Guidelines for Requesting a Recommendation Letter from Faculty

Obtaining great letters of reference is an essential aspect of most applications.  Most graduate programs request at least two referees who can speak about your accomplishments and potential.  It’s usually best to select referees who know you well, either through research or through small, intensive classes.  This generally means that someone must have had one-on-one time with you.

If you need a reference letter from a faculty member, you should first email them to make sure they can provide you with a positive recommendation.  Many professors can provide you with a reference; however, you should be sure that they can provide a positive, solid reference.  If you have only had one class with a professor, they probably cannot provide you with a strong reference.

If the professor can provide you with a strong reference, CLICK HERE to print a Cover Sheet for Recommendation Letters.