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Instructions to authors of Professional or Academic Reference for RA and GA candidates


The Office of College Houses and Academic Services seeks to hire persons genuinely interested in making a significant contribution to our residents’ lives through living and working in Penn’s College Houses.  In selecting College House staff, the department looks for individuals who can serve as strong academic role models.  The successful candidate should not only be intellectually engaged but also possess leadership and communication skills, time management and organizational ability, and a capacity to work effectively with a diverse population of students in a variety of settings and situations.  We would very much appreciate your comments on this applicant, so that we may gain a fuller picture of his/her strengths and weaknesses in making our selection.  This reference will be treated by the Office of College Houses and Academic Services as confidential (closed to the candidate) or non-confidential (open to the candidate), depending on whether the candidate has waived his/her right to see the recommendation.  

In writing your reference, please be sure to include the candidate’s name and to state how long and in what relationship you have known the candidate. Please provide any comments that would provide insight into the candidate’s potential as an RA or GA, including background, activities, character, creativity, motivation, talents, leadership or any other personal qualities.

Submitting a letter of reference

Recommendations should be submitted as PDF documents via the online application system. When the applicant requested a letter of recommendation from you, you should also have been given a six-letter code. Once you've written a recommendation for the applicant and saved it as a PDF, visit the link below and enter the code you were given, and it will allow you to upload your letter. The code will automatically link your letter to the correct application. 


Nondiscrimination policy

Neither the University of Pennsylvania nor the Office of College Houses and Academic Services discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, creed, national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, age, disability, veteran status, or any other legally protected class.