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Letter of Recommendation Template

Updated: May 11, 2021

Hi there!

Deciding who to ask to write you a letter of recommendation is an important decision and a bit nerve wrecking too! If you've never done this before, I included a template to guide you!

Be sure to give your recommenders plenty of time and select recommenders who really know your academic and professional aptitude, along with your story.


Dear ________,

I hope you are doing very well! [ Tip: Personalize this introduction as much as possible! ]

I enjoyed your _______ class immensely and it is why I want to pursue a [your career/course].

My goal is to pursue this course of study as a way to [Share your future goals about what you wish to do with your degree post grad] .

I really enjoyed your class, our conversations and learnings, and I know that you will be a really good judge of my character, my academic and professional abilities and my story. For this reason, I would be honored if you would write me a letter of recommendation for my application to [Name of school]. Would you be willing to do this for me?

If you are, I would require the letter by ____. My application is due _____. I do understand that you may have a busy schedule and if you are not able to support this at this time, I understand.

I hope to hear from you ! I would also like to schedule time with you via Zoom or over coffee to further discuss. I will also send you my resume so that you can learn more about me and my goals.

Thank you very much in advance.

Kind regards,

Your Name

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