Each year, faculty and staff receive numerous requests from students to prepare letters of recommendation. These letters can weigh heavily in decisions for scholarly pursuits or employment. In fact, a strong reference letter may make the difference to a student in gaining admission or selection.
Should You Write a Letter?
We urge all faculty and staff who are asked to write letters of recommendation to make thoughtful decisions about whether or not to provide a reference. You are not obligated to write letters when asked. It may be in a student's best interest that you decline the request if you do not feel that you know the student well enough or cannot support his/her candidacy. The most helpful letters will be written by those who have meaningful knowledge about the student.
The following links provide useful tips and information about writing reference letters:
Sample Reference Letters
Last Updated: 3/5/12