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Letters of Recommendation

Beginning with applications for the spring 2016 semester and all future terms, the Office of Graduate Admission permits letters of recommendation to be optional for all master's and Ph.D. programs. Master's applicants may submit up to two and Ph.D. applicants may submit up to three letters of recommendation in the online application. 

Do my letters of recommendation need to be submitted by the application deadline?

No, although we cannot guarantee your application will be processed in time for the applicable academic term to which you have applied.

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How can I change a recommender?

In the Online Application portal, if you have not yet submitted your application, you may select to “edit” your application, then change the recommender information and their email address to the new person. Be sure to inform your previous recommender you do not need their letter otherwise it may cause technical problems.

If you have already submitted your application and want to change your recommendor (and it is not already with the department for an application decision), notify our office which recommendor you wish to remove and please provide the new recommendor's name and email for us to update.

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I did not waive my right to review recommendation letters. I want to change this. How can I do that?

Contact the Office of Graduate Admission using this form.

My recommender doesn't want to use an online response. Can he/she send a paper letter?

The recommender must use the invitation link that was emailed to them during your application in order to submit a letter for you in a PDF file.  You will not be able to see the document.

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My recommender says he/she didn't get a request for a recommendation. What do I do?

Inform your recommender that the invitation sender is IIT Office of Graduate Admission (subject line: Recommendation Request for STUDENT NAME to Illinois Institute of Technology).  Tell them to check their email spam/junk folders. If they do not receive it, please notify us using this form and we will investigate. We may need to re-open your application for you to re-send the invitation.

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