ORPAS – Referees

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

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

ORPAS cannot advise you in selecting referees.

It is your responsibility to ensure ORPAS receives your references by the deadline.

Send Email

Once you add a referee, click “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. Ensure your reference is prepared to use the online form before entering an email address. It is your responsibility to ensure your referee receives the email and successfully submits the reference to ORPAS.

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

Download the Form

If the referee does not have an email address, download the form and forward it to them. The “Download” button will appear once you save the referee’s information without an email address. They must mail it with their accompanying letter directly to ORPAS when complete.


  • Only 1 version of the reference (online or paper) can be submitted.
  • Clinical references are required only for SLP and/or Audiology programs.
  • You may only enter 1 person on the application in the R4 (Confidential Clinical Referee) position. For any additional clinical references, please send a message via Secure Applicant Messaging and select the subject, “Request for Additional Clinical Reference” from the subject drop down list. You will be required to give us the name and contact information of the additional clinical referee in the message.

You cannot make changes to your referees once your referees are emailed or the forms are downloaded.

Ensure you give your reference sufficient time to complete their reference, and submit to ORPAS by the deadline.