Question from a reader about process of getting Letter of Recommendation in India.
I’m a big fan of HSB. Having said that, I had to ask you a question .
I’m a Ministry of defense employee (India) and it would be very hard for me to get an online LOR as our emails are scrutinized and giving an LOR without informing the authorities would be going against the organization and going through a proper channel is useless.My question is
- do universities accept paper LOR’s
- in any case how do they authenticate the genuineness of the LOR. Do they contact the person who has given the LOR or the HR department of that institute.
Because if someone gives me a LOR on a personal basis and they contact the HR department then this might put his job on stake. Please help me I’m in a fix.
Letter of Recommendation
Universities do accept hard copy of Letter of recommendation.
Having said that some universities require only online recommendation letter.
You may want to request exception for that rule from grad school. So, you can send the signed, sealed hard copy for recommendation letter.
For University of Idaho
Letters of recommendation can be mailed, e-mailed or faxed directly from the letter writer to the graduate admissions office. You can mail the letters with your other application materials so long as the letters are in sealed envelopes with the letter writer’s signature across the flap.
For University of Florida
Recommendation letters. Click on this link for a PDF copy you can read and fill out with Adobe Reader: Recommendation Letter Form.
Please note: You can now opt to submit your statement of purpose, resume and recommendation letters online via the UF Office of Admissions online application system.
For Stanford University
How are letters of recommendation submitted?
Recommenders are to submit the letters online – not by mail, fax or e-mail. When you enter the names and email addresses of your recommenders in the online application, they will receive a message with instructions on how to set up a recommender account. They will then be able to electronically submit their recommendations directly to Stanford.
As you can see Stanford University accepts recommendation letters submitted online. If they are not going to give exception, then you have to look at different university.
But, in he above example, University of Florida and University of Idaho accept email, fax and mail copy of recommendation letters.
Hope this answers your question about how to submit recommendation letters for Graduate school admission.
When you are asking for recommendation letter, make sure your recommender includes these skills about you in the recommendation letter.