Transfer Application Requirements

Letters of Recommendation

Letters of recommendation from two academic instructors or professors are required.

At least one of the two letters must be from a college professor. In certain situations (e.g., first year of college or enrollment only in large lecture courses), a teaching assistant may be your only option.

If you have been out of college for several years, you may substitute one work reference in place of one faculty recommendation. Veteran applicants may submit a commanding officer’s reference.

Optional Letter

You may submit no more than one optional letter of recommendation if there is another person who knows you well and will provide new insights about you. Ask your recommender to note your full legal name, school name and date of birth at the top of the letter. No form is required.

Please note that we are unable to confirm receipt of optional materials that are not required for admission. These materials are not tracked in our system.

How to Submit Letters of Recommendation

  • Recommendation letters may be submitted online through the application, sent by email attachment to credentials@stanford.edu or by regular mail to the following address:
      • Office of Undergraduate Admission
        Stanford University
        Montag Hall - 355 Galvez Street
        Stanford, CA 94305-6106
  • Ask your recommender to note your full legal name, school name and date of birth at the top of the letter.
  • Materials submitted by others may take several days to process. If your checklist is not complete by the deadline, please simply check your Application Status portal regularly until we have processed received all items.
Updated on December 19, 2019 3:43 PM