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Letters of Recommendation Process

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Our online application allows you to identify your recommenders. Then, the system emails your recommenders with access information. Please note:

  • When recommenders submit their letters of recommendation, they are automatically attached to your application.
  • You can see the status letters of recommendation submitted both within your application or from your Application Status Portal. 

The online system also incorporates a recommendation form with a rating section that allows your provider to provide a quantitative rating for you (relative to others who have gone to Graduate School in recent years) in three categories - Academic Performance, Intellectual Potential, and Motivation for the Proposed Program of Study.

The number of letters required varies by application type.

  • For degree programs, three letters of recommendation are required
  • For non-degree programs, two letters of recommendation are required.

All letters however will be attached to your application and will be seen by faculty reviewing your application.

Unfortunately, no. We will only accept letters submitted online.

If your recommender is only willing to provide a paper letter, you may want to consider a different recommender as paper letters will not be considered. 

Yes. From your Application Status Portal, you will be able to remind or edit your recommenders.

Unfortunately, no. You will have to identify your recommenders again in your current year application. Your recommenders will have to submit recommendations again.

Yes, you may “Exclude” a recommender from your Application Status Portal. 

The Yale Office of Admissions does not accept letters of recommendation from credential management and dossier services unless the service has the ability to upload a letter directly into our online recommendation system. Please check with your service to see if they have that ability.

Since all applications are reviewed by the faculty online, paper based letters cannot be accommodated.

Additionally, an important part of your letter of recommendation is a quantitative rating for Academic Performance, Intellectual Potential and Motivation for the Proposed Program of Study, that recommenders are asked to provide for you relative to other students who have gone to Graduate School in recent years. Recommendations submitted to centralized credential management and dossier services are unable to provide this information. 

Yes, however, we suggest that at least one recommendation should originate from a faculty member of the last institution you attended as a full-time student. This is not mandatory and may not be feasible if you have been out of school for a number of years.

Once you enter your recommender’s information (including email address) and select “Send to Recommender,” an email is automatically generated and sent to your recommender.

If your recommender does not receive the email, it is possible that their email provider is blocking the email. You may try resending the email, or entering a new email address for the recommender and hitting “Send Reminder.”