Cycle Application Orientation.
    The orientation will take place on Wednesday, January 25, 2023 at 6:00 p.m. on WebEx. For those unable to attend, the recording will be available on the Workshops page of our website.
  2. Submit a Health Professions Applicant Portfolio in the Quest Portal.
    The portfolio application will open on Wednesday, February 1, 2023.
  3. Participate in a 45-minute Applicant Coaching Session
    Applicant Coaching Sessions will be scheduled starting Wednesday, February 1, 2023. They will be scheduled on a rolling basis, once the applicant has submitted their completed portfolio. We encourage you to be thoughtful when completing your portfolio responses and submit early in the spring so that we can schedule your coaching session before application systems open in May.
  4. Collect all individual letters of recommendation through the Health Professions Letter Packet in the Quest Portal. The letter packet application will open for letter collection on Wednesday, February 1, 2023.
    Applicants are expected to submit the letter packet application in the Quest Portal once all individual letters have been received.

Letter Packets will be submitted on a rolling basis based on when applicants submit their complete set of individual letters to the office.
We strongly encourage all dental applicants to submit their materials by May 1, 2023, due to the quick turnaround time with formal dental applications.

To read more about our office's processes, what is expected of applicants, and why we follow this model, we ask that all applicants review the information on this document:

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Application Timeline

January 25, 2023: 2024 Cycle Application Orientation (link here)

February 1, 2023: Health Professions Applicant Portfolio (HPAP) and Health Professions Letter Packet (HPLP) applications open for submission in the Quest Portal

February 1, 2023: Applicant Coaching Session scheduling begins for applicants who have submitted their HPAP

February/March/April 2023: Begin asking for and requesting letters of recommendation through the HPLP in the Quest Portal.
This process can be initiated before applicants have completed their coaching session, so we encourage applicants to ask their recommenders as soon as they have solidified their intended letter line up.

May 1, 2023: Strongly suggested deadline for all applicants to submit their HPAP
For dental applicants specifically, our office suggests this as the deadline for all application materials to be received by our office. Given how quickly the dental admissions processes progress, Dr. Thomas Abbott [pre-dental advisor] encourages dental applicants to have their materials to us no later than May 1.
For medical applicants, this deadline is encouraged for HPAP submission because formal applications open in early May. We want our applicants to be ready to work on those applications only at that point, using the HPAP questions and Applicant Coaching Session feedback as ways to prepare responses for the primary applications.

Early May 2023: Formal medical and dental applications (AMCAS, AACOMAS, AADSAS) open
For specific dates regarding when certain applications open, please look at our primary applications page.

August 1, 2023: HPAP + HPLP submission deadline for Letter Packets with an individualized cover letter
After this date, our office will not offer personalized cover letters to any applicant seeking a Letter Packet.

August 1, 2023: Strongly suggested deadline for applicants to have all of their formal application components [primary application, secondary application, standardized test scores, Letter Packet] submitted to application systems (e.g., AMCAS, AACOMAS)
Due to the nature of rolling admissions for health professional school applications, the earlier applicants complete their applications, the better. Our office encourages all applicants to have their materials submitted no later than August to ensure the strongest chances of acceptance.

October 1, 2023: Final submission deadline for applicants to submit their HPLP and request a Letter Packet (without an individualized cover letter) from our office via the Quest Portal
After this date, our office will not offer Letter Packets for any applicants.
Note: Applicants can still request individual letters through the application systems (e.g., AMCAS, AACOMAS) after this date—this is done directly with individual letter writers, not with the help of our office.


Reporting Requirements

Please know while we will make every effort to review submissions as soon as possible, the materials you submit may not be reviewed immediately upon receipt. Please note that all University employees are mandated reporters of child abuse or child neglect. In addition, UConn employees have responsibilities to report to the Office of Institutional Equity student disclosures of sexual assault and related interpersonal violence; any information you submit on your applicant portal or composite updates forms is subject to UConn reporting policies. If you feel you need more immediate assistance or support, we encourage you to reach out to the Dean of Students Office and/or Student Health and Wellness - Mental Health. In addition, if you have concerns related to sexual harassment, sexual assault, intimate partner violence and/or stalking, we encourage you to review the resources and reporting options available at: