Requesting a Letter of Recommendation

You should begin this process at least four weeks before the letter is due ​in order to give your teachers or counselors enough time to complete your letter(s). If you have an emergency, negotiate specifically with the individual teacher or counselor.

Colleges ask for a variety of types of recommendation letters.​ Each college sets its own policy, so it is always a good idea to double check with each school on your list to make sure you understand their requirements. ​For example, most state public universities do not require a teacher letter of recommendation unless you are applying to their honors college.

Students must recognize that​ these letters take many hours of unpaid time​. Letters of recommendation are a privilege and not a right. Every teacher and counselor who provides a letter should receive a “thank you” note from you to express your appreciation.

Steps to Request a Letter

Requesting a Teacher Letter of Recommendation

  1. Speak with the teacher directly about the request for a letter. If you make the request via email, follow up in person.
  2. Complete the Requesting a Teacher Letter of Recommendation form below.
  3. Include a copy of your resume and your personal or college essay. Be sure to speak with each teacher to determine if you need to provide any additional information or documents.
  4. Check in with each teacher that you requested a letter from one week before the earliest due date. Remember to communicate any changes to them!
  5. Remember to show your appreciation by acknowledging the time and effort that went into each letter that was completed on your behalf.

Requesting a Counselor Letter of Recommendation

You should begin this process at least four weeks before the letter is due in order to give your counselor enough time to complete your letter(s). If you have an emergency, negotiate specifically with your counselor.

Mr. Miller A – E

Ms. Garcia F – La

Mr. McDonough Le-Ri

Mrs. Kindred Ro-Z

Colleges ask for a variety of types of recommendation letters. Each college sets its own policy, so it is always a good idea to double check with each school on your list to make sure you understand exactly what is required.

Students must recognize these letters take many hours of unpaid time. Letters of recommendation are a privilege and not a right. Every counselor who provides a letter should receive a “thank you” note from you to express your appreciation.

  1. Complete the Requesting a Counselor Letter of Recommendation form below.
  2. Give a copy of the Teacher Feedback Sheet to 2-3 teachers who are not writing your letter of recommendation.
  3. Include a copy of your resume and your personal or college essay.
  4. Make an appointment with your counselor. Don’t forget to bring all completed forms with you to your appointment!
  5. Remember to show your appreciation by acknowledging the time and effort that went into each letter that is completed on your behalf.