College of Arts & Sciences

Letters of Recommendation: How to

The first step is to ask your professor whether they would be willing to write you a letter of recommendation. It is always up to the faculty member’s discretion whether they feel comfortable recommending you. When you ask them, it is helpful if you remind them which course(s) you took with them and the grades you earned in those courses.

NOTE: Always be sure to contact the professor about a month ahead of time in order to give them sufficient time to write and revise your letters while still getting them in by your program’s deadline.

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