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Letters of Recommendation

The Office of Graduate Admission permits letters of recommendation to be optional for all master's. Master's applicants may submit up to one and Ph.D. applicants may submit up to two letters of recommendation in the online application. However, although letters of recommendation are optional for almost all graduate programs, faculty do have the authority to request letters should they need them to make an admission decision.

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 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. Once you input recommender's information, hit "continue" so an email request is sent to them.

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), you may make the change in your App Tracker.

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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, otherwise you may able to re-send the request in your App Tracker.

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