Are letter of recommendation forms needed?
Most programs do not require a specific recommendation form or format. A free-form letter is typically all that is required. There are several departments, however, that do require submission of a recommendation form. Check your program of interest's application requirements
It is preferable for letters of recommendation to be submitted via the online application system. (To apply online, click here
.) If you are applying online, the authors of your letters of recommendation can receive an email instructing them how to use the online recommendation system, if you designate them as online recommenders. All letters submitted online will be delivered to our office and placed in your application file.
Letters of recommendation that are submitted offline (i.e., by regular mail, fax, hand-delivered) should be in a signed and sealed envelope from the author. It is preferred that letters received offline are included in the self-completed application packet.
Letters should comment on the applicant's past academic record and potential for future success. Ideally letters will be written by professors who have had you in class. In cases where that becomes impractical, letters from employers and character references can suffice. Every effort should be made to have a minimum of one letter from a former professor.
All applicants applying for financial aid through the Graduate School must submit three letters of recommendation.