Definition: An academic letter of recommendation is typically written by a teacher for a current or former student. The letter may serve one of a variety of purposes; it may be a recommendation for college, a scholarship, a special college program, or a fellowship. Sometimes students also require academic recommendations when applying for jobs or internships, particularly if the job relates to their academic interests. When high school students apply to their first jobs, they may rely on academic recommendations due to their lack of work experience.
An academic letter of recommendation is a 1-2 page letter that highlights a student's academic history, character, and academic and/or career goals. The letter expands upon a student's report card or transcript, providing insight into what kind of student and/or potential employee they are.
Guidance counselors, administrators, and supervisors may also write academic letters of recommendation for students.
How to Write a Letter of Recommendation
Advice on how to write a letter of recommendation, including what to include in each section of the letter, how to send it and sample letters of recommendation for employment and academics.
Letter Of Recommendation Samples
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