Sample Letter of Recommendation - Undergraduate Student
===Sample Letter of Recommendation===
To Whom It May Concern:
XXXXXX is an extraordinary young woman. As her AP English Professor, I have seen many examples
of her talent and have long been impressed by her diligence and work ethic. I understand that Cheri is
applying to the undergraduate business program at your school. I would like to recommend her for
Cheri has outstanding organizational skills. She is able to successfully complete multiple tasks with
favorable results despite deadline pressure. As part of a semester project, she developed an
innovative collaborative novel with her classmates. This book is now being considered for publication.
Cheri not only headed the project, she ensured its success by demonstrating leadership abilities that
her classmates both admired and respected.
I must also make note of Cheri's exceptional academic performance. Out of a class of 150 students,
Cheri graduated with honors in the top 10. Her above-average performance is a direct result of her
hard work and strong focus.
If your undergraduate business program is seeking superior candidates with a record of achievement,
Cheri is an excellent choice. She has consistently demonstrated an ability to rise to any challenge that
she must face.
To conclude, I would like to restate my strong recommendation for Cheri Jackson. If you have any
further questions regarding Cheri's ability or this recommendation, please do not hesitate to contact
me using the information on this letterhead.
What makes an effective letter of recommendation? What format and content is appreciated in
admissions offices? And most importantly, what does a good letter look like?
The Introductory Paragraph
Start off with a simple To Whom it May Concern (Bonus points for knowing the name of an
Admissions Counselor, as it suggests the student has done research into the school's Admissions
Office, but it's not necessary). Dear Admissions Officer or the standard Dear Sir or Madam are
The first line should state who the letter is being written for. Admissions officers should not have
to fish for the name of the student; it should be front and center. I am writing this letter on behalf
of (name of student) is sufficient. Letter of Recommendation for (Name of Student) as a header
(centered, before or even in place of the salutation) is also a clear way to make that statement.