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Letters of Reference

Formatting Your Letter

Before writing any letter of recommendation, each student or alum should provide you with a Letter of Reference Service Waiver Option Form that specifies whether they are requesting the content of the letter to be confidential or non-confidential.  This waiver option form must be submitted with the actual letter.  The Letter of Reference Service will not allow the individual access to a confidential letter, but will allow the individual to access to non-confidential letters.  The individual should verify that his/her choice is acceptable to you before you write the letter.

Letters must be submitted on professional letterhead.  Letters should not be printed on plain paper nor on both sides.


Forwarding Your Letter

Letters and waivers may be sent by campus, flat rate, or express mail.  They may also be hand-delivered.  Please seal the letter in an envelope and sign across the seal so that we will know that it has not been opened en route. We strongly suggest that you retain a copy of your letter for your records.

Please Address Letter To:

UC Merced
Center for Career & Professional Advancement
Attention: Letters of Reference Service
5200 North Lake Road
Student Services Building 230
Merced, CA 95343