Letters of Recommendation
We require one letter of recommendation written by someone who can attest to your academic ability, such as a teacher, faculty member, school counselor, or advisor. If you choose, you can also submit a letter of recommendation from another source, such as an employer, coach, research mentor, community leader, or clergy. Students with an interest in engineering are encouraged to obtain a letter of recommendation from a math or science teacher.
We encourage applicants who have been away from formal classroom teaching for an extended period to request a letter of recommendation from someone who can speak to their academic potential, such as an employer (preferably a supervisor or manager), a program or departmental trainer, or some other individual in an official instructional capacity.
Students who apply using the Common Application should request a recommendation through that system.
If you or the student you are recommending applied using the UW System Application, select the link that best describes your situation:
- I've applied and have activated my NetID - Click here if you have submitted an application to us and have activated your NetID.
- I'm planning on applying/have applied - Click here if you plan on applying or have applied to the University of Wisconsin-Madison and want to invite someone to submit a recommendation.
- I want to submit a recommendation - Click here if you want to submit a recommendation on behalf of someone.