The Career Center is Sunsetting Its Letter of Recommendation Dossier Service

Mid March of 2020, the Career Center will close its Letter of Recommendation Dossier Service. The service has experienced declining volume for a number of years, and outside vendors are now able to provide a comparable service at a significantly lower cost to students and alumni.
 
We will continue to serve existing clients with established Letter Service accounts through this fall/winter application cycle. You can still login, print out forms and add letters to your account.  Distribution requests will be accepted through March 15, 2020 (Letter Service distribution fees still apply).  These fees will depend on whether your Letter Service account is active or inactive.
 
Students and alumni who don't plan to apply for admission or academic employment until after March 2020 are encouraged to use established outside vendors such as Interfolio and the Chronicle of Higher Education’s Vitae service (for faculty position applicants).
 
We will continue to retain letters for graduate/professional school admission for five years from initial file establishment and letters for academic employment for ten years from initial file establishment. If you have a current Letter Service and want to maintain access to your letters beyond March 2020, you must establish an account with another vendor and arrange to have your letters transferred by emailing letter@berkeley.edu.

If you have any questions not addressed in the FAQs below, please email letter@berkeley.edu.

Letter Service FAQs

I’m still a student or active Alumni Advantage member. Can I still open a Letter Service account?

Due to our plans to sunset the Career Center Letter of Recommendation service by March 2020, we are no longer accepting any new registrations to open a file. You are encouraged to review established outside vendors, such as Interfolio or the Chronicle of Higher Education Vitae service, who are able to provide a comparable service at a significantly lower cost to both students and alumni.

I graduated and have a Letter Service account but my Alumni Advantage will expire before March 15, 2020. How long will I have access to my letters on file?

If you have an unexpired Letter Service account (regardless of your graduation year), we will extend your expiration date until March 15, 2020 allowing you uninterrupted use through this summer/fall application cycle (Letter Service distribution fees will still apply). If you will still have need for your letters after that date, you will need to arrange to have these letters transfered to Interfolio or another service provider (at no charge to you).

 

I purchased Alumni Advantage last year, but never set up my Letter Service account. May I still do so?

Even though your Alumni Advantage may still be active, we are no longer accepting any new registrations to open a Letter Serivce file. You are encouraged to review established outside vendors, such as Interfolio or the Chronicle of Higher Education Vitae service, who are able to provide a comparable service at a significantly lower cost to both students and alumni.

I’m an alum with a Letter Service account, but my Alumni Advantage membership has lapsed. Can I still use my letters to apply this cycle?

You can still login, print out forms and have new letters sent into your file. You can also submit requests through March 15, 2020 but will have to pay the higher One-Time-Send fees. In addition, you will need to decide on what to do with your letters after March 15, 2020 (see below).

What will happen to my letters after March 15, 2020?

We retain letters for graduate/professional school admission for five years from initial file establishment and letters for academic employment for ten years from initial file establishment. If you have letters on file and want to maintain access to your letters beyond March 2020, you must establish an account with another service provider such as Interfolio and arrange to have your letters transferred. Please contact the Letter Service at letter@berkeley.edu for more information.