Letter of Recommendation

Letters of recommendation, required by potential employers and almost every graduate school application, are a very important part of the application process.  In order to prepare a strong and accurate letter of recommendation, please include the following information when making your request to a professor:

  1. All the courses you have taken with the Professor.
  2. Grades received in those courses.
  3. Information about the program or job for which you have applied.
  4. A brief explanation of why you have chosen the program (be honest) or why a particular job interests you.
  5. Any internships or job experiences that may serve as indicators of your chances of success.
  6. GPA in your major.
  7. Overall GPA.
  8. Examples of your willingness to take advantage of educational opportunities outside of class.
  9. Any extracurricular activities that reflect on your ability to organize and finish projects in a timely manner.
  10. Any extenuating circumstances that reflect on your GPA.
  11. Any hardships that you have had to endure to achieve your goals.
  12. A copy of your current resume.
  13. Essays you have written for your application.
  14. A web link to the program or call for applications.

Please allow the Professor at least 3 – 4 weeks to prepare your letter of recommendation.