ORPAS – Referee Requirements

Last updated: October 8, 2021

Note: This application guide contains information for fall 2022 admission.

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Review the requirements for each university/program choice as the number and/or type of reference required may vary.

Referee Selection

Select referees who have extensive personal knowledge of you and can make statements concerning your character, personal qualities, academic capabilities and special circumstances, if applicable.

ORPAS cannot advise you in selecting referees.

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Sending Reference Forms to ORPAS

Ensure that your referee is prepared to use the online form before entering an email address. They must be familiar with PDF documents and/or scanners.

Once you add a referee, select “Send Email” to notify them about completing their online reference in a secure environment. If you provide an email address for your referee, they are required to complete the reference online.

If the referee does not have an email address, download the form and forward it to them. They must mail it, with their accompanying letter, directly to ORPAS when complete.

It is your responsibility to ensure your referee receives the email and successfully submits their reference to ORPAS.

Your comments to the referee should include your contact information, so they will be able to reach you, if necessary.

Only 1 version of the reference (online or paper) can be submitted.

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Reference Deadline

It is your responsibility to give your referees enough time to complete their reference and submit it to ORPAS by the deadline.

You may submit your application before your references are submitted.

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Checking the Status of Your References

You can check the status of your references under the “Actions/Status” column in the Referees section of your application.

Reference Status

  • Email Sent: Your email was sent to your selected referee.
  • Form Viewed: Your referee viewed the reference form.
  • In Progress: Your referee started their reference but has not submitted it.
  • Received: The OUAC received the reference from your referee.

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Referee Resets

You may reset your reference as long as the referee has not started the reference form.

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