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Guidelines for Letters of Recommendation:
  • Before asking me to write you a letter of recommendation, please read the following guidelines. As your goal is to get the best letters of recommendation possible, my goal is to write the best recommendations possible for my students. These guidelines are provided to help us both:

  • For me to write a great letter, I should know you and your academic abilities pretty well. I generally do not write letters of recommendation for people I have only had in one class (especially if that class had more than 100 people in it). 

  • Set up an appointment with me through email ( or stop by during my office hours to request a letter.  This should be at least a month before your first letter is due.

  • Once I have agreed to write your letter, I need all the materials to do so at least 3 weeks before your first deadline.  Materials should be emailed to me in one email. Here is a list of the materials that I will need:

  1. A copy (unofficial is fine) of your college transcripts.

  2. A copy of your vita or resume

  3. A copy of your personal statement

  4. A signed FERPA release form allowing me to disclose information about you in the letter. You can find this form below.

  5.  Fill out the letter of recommendation form linked below. 

  6. Your contact information (email, phone, address, etc).

  7. If you are applying to graduate school, please include an excel sheet with the information where each letter should be sent or the list of schools you are applying to. 

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