Requesting letters of recommendation
Sample Request for Letter of Rec for Grad School
Subject: Letter of Recommendation Request for Jane Doe
Dear Professor Johnson,
I was hoping you would be willing and able to write me a letter of recommendation. My name is Jane Doe, and I was at the university from 2007 to 2011, graduating with a B.A. in English. I was fortunate enough to take two classes with you: Creative Writing (winter semester of ’10, receiving an A) and Advanced Creative Writing (summer semester of ’11, receiving an A+). I am excited to be applying to grad school to earn my MFA in Creative Writing and would need a recommendation letter from you no later than December 1, 2012.
After researching numerous programs, I fell in love with the program at the University of Texas, Austin. I actually remember you mentioning the program in class one day, and you had nothing but good things to say about it, as I believe a writing partner of yours teaches there. So, when it came time to finding the program that would be right for me, I kept Austin at the top of my list. I soon realized that between the great professors, varied course offerings, and focus on short fiction, this would be the perfect place for me to grow as a writer.
You were there when I first decided to start my collection of fiction, and you saw how that collection evolved and changed over the course of a year. If it weren’t for your encouragement, I would have never submitted my “Kite Girl” story to the school’s writing contest and won. I was also able to get it published in a local writer’s journal, and I owe it all to your sage advice and extensive knowledge.
The letter would need to be mailed directly from you to the UT Austin writing program and must be postmarked no later than February 1, 2012. If you are able to write the recommendation, I will send you a stamped and addressed envelope for your convenience and email you a reminder two weeks before it is due.
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