Letters of Recommendation

Letters of recommendation are written references from someone who can describe your character, your personality, work ethic and academic achievements.

These letters can include additional information about you that may not be on your resume or academic record.  They can help college admissions counselors get to know you better as they evaluate your application.

  • Find out how many letters you need – most colleges ask for two or three
  • Ask people who know you well – like your counselor, teacher, mentor, coach, clergyman and employer
  • Provide your resume so they have details about you
  • Tell them where and to whom to address the letters
  • Agree on a deadline
  • Try to allow plenty of time since your reference may be writing letters for other students, too
  • Ask the guidance office if they will mail the letters to the admissions office on your behalf