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 another letter of recommendation from an additional 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.