Q: The online application asks for three “academic references.” Do all of my references need to be professors?
A: You can select references who know you well in either an academic or professional context. References should speak to your personal qualities (e.g., leadership skills, motivation, team building abilities, dedication, maturity, analytical skills, communication skills, etc.), career potential, and potential to succeed in the classroom.
Q: Can my references submit a paper copy or must they submit their recommendations electronically?
A: Although the online format is preferred, your reference can return the recommendation form along with the recommendation letter to you in a sealed envelope with his/her signature across the seal, and you can include the letter in a mailed packet to the Graduate and International Admissions Center. Please note that paper copies require longer processing times, so it is highly recommended that your references submit an online recommendation whenever possible.
Q: How many recommendation letters must be submitted?
A: The online application allows applicants to list up to three references. This is a standard feature for the ApplyTexas application, but our program only requires two recommendation letters. As a result, you may leave one reference blank on the application. Please note that you are welcome to submit more than two recommendation letters, if you prefer, as the admissions committee will consider all that are submitted.
Q: I just submitted my online application, but my references haven’t received an email notification with the instructions for submitting the recommendation electronically. What should I do?
A: Your references will receive an email notification after you have submitted your online application and the application is loaded to The University of Texas at Austin’s admissions system. Once the application is received, you will receive an acknowledgement via e-mail from GIAC, and at that time your references will receive an e-mail notification with instructions for submitting the online recommendation.
Occasionally, references may not receive the e-mail notification if the message is filtered as junk mail. If this occurs, you will be able to log into the application status check website with your assigned UT EID and resend the Request for Reference e-mail.