How important are letters of recommendation? Letters of recommendation are required for almost every graduate school application and are a very important part of the application process. Usually grades and test scores factor in most heavily; however, your letters of recommendation could be the deciding factor in the admission process.
What information do my letter writers need to write good letters? You can help your letter writers write enlightening letters by giving each of them a portfolio comprised of:
~ A cover note that includes: Information on how to get in touch with you in case they need to reach you. What you would like emphasized in each letter. A list of schools to which you are applying, and due dates, with the earliest due date at the top. Any other information that is relevant. Open and close your note with thanks and acknowledgement that the letter writer’s time is valuable and that this letter is important to your professional future.
~ Recommendation forms - To make it easy for your letter writer to complete forms in a timely manner, complete the following: Applicant information typed in. Recommender’s name, title, contact info (telephone, fax, address etc) typed in.
~ Your unofficial (telebears) transcripts (note courses you took with them).
~ A draft of your statement of purpose.).
~ A copy of your best work in the course (with instructor comments on it), lab evaluations, projects, etc.).
~ Your resume.).
~ Stamped and addressed envelopes to send letters and forms directly to the Career Center Letter Service or schools of your choice.