With regards to college admissions, there are two situations when a student will need letters of recommendation. The first is when the school actually requires them as part of the application process. Students should go to their prospective schools’ admission websites and read through the application requirements to ensure that they submit all necessary materials. The second situation in which a letter of recommendation may be needed is when a student is on the “bubble” in terms of admission standards (e.g., GPA, class rank, ACT/SAT scores, high school courses, etc.). Most colleges publish their admission criteria on their website or provide statistics for the middle fifty percent of admitted freshmen students. If a student finds that his or her GPA, class rank, and/or ACT/SAT score(s) fall just below, at, or above the published admission standards, it may be in his or her best interest to send a letter of recommendation along with the other application materials. A well-written letter of recommendation may be the deciding factor and could help the student earn a spot in the freshman class.
The Letter of Recommendation Request can be filled out and given to the person who is writing you a letter. Please give at least two weeks to write the letter.