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This Letter of Recommendation for Academic Program package contains various letters which will recommend an individual for college, graduate school or other type of academic program. These letters range from a detailed letter setting forth numerous details about the individual's scholastic and extracurricular activities to a shorter endorsement by a professor who taught the student in only one class. It is imperative that a reference letter for an academic program be well-written. The forms contained in this Letter of Recommendation for Academic Program package can easily be tailored to fit your unique needs.

This Letter of Recommendation for Academic Program package contains:
  • Recommendation Letters: Various letters which articulate an individual's academic record and detailed specifics regarding other activities in which the student excelled.

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Recommendation for School Admission  Letter

This kit is designed to assist you in drafting a letter of recommendation for an applicant to college, graduate school, or other academic program. The kit includes the following:
   
1.   General Guidelines for Composing a Letter of Recommendation;
2.   Two Sample Letters of Recommendation; and
3.   Letter of Recommendation - Template


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1.   Should You Write the Letter? Youve been asked to write a letter of recommendation.  The first thing you should decide is whether or not you should write the letter.  

   Do you know the candidate well enough to write a letter?  Writing a letter for someone that you barely know can be quite difficult because you have little experience with him/her to draw upon for your evaluation.  

   Can you give the candidate an enthusiastic and strong recommendation?  If you cant, it may be better to decline.  Lukewarm letters of recommendation can be very harmful to an applicants chances, and exceedingly negative reviews may end up reflecting poorly upon you, the writer, even moreso than your subject.  Its better just to be honest with the candidate in advance.

2.   Gathering Information.  Once youve decided to write the letter, you should gather the information youll need to actually compose it.  Make a list for yourself of the candidates attributes, positive experiences youve had with the candidate, short anecdotes that exemplify the candidates character, etc.  Dont be afraid to ask the candidate to provide you with a resume or any other information that you think may be helpful in writing the letter.

3.   Writing the Letter.  A letter of recommendation is generally made up of four parts:

   Purpose of the Letter  The first paragraph of the letter will serve to inform your reader of the purpose of the letter.  

“I am writing to recommend Sally Taylor for admission into the UCLA Graduate School of Business.

   Experience with the Candidate  The next part of the letter will inform your reader of i] how you know the candidate [including the length of your relationship]; ii] the specific instances where you have instructed, worked beside or supervised the candidate; and iii] how well the candidate performed the various projects, lessons, or tasks.  This section will generally be one to two paragraphs in length.

“I have been Sallys English teacher for two years.  During this time, Sally has been one of my strongest students.  On the many projects I have assigned, Sally has repeatedly met or exceeded my expectations ...

   Personal Attributes of the Candidate  The next part of the letter will usually include a description of the candidates character or personal attributes.  Whereas the previous section dealt with concrete instances where the candidate excelled, this section allows you to discuss the candidates character in a more subjective way.  

“Sally is a creative thinker.  You know that when you assign her a project, she will not only complete it, she will have completed it in a way you never considered.

   Conclusion- This is the last paragraph of your letter and will quickly summarize why you are recommending the candidate [usually one or two sentences].  In this paragraph you can also include your contact information in case the schools administrators would like to follow up with you.  If you would prefer not to receive a phone call, give them your email.  

4.   Delivering the Letter.  The academic program will typically give the candidate instructions on how the letter of recommendation is to be delivered to them.  Many programs will require that you mail the letter the letter directly to them.  They may, however, request that the letters of recommendation accompany all of the other application materials.  It is best to place the letter in a sealed envelope and then deliver it to the candidate.  If youd like to also give the candidate a copy of the letter for their review, youre free to do so.


Sample Letter of Recommendation #1

August 20, 2005

Grace Leigh
215 Gimbel Road
Topeka, KS  
               
Kansas University
Admissions Department
KU Visitor Center, 1502 Iowa
Lawrence, KS  66045

Dear Sirs:

I am writing to recommend Stephanie Turner for admission to the 2007 freshman class at Kansas University.  Stephanie is an inquisitive, bright young woman who I believe will make an excellent addition to your schools community.

Stephanie is a student in my 12th grade honors English class, and from early in our first semester together she has proven herself to be incredibly mature both as a writer and as a human being.  It goes without saying that Stephanies creative writing stands head and shoulders above that of her classmates, displaying a wisdom and insight rare for someone her age.  I consistently find myself both entertained and challenged by her work.  A short story she wrote this semester stands out in my mind, about a mother of three who learns that her own father was a war criminal during World War II.  Her ability to empathize with her characters and see the world through a point of view that is entirely foreign to her own continues to astonish me.

But what is most impressive about Stephanie is her maturity as a human being.  Several months ago, our class undertook an activity in which each student was paired with a child from an English class at an elementary school in the inner city.  The activity was to last a week, with each of my students working on a short story with their assigned child.  The activity came and went, and was a success.  It was almost two months later that I learned that Stephanie had continued to stay in touch with her assigned child, trading stories, helping her with her schoolwork.  Whats more, I found out through a friend of Stephanies.  She didnt do it for credit; she didnt do it to impress anyone.  She just wanted to help.  Thats the kind of person you get with Stephanie.

I wholeheartedly recommend Stephanie for admission to Kansas University.  She will be an asset to whichever institution is lucky enough to get her.

Regards,


Grace Leigh
Sample Letter of Recommendation #2

October 19, 2005

Donald Robinson
1528 Chestnut Street
Richmond, VA  23218

Office of Undergraduate Admissions
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
CB #2200, Jackson Hall
Chapel Hill, NC  27599-2200

To Whom It May Concern:

This letter is in endorsement of Ted Buchmans application for admission to UNC-Chapel Hills Class of 2010.

I spent last year as Teds trigonometry teacher, and have come to know him as an extremely outgoing, charismatic, and genuine young man.  It was no surprise to me that he was elected Student Council President by his classmates last spring; he is genuinely a pleasure to be around, and his enthusiasm for school and for life in general is infectious.  But Ted is more than just a good heart.  He is also one of the most determined, courageous students I have ever encountered.

During the first few months that Ted was in my class, it was clear that he was having a difficult time understanding the subject matter.  It simply did not click for him conceptually.  Many students get frustrated in this situation; a few poor quiz grades leave them unable or uninterested in engaging the material.  But Ted confronted the material head-on; coming in for extra sessions after school, putting in the time at home to teach himself how to think in a different way.  By the end of the first semester, he had raised his test grades to a respectable level.  By the mid-point of the second semester, he was consistently scoring among the top few students in my class.  Because I know how difficult this process can be, I am all the more astonished by how Ted simply refused to let this challenge get the better of him.

I have no doubt that Ted will be successful in any endeavor he undertakes, and he will be a valuable addition to your universitys community.



Regards,


Donald Robinson
Letter of Recommendation - Template


[Date]

[Return Address Goes Here]

[Recipient Address Goes Here]

[Salutation [greeting] Goes Here]

I am writing to recommend   [name of candidate]    for admission to   [name of college/university/graduate school]      .

  [Name of candidate]   was a student of mine at   [name of school]  , and proved himself/herself to be a bright, capable, and hard-working individual.    [Briefly describe a specific experience or piece of work with the candidate that illustrates his/her abilities]                                    .

In my opinion,   [name of candidate]    exemplifies the standards and qualities that your institution is surely looking for, and would make an outstanding addition to your student body.  He/she has my full endorsement.

Regards,


[Signature]
[Printed name]


















Letter of Recommendation - Template 2


[Date]

[Return Address Goes Here]

[Recipient Address Goes Here]

[Salutation [greeting] Goes Here]

This letter is in reference to [name]. [He/She] was a student of mine at [school name] from [period of time].

During [his/her] time of study with me, [first name] showed an excellent ability and willingness to work hard and put forth the effort to learn. [additional information]. In my opinion [he/she] would make an outstanding employee for [school name].

[first name] has my full endorsement as a prospective student. You would be doing your school by accepting such a fine young [man/woman].

Thank you for your time.

[Closing Goes Here]


[Signature]
[Printed name]


















Letter of Recommendation - Template 3



[Date]

[Return Address Goes Here]

[Recipient Address Goes Here]

[Salutation [greeting] Goes Here]

This letter is in reference to the graduate studies application of [name]. [He/She] was a student of mine at [school name] from [period of time], and graduated in [graduation month and year] with a Bachelor's Degree in [major].

During [his/her] time of study with me, [first name] proved to be an exceptional student with a keen mind and a willingness to put forth the effort to learn. [additional information]. It is my opinion that [He/She] would be a wonderful addition to the [university name] graduate program.

[first name] has my full endorsement as a prospective graduate student. [He/She] would be a valuable asset to your institution.

Thank you for your time.

[Closing Salutation]


[Signature]
[Printed name]



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DimensionsDesigned for Letter Size (8.5" x 11")
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