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question markDo you have a question about our application process/requirements/
deadlines/etc?

Do you need an answer now?

Perhaps the following questions and answers using past posts will help.

How do I apply to the Bloomberg School?

Do I really need to submit a standardized test score?

Will you waive your TOEFL requirement for me?

Who should provide my letters of recommendation and how should they do it?

Can you provide any guidance regarding the personal statement?

I previously applied to the Bloomberg School. How do I apply again?

What is the status of my submitted materials?

Is it John or Johns Hopkins?

LettersOn our website, we state that degree applications should be accompanied by three official letters of recommendation.

You’ll find details regarding the submission of recommendations within the online application.

I’ll also provide an overview here.

Who should provide letters of recommendation?

Your letters should come from a) supervisors who know your professional work or b) faculty who know your academic abilities. A mix of the two is best.

Avoid letters from friends, family and personal colleagues – we already know they’re your biggest cheerleaders!

How should your providers submit their letters?

We prefer that recommendation providers submit through the online application, but paper letters sent officially are also accepted (including those from your university’s letter service).

If your provider submits on paper, they should place their completed letter in an envelope, seal and sign their name across that seal, and postal mail the document to Admissions Services. Your university letter service should send their packet to the same address.

What information do you need to provide?

Regardless how your providers choose to submit, you’ll need to enter the following into the “Recommendations” section of the online application:

  • provider’s name
  • contact information
  • whether you’ll  waive the right to view the letter
  • whether the provider will submit on or offline.  

As soon as soon as you click save, your online providers will receive an email with instructions for submitting their recommendation.

What does it mean when you waive the right to view your recommendation?

Under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974, students have the right to access to their education records, including letters of recommendation. You may, however, waive your right to see letters of recommendation, allowing your providers to write and submit evaluations confidentially.  Signing this waiver is not required as a condition for admission, financial aid or any other service or benefit from the School of Public Health.

Some final recommendations (pun intended)

Remember, letters of recommendation should be received before the application deadline. Request your letters well in advance of your program’s deadline and follow up with your providers to make sure the letters were submitted.

Best wishes!

Woman with computerYou've had a lot of questions! We spent quite a bit of last week answering email inquiries and I kept a tally of the questions asked.

Below are the top five questions from the first week of the new year.  I’ll answer them briefly now, provide links to additional information, and address each one in detail later this month.

  1. Have you received my transcripts/test scores/letter of recommendations?

We’re happy to check, but if your application is submitted, you can monitor its status by logging into your online application.

Also see “Welcoming the Flood” and “Our Process – Part 2: What Happens When I Click Submit?”

  1. Will you waive my TOEFL/IELTS scores?

Admissions will waive the English language proficiency test score required of international applicants if:

1) you completed a four-year degree from an accredited U.S. institution

2) you’re from a country listed on the quick reference list.

  1. Attached (to my email) are my transcripts/test scores/letter of recommendations.  Please add them to them my application.

Emailed attachments are considered unofficial. Many of our programs will not review an application unless the supporting materials are official.

  1. Can I add a fourth recommendation provider?

Absolutely! Admissions staff can add them on the administrative end.

After entering your first three providers, email admissions your fourth provider’s name, contact information, whether you will be waiving the right to view the letter, and whether the provider will be submitting on or offline.

  1. I attended a school outside the U.S.  Do I really need to submit a credentials evaluation? Can’t you just review my official transcript?

Regardless of your citizenship, language or home country, if you attended a post-secondary institution physically located outside the United States, you must have your academic records evaluated by an NACES-approved credential evaluation agency.

An official transcript from an international institution will not suffice.

I hope this helps!