Letters of Reference

Question: How do I request a letter of reference from a professor?

Answer: Follow these easy steps.

Step 1: Select a professor who knows you well.

Step 2: Contact this professor to arrange a time to meet in person to discuss the opportunity.

Step 3: If the professor agrees to write you a letter, send them the following items (some may not apply depending on the opportunity):

  • Your draft personal statement for your application.
  • A copy of your college transcript (an unofficial photocopy is okay).
  • A sample of the best written work that you submitted in one of my classes.
  • Your résumé. For assistance, visit our Career Development Center in Pavilion 110.
  • A complete list of schools or organizations to which you are applying, along with due dates and mode of application (for example, by printed letter, electronic application).
  • A signed and dated Reference Letter Request.


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