Recommendation Letters

In order to apply for admission to the Graduate School, you must supply three electronic letters of recommendation. The letters must be written in English and come from faculty members or other individuals well acquainted with your academic work. Applicants to the Woodrow Wilson School M.P.A. and M.P.P. programs must have one professional letter in addition to one academic reference letter. The third letter should come from a faculty member, administrator or professional who can comment on your commitment to public service.

The letters of recommendation must be submitted using our electronic recommendation service as part of your admission application. You will be required to register your recommenders' email addresses within the application. Recommenders will then receive an email with directions on how to proceed. We suggest you register your recommenders as early as possible to allow sufficient time for them to submit their letters of recommendation. You do not need to submit your application in order to register your recommenders. You should not wait to submit your application because of pending letters.

If your recommender uses a letter service (e.g., Interfolio) you will still need to provide your recommender's information in the admission application.  Each recommender's email must be unique. If two or more of your recommenders use the same letter service, your recommendation letters may be uploaded as a group under one of the recommenders you have registered. This is completely acceptable; however, it will not be reflected on your checklist. The Graduate Admission team suggests that you confirm with the letter service that they submitted all the letters you requested from them.

For more details on how to manage your recommenders, please visit the checklist page.

If your recommender has used the CollegeNET application system previously, he or she will simply log in with the password he or she created. If the recommender has forgotten his or her password, he or she can request a new one by clicking the link in the email received and selecting "Request a New Password". For further assistance, email