Who Should You Ask for Letters of Recommendations?

Recommendation Letters

Who Should You Ask for Letters of Recommendations?

Letters of recommendation are an important piece of your university application; they offer your admissions officer a glimpse beyond your transcript and resume into what caliber of person you really are.

Who should you approach for such an important role?

First things first: your admissions officers want to know that you are a talented, hard-working student who will contribute to the academic life of their university. That's why, if you're asked for three letters, I advise selecting two teachers you've worked with in the past two years.

Of course, teachers whose classes you excelled in are most likely to provide the best reviews. Among those, choose teachers who you have a strong personal rapport with. Maybe you participated in a chess club run by your math teacher - that teacher is well-positioned to comment on not only your academic performance, but also your broader contributions to your community.

What about that third letter of recommendation? This is a great place to flesh out your application by asking someone you've worked with outside of your academic life. A coach, conductor, director, mentor, religious leader, or employer is a great choice for this slot. Just make sure it's someone who can add new perspective on the skills and intelligence your university wants in its students.