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Recommendations

This page applies to: University of South Alabama

Before You Begin

Recommendations (sometimes called Letters of Evaluation, Letters of Reference, or Letters of Recommendation) are submitted by the Recommenders themselves; they cannot be completed or submitted by the applicant or another party on behalf of the Recommender. We are not responsible for verifying Recommenders' identities. If a discrepancy is found, we reserve the right to contact the appropriate individuals to investigate and to share the discrepancy with all programs.

Before getting started, consider the following:

  • Recommendations must be submitted electronically by Recommenders using our Evaluator Portal.
  • Research each program's requirements. You should determine whether your programs have specific requirements regarding reference roles or relationships before listing Recommenders on your application. Many programs have strict guidelines and completed Recommendations cannot be removed or replaced. 
  • Prepare your Recommenders. Once you choose your Recommenders, be sure to inform them about the process and that they will be completing the Recommendation electronically. We recommend getting their preferred email address and asking that they monitor that inbox for your request, including any junk or spam folders. 

Requirements

You are required to request at least 3 but may request a maximum of 5 Recommendations. If you want to submit more than 5, send those additional Recommendations directly to your programs. 

Committee Letters

If you want to submit a committee letter as part of your application, you can do so by entering the committee chair (or their alternate) as the Recommender. The committee chair must then complete the ratings section and upload one letter (that includes the assessments of various committee members) via the Evaluator Portal. Note that a committee letter only counts as one Recommendation. 

Submit a Recommendation Request

Waiver

The Family Education Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA) gives you the right to access Recommendations unless you choose to waive your right of inspection and review. Prior to requesting an Recommendation, you are required to indicate whether you wish to waive your rights. University of South Alabama will release your decision to waive or not waive access to your Recommenders and designated programs. Your waiver decision serves the same purpose as a legal signature and is binding. 

Selecting Yes indicates to programs that your Recommender completed their Recommendation with the understanding that you would not be able to view it. This means you will not be able to see the content of the Recommendation. Programs may view this type of Recommendation as a more accurate representation of an applicant's qualifications. 

Selecting No indicates to programs that your Recommender completed their Recommendation with the understanding that you may choose to view it in the future. Selecting this option does not allow you to view your Recommendation via the application. If you do not waive your right to view the Recommendation, you may ask your reference for a copy of the Recommendation. Programs may view this type of Recommendation as a less accurate representation of an applicant's qualifications. 

Once you make a selection, you can't change it, so consider the choices carefully. 

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