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Domestic Applicant FAQs: Letters of Recommendation

How many letters of reference do I need and how should they be sent?

Most graduate programs require three letters of reference. Check with your proposed program of study office regarding the number required. Your recommenders will be required to submit letters or reference using the online recommendation system.

My recommender is having trouble submitting his/her reference letter; what can be done?

The reference letter can also be emailed directly to your proposed program of study office.

I need to update or change my list of recommenders; how can I do this?

You will need to contact your proposed program of study and provide them with the updated information. If a new recommender has been added to your list, log back in to your application, click on the Recommenders section, and send a reminder email to the new recommender; this will give him/her access to submit his/her reference letter for you.

Not all my recommenders have submitted their letters; do I have to wait to submit my application?

No; please submit your application when you are ready. The letters of recommendation can be uploaded after you have submitted your application. Please note that the online checklist may not accurately reflect whether the recommendation has been received if your recommenders chose to email their letters instead of using the online system; if you have questions about the receipt of the letters, please contact your proposed program of study.