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Academic Advisor Letter

The letter from your Academic Advisor must state the academic justification(s) of why you need more time to complete your degree. The letter must include, but is not limited to:

Undergraduate Students

  • additional courses that need to be completed
  • your new anticipated degree completion date (MM/DD/YYYY)
    • In most cases, your program completion date is the degree conferral date.
      • If you finish your degree after session A, then your program completion date is the last day of session A classes. 

Graduate students

  • topic of your research
  • progress made since your last reported completion date
  • reason(s) for delay
  • additional course(s) that need to be completed (if any)
  • remaining required tasks, such as research, data collection, data analysis, recital, dissertation writing, etc.
  • new anticipated degree completion date (MM/DD/YYYY) as defined by the Graduation Completion Dates Based on Final Academic Requirements 

Important Reminders

  • letter must be written on department letterhead with your advisor's signature.  The signature cannot be electronic. 

  • letter must be dated within the 60 day time frame before your I-20 expiration date

  • ISSC will review the recommendation letter for the required information and request additional information if needed