The pre-health application process, known as the HPEC process at UMBC, precedes the centralized application service process or common application process (AMCAS, AACOMAS, or AADSAS). The underlying purpose of the HPEC process is to replicate the common application process and to prepare students in-advance for the centralized application process. The centralized application process becomes less overwhelming when applicants prepare their documents in advance. The core HPEC processes occur during the Spring semester and assist students in getting ready for the summer launches of the common application services (AMCAS, AACOMAS, AADSAS) which occur in June. Specifically, the HPEC process involves collecting information about each applicant and the applicant’s experiences in the following dimensions: Academics, Research, Clinical Exposure, Community Service, and Leadership/Extracurricular Involvement. The pre-application or HPEC process also involves collecting letters of recommendation from each applicant at the end of the Spring semester, and providing a credentialing service for cohort members for when they apply to the centralized application services. After collecting all of the pre-application related information on each applicant, the members of the Health Professions Evaluation Committee evaluate the competitiveness of each applicant, in accordance to the holistic review principles and competencies valued by both medical and dental professional schools.