Letters of recommendation

Letters of recommendation and/or evaluations are supplementary materials that are required when applying to graduate level programs. The number of letters depends on the program; however we recommend students try to get 3-5 letters.

Make Connections

Letters of recommendation can be written by various authors who may include college faculty, professionals in the field, and supervisors.  It is a good idea for students to take initiative to develop relationships during class and in their extracurricular activities throughout their undergraduate studies and identify who to ask as early as possible in the application process.

Providing Appropriate Information

We recommend that students provide resumes, personal statements, and other pertinent information.  This will often help the author to be specific and detailed. Sending authors thank you letters is common practice as well.

Communicate Timeframe

Faculty may have less time or limited availability during busy times of the school year, and may be off campus during the summer. Also, authors may need specific information about where to send or input their letters/evaluations along with proper letterhead and signature procedures.