Sample Recommendation Letter for a College Applicant

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Recommendation Letters for College Applicants

Many colleges, universities, and business schools request recommendation letters as part of the application process. A good letter of recommendation from a high school teacher, a club president, or another academic reference can really help an applicant's chances of acceptance. Other sources of recommendations might include employers, community directors, coaches, and mentors.

Choosing a Recommender

The sample letter of recommendation shown below was written for a student who is also an undergraduate program applicant. The letter writer is the student's AP English professor.

Selecting a professor who spent an entire year teaching and mentoring her was a good choice on the part of the student. It is very important to choose a recommender who knows you well. A person who has worked closely with you or known you for a significant period of time will have more to say about you and will be able to offer specific examples to back up opinions. Someone who doesn't know you very well, on the other hand, may struggle to come up with supporting details. The result might be a vague reference that doesn't do anything to make you stand out as a candidate. 

Selecting a professor from an AP class, which is an advanced class that some students might struggle with, also shows that this student is confident in her academic performance.

Although there are a lot of different things that are considered during the college application process, previous academic performance is one of the most important. 

Sample Recommendation for a College Applicant

To find out what goes into a good recommendation, we are going to take a look at a sample recommendation letter for a college applicant.

As you read this letter, note how the letter writer specifically mentions the student's outstanding work ethic and academic performance. He also discusses her leadership capability, her ability to multi-task, and her creativity. He even offers an example of her record of achievement - a novel project that she worked on with the rest of the class. Specific examples like this are a great way for the recommender to reinforce the main points of the letter. 

To Whom It May Concern:

Cheri Jackson is an extraordinary young woman. As her AP English Professor, I have seen many examples of her talent and have long been impressed by her diligence and work ethic. I understand that Cheri is applying to the undergraduate business program at your school. I would like to recommend her for the program.

Cheri has outstanding organizational skills. She is able to successfully complete multiple tasks with favorable results despite deadline pressure. As part of a semester project, she developed an innovative collaborative novel with her classmates. This book is now being considered for publication. Cheri not only headed the project, she ensured its success by demonstrating leadership abilities that her classmates both admired and respected.

I must also make note of Cheri's exceptional academic performance. Out of a class of 150 students, Cheri graduated with honors in the top 10. Her above-average performance is a direct result of her hard work and strong focus.

If your undergraduate business program is seeking superior candidates with a record of achievement, Cheri is an excellent choice. She has consistently demonstrated an ability to rise to any challenge that she must face.

To conclude, I would like to restate my strong recommendation for Cheri Jackson. If you have any further questions regarding Cheri's ability or this recommendation, please do not hesitate to contact me using the information on this letterhead.


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More Sample Recommendation Letters

This sample recommendation letter was written for a college applicant.

If you want to see sample recommendation letters for MBA applicants, job seekers, or other individuals, try out this collection of 10 sample recommendation letters. You'll find samples for almost any situation along with tips on how to craft a winning recommendation.