Academic Recommendation Letter Sample
"X has been an assistant in my laboratory during the past year, and
has proven to be exceptional in several respects. First, X is
exceptionally intelligent. He proved to be a very quick study, learning
the elements of experimental design and the uses of microcomputers in
record time. Furthermore, his questions are always thoughtful and
penetrating. X threw himself into his assigned projects wholeheartedly,
and shows every sign of having real talent in . . . . I was a little
surprised by his high degree of enthusiasm because I knew that X was not
primarily interested in . . . . When I mentioned this to him, I
discovered that he has well defined career goals that mesh with the
projects he was working on . . . .
Second, X is exceptionally diligent and hard working. He worked many
extra hours over the summer. I vividly recall coming into the lab late
in the evening. . . and finding X at work. X invariably finished
projects well in advance of our projected target date. X was always
cheerful during this intense period, and was a joy to have in the lab.
Third, X is very good at working with other people. He is
exceptionally nice and considerate and sensitive. X is not only good
humored and friendly, but also is good at gauging other people's level
of knowledge and attitudes. . . .
All in all, I think X has a very bright future, and I am sure that he
would benefit from . . . . Given his great intelligence and sensitivity,
I am sure that he could put . . . to good use.
In short, I give X my highest recommendation, and very much hope that
the committee judges his application favorably."
Letter of Recommendation C: Graduate School
National Standards University
123 United Blvd.
Anytown, Florida, 32265
(904) 234-1234 Fax (904) 234-5432
July 27, 2003
Ms. Debra Admit
Office of Graduate School Admissions
123 College Avenue
Collegetown, Missouri, 12345
letter is provided at the written request of Janie Studyhard, who has
asked me to serve as a reference on her behalf. It is
my understanding that Janie is being considered by New
University for admission to the Counseling Psychology program.
I have known
Janie Studyhard for the past three years as she has taken the following
courses which I teach: [list courses, give brief description of
content of course]. As her professor, I have had an opportunity
to observe the student's participation and interaction in class and to
evaluate the student's knowledge of the subject matter. I would rate the
student's overall performance in these subjects as superior. This is
evidenced by her grades--[state the grades].
or two specific examples of the student's performance may be
appropriate.] As part of her grade in [name of course],
the student was required to prepare a paper. The paper was designed to
measure the student's ability to research, to analyze the results of the
research, and to write. [Discuss how the paper submitted by the
student indicated to you the student's skills in these areas.]
Based upon this, I rate the student's skills as excellent.
Based upon the
student's academic performance and my understanding of the position for
which the student is applying, I believe the student would perform
(place overall evaluation here).
If you would
like to discuss this further, please feel free to contact me.