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Guidelines for Letters of Recommendation

​​Applications to any degree, licensure or endorsement program require letters of recommendation. The number of letters and the type of recommenders required varies by program; please review admission information for the specific program to which you are applying for full details.

Guidelines for Content

Letters of recommendation to any graduate program in the College of Education should be frank and detailed and should indicate how long and under what circumstances the recommender has known you (i.e., student, assistant, advisee, employee, etc.) 

A recommendation is most helpful when it provides specific information concerning your intellectual and personal characteristics and performance; it should relate to your suitability for graduate study beyond information that is available on college transcripts and employment records.

While the admissions committee is particularly interested in learning more about your intelligence, independence of thought, and overall promise, character and fitness, information on your special interests, motivations and personal qualities may distinguish you from other applicants.

Directions for Submitting Letters of Recommendation

Applicants have two options for requesting letters of recommendation:

  1. Send a recommendation form to their recommenders via email through the online graduate application (recommended).
  2. Ask recommenders to send their letters by email or postal mail to the Office of Graduate Admissions.

We ask that recommenders provide contact information (i.e., address, phone, e-mail and signature) if they send their letter of recommendation directly to us. We accept letters of recommendation via email to or postal mail to the following address:

Office of Graduate Admissions
College of Education
DePaul University
2400 North Sheffield Ave.
Chicago, IL 60614