All letters of recommendation are confidential during the admission process. If you did not waive your right, you may view them only after you are enrolled. If you did not receive an offer of admission, or if you declined an offer of admission, you may not access the letters at any time.
Frequently Asked Questions
I did not waive my FERPA rights, can I view the letters of recommendation sent on my behalf?
My recommender is having trouble submitting the recommendation through the system, what should he or she do?
Please make sure your recommender clicked on “submit”. Often recommenders click on save and fail to click on submit. If your recommender is still having trouble, he or she should email email@example.com.
Can I send a reminder to my recommender?
Yes. Log back into your application. On the Activity page you will see Online Letters of Recommendation. On the “Action” drop down menu, choose Send Reminder.
I already registered my recommenders, can I change one?
Yes, if the recommender has not yet begun the process. Log back into your application. On the Activity page you will see Online Letters of Recommendation. On the Action drop down menu, choose Edit/Change This Recommender. If you change a recommender, you will not see the new recommenders name until after the new recommender has submitted a letter.
I changed my recommender, but I still see the original recommender’s name and email address; what is wrong?
Nothing is wrong. If you change a recommender, you will not see the new recommender’s name until after the new recommender has submitted a letter.
The application will only allow me to register three recommenders; how can I register more?
Due to the volume of applications we receive, and in order to review each application thoroughly and thoughtfully, we allow only three letters of recommendation.
What does it mean to waive my FERPA rights for recommendation letters?
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) gives registered students the right to inspect and review their educational records. If you do not waive your rights and you become a registered student at Princeton, you would have access to view recommendation letters in the future. This only applies to applicants that are offered admission, accept our offer, and become students. Applicants who do not become students will not be able to view recommendation letters under any circumstances.
The email that your recommender will receive from Princeton indicates if FERPA rights have been waived or not, and this may influence what the recommender writes in the reference.
Can I change my decision to waive my FERPA rights?
If you have already waived your right, you cannot change it. If you did not waive your right, but wish to change the status to waived, you may change it only if your recommender has not yet started the recommendation process. To change it, log back into your application. On the Activity page you will see Online Letters of Recommendation. On the Action drop down menu, choose Edit Waive Status.
I can’t remember if I waived my FERPA rights or not, how can I check?
When you sign back into your application and view your activity page, you will see your recommenders’ names, whether the recommendation has been started, and the waive status.