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Letters of recommendation should be positive statements of support and should substantiate your ability to handle the graduate program. Select faculty members who know you and your academic work in depth and ask if they can provide you with strong recommendations. (It is helpful if they know the graduate program to which you are applying). You should facilitate the process by supplying the evaluators with a copy of your transcript, a resume, and a copy of your application essay. Ask if you should supply them with any other information that would assist them in writing the letters of recommendation. Be sure to allow sufficient time and give them stamped, addressed envelopes if they are to be mailed. Please remember to thank your professors for their letters and to inform them of the outcome of your application for admission to graduate school and fellowships.

You are asked if you wish to waive your right of access to the letter of recommendation. The letters are generally given greater validity if you choose to do so.