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Health Science Advisory Committee (HSAC)


Updated: 2/1/2017

**To reach a letters of recommendation advisor, please call our front desk: 949-824-5318.


Your Letters of Recommendation Advisor: Diana Tien-Chan

Expiration Notice:

Accounts with a HSAC paid year of 2008 expired in 2015.*

Accounts with a HSAC paid year of 2010 expired in 2015.

Accounts with a HSAC paid year of 2011 expired in 2016.

*2008 accounts expire 7 years from the HSAC “DATE PAID.”

All accounts created in and after 2010 will expire in 5 years from the “DATE PAID” indicated in your HSAC online account.

Once an account has expired, all letters are properly disposed and this process is irrevocable.  Expiring accounts are not renewable. Please read the HSAC Phase-Out Policy for more information.


The HSAC Letters of Recommendation service is phasing out.  For the most updated changes to the letter service for pre-existing accounts, please click HERE to read more.

Medical Applicants (MD and DO)

June 5, 2017 is the earliest that you can submit your AMCAS (or AACOMAS) request through HSAC.  All requests received prior to this date will be deleted.  Re-applicants, please remember to submit your updated 2018 AMCAS Letter Request Form.

ATTENTION: Pre-Existing Dental Accounts

For the 2017 (2016-2017) application cycle, we will be submitting your letters of recommendation electronically through the AADSAS site.  At this time, we have not been informed of any changes of the process for the 2018 application cycle.

Communicating with your LOR Advisor

The best form of communication with your LOR advisor is by email: hsac@darwin.bio.uci.edu.  You may also call our front desk at 949-824-5318.

Location: Biological Sciences Student Affairs Office: Biological Sciences III, 1011.

Office Closure Dates and Revised Office Hours (a LOR advisor will not be available):

  • February 20 – Presidents’ Day holiday
  • March 31 – Cesar Chavez holiday
  • May 29 –  Memorial Day
  • July 4 – Independence Day

Letters of recommendation are logged in your HSAC account the same day of arrival.

HSAC “send” requests are processed within 3-7 business days. Insufficient or incomplete requests can delay processing time.  Please read “procedures” links carefully, which can be found upon logging into your HSAC account.

For all letters of recommendation inquiries, contact us at hsac@darwin.bio.uci.edu or call 949-824-5318.  Provide your contact phone number and your FILE ID (this is not your CLIENT ID) in all email inquiries. Email is the preferred method of contact.  During the months of May – October, counselors are busy assisting students and processing HSAC requests. If you do not reach a counselor by phone, please send an email. 

HSAC Policies and FAQ:

The majority of your questions are answered in the HSAC Policies & FAQ link or individual procedures links (AMCAS Procedures, AADSAS Procedures, etc.), available after you log in.  Once logged in, click on the link for your specific program for detailed instructions on how to proceed and have your letters sent out.

The Waiver Form must be given to all letter writers.  Use your FILE ID (not CLIENT ID).