Career Center


The UM Reference Letter Service will close permanently on June 30, 2018.  Please plan accordingly and send all questions to rlservice@umich.edu or 734/764-7459.  


The University Career Center’s Reference Letter Service (RLS) has effectively supported thousands of UM students and alumni over many decades as they applied to graduate and professional school or pursued employment.  However, a changing landscape--influenced by technology, single sign on accounts, and the proliferation of required application services--has increasingly restricted the RLS's ability to forward letters to prospective schools and employers.  Thus, the RLS is scheduled to close permanently on June 30, 2018.  As such, the RLS will:

  • Stop renewing expired files as of November 1,  2017  
  • Stop opening new files as of January 1, 2018
  • Continue to send letters from all active files through June 30, 2018
  • Stop accepting new letters after June 30, 2018 or earlier if the file holder has already closed their RLS file.

If you already have a file with the UM RLS, you can check its expiration online.  If your file is still active and you anticipate needing your letters beyond June 30, 2018, you have the option to open a new file with Interfolio's Dossier Service  and, from your Interfolio account, request that your RLS letters be uploaded to your Interfolio file.  No fees will be involved.  Note, however, that once your letters are uploaded to your new Interfolio account, your RLS file will be permanently closed and no further transactions will be possible (i.e., no new letters may be added; no more requests to send may be fulfilled, etc.)

Interfolio is an online credentials management service that allows you to create and self-manage a portfolio of your credentials, including confidential and non-confidential letters of recommendation, writing samples, resume/CV, etc.  You can request and store your letters for free with Interfolio's Dossier Service and, when you are ready to start sending your letters to employers, graduate and professional schools, etc., you can subscribe to Interfolio's Dossier Deliver for an annual fee.

If you never had a file with the RLS but anticipate needing a mechanism for reference letter storage and management, you may wish to open a file with Interfolio's Dossier Service.