Sample Letter of Reference for Graduate Studies
Letter of Recommendation for Jane Doe
Office of Graduate Admissions, Institute of Design
I'm honored to recommend Jane Doe for admission to graduate studies
at the Institute of Design. Since Jane will be visiting you soon,
the following information should help introduce her as well as
convey my wholehearted recommendation that she be admitted to your
My association with Jane--I've known Jane closely for three years,
during which we've collaborated on many projects. Her role has been
that of a consultant to our architectural firm. Jane and I have also
conversed privately on theoretical and practical matters of style,
aesthetics, and philosophies of design. I've always been impressed
by her know-how--from how to design an arboretum to good principles
of document design.
Jane's integrity--The hallmark of Jane's character is her honesty.
This extends from those areas where we easily see it (in
relationships and business transactions) to integrity of thought.
Scientific, thorough, and meticulous, she approaches any analytical
task with an exacting eye. This is the kind of care and concern I
mean by integrity of thought.
Jane's scholarship and balanced education--As a student of the
humanities, Jane pursued a course of study that could serve as a
model for any general education curriculum. She knows not only
Shakespeare but mathematics. She's as comfortable in a wood shop as
at the opera.
Her professional manner--Jane Doe is one of the most pleasant
persons you'll ever meet or work with. She's forthright, but neither
intimidates nor intrudes. She's open, friendly, and authentic--the
Jane you'll soon meet is the Jane you'll get, without any surprises.
Jane has my unqualified professional endorsement and my deep
personal respect. Please feel free to call at any time if I can be
of further assistance.