Letters of recommendation provide independent verification of your qualifications and fit for one of our graduate programs. Depending on the program for which you apply, you may be asked to submit, one, two, or three letters of recommendation.
For our graduate programs, letters of recommendation are an opportunity to get third-party verification of whether you are qualified to start your studies in the program. Well-written letters help us determine:
For your graduate school application, letters of recommendation can come from your professors, colleagues, and even your family. Ideally, choose recommenders who know you well, and who can provide an independent account of your qualifications for the
program to which you are applying.
Some of our programs may have more specific requirements for the professions of individuals who should write your letters of recommendations. Contact the graduate coordinator for your program of choice for clarification and guidance on which potential
recommenders make the most sense for your application.
Our admissions software allows you to request letters of recommendations online. However, you can only go through this process if you have already submitted your application and paid your application fee. Follow these steps:
The recommender will receive an e-mail prompting them to provide a letter of recommendation directly to our Admissions software. In the meantime, you will be able to follow the status of your request on the same page where you submitted the request, and
send a reminder or cancel the request if the recommender is non-responsive.
For any questions about the process, please contact us directly. If you have a physical printout of your letter of recommendation, you can send it to IUP’s Admissions Office at the information below.