Recommendation Letters

Three letters of recommendation are required. The letters must be written in English and come from faculty members or other individuals well acquainted with the applicant's academic work.

Due to the volume of applications which are received, and in order to read each application thoroughly and thoughtfully, we limit the number of recommendations to three.

Applicants to The Princeton School of Public and International Affairs 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 commitment to public service.

For applicants to the Master in Finance degree program, three letters are required, however, the department will accept one of the letters from a current or former employer. 

The letters of recommendation are submitted using our electronic recommendation service. The applicant will be required to register the recommenders' email addresses within the application. Recommenders will then receive an email with directions on how to proceed. We suggest registering recommenders as early as possible to allow sufficient time for them to submit their letters of recommendation. An application does not need to be submitted in order to register recommenders. Please do not wait to submit an application because of pending letters.

We do allow recommenders to send via Interfolio, however, at this time we suggest you enter the recommender's email address and have your recommenders submit their letters directly to your application as we are working out the details in our new application.

NOTE: The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) gives enrolled students the right to inspect and review their educational records. When a recommender is registered in the application, there is an option to waive this right. If FERPA rights were not waived, enrolled students may request access to view recommendation letters. Applicants who do not become students will not be able to view recommendation letters under any circumstances. The decision to waive or not waive the right will not affect the application for admission. Once the recommendation request has been submitted, the waive status may not be changed.

Manage Recommenders

Application Not Yet Submitted

An applicant who has not yet submitted an application can view the progress of the letters of recommendation by logging into the application and revisiting the Recommendations section. To send a reminder to a recommender, please click "Edit" next to the recommender's name and then "Send Reminder."

Application Submitted

An applicant who has submitted an application can view the progress of the letters of recommendation by re-visiting the recommendations page via the application portal and clicking “Edit” next to the recommender's name and then "Send Reminder."

Recommendations

Applicants can visit the Recommendation section/page to manage recommenders and:

  • Determine if the letter's status is In progress, Submitted, or not yet started (appears as Sent to recommender) with the date.
  • View if the right to review the recommendation letter has been waived or not waived. Once the recommendation request has been sent, that decision cannot be changed.
    • An applicant will only be able to request to review letters of recommendation if enrolled. The decision to waive or not waive the right will not affect the application for admission.
  • Send a reminder to a recommender if the letter of recommendation has not yet been submitted.

Once a recommender receives the recommendation request, the recommender cannot be changed or removed. Please do not wait for the recommender to submit before submitting the application.

For further assistance, email gradapphelp@princeton.edu.