LETTER OF RECOMMENDATION (LOR)Access the Letter of Recommendation (LOR) Request Form HERE.If you need to have a letter of recommendation written for you as part of a college or scholarship application, please provide this completed form to the "writer." Please consider completing and saving a copy of this form on your own computer, as you may need to request letters from multiple people.LOR Guidelines:
1. Who should I ask to write a Letter of Recommendation (LOR) for me?
- LORs are usually written by adults who know you well and can attest to the quality of your work and character. In selecting a teacher to write a LOR for you, consider your academic strengths and the academic area you plan to choose as a major. For example, if you plan to major in the health field it would be natural to have a science or math teacher write a LOR for you. If you plan to enroll in the building trades program, it would make sense to have the teacher of that program write a LOR for you.
- If you are asked to select an adult that is not a teacher, you can ask an adult who is an employer, coach, youth group leader, or community club leader.
- Do not ask a close relative to write a LOR, as this is not considered appropriate (unless otherwise noted).
2. How do I ask a person to write a LOR for me?
- First, ask the person if they would be available to write a letter for you. Be polite and considerate of their time. Hand them (or email) a completed copy of the Letter of Recommendation Request Form to help them gather information about you. If the individual declines to write a letter, don't pressure him/her to reconsider; simply ask someone else.
- Give the person plenty of time to write your LOR; at least two weeks is recommended.
- Know if the application requires a personal letter or a recommendation form and provide the correct information to the person. If it is a personal letter, than you need to give the writer the name and address information of who needs to receive the LOR.
- Use the school counseling office's LOR Form to provide the writer with information about you that can be included in their letter or form. Yes, they most likely know things about you, but every letter writer wants to be accurate and by giving them a resume of your activities you are helping them to write you the best LOR.
- Provide a stamped, pre-addressed envelope.
- If it is a recommendation form that needs completed, please be sure to fill in your personal information as a courtesy to the LOR writer.
- If you plan to submit LORs throughout your senior year, than let the writer know that so they will be prepared if you ask them again at a later date. Most teachers will save your initial LOR and update as needed.
3. What about recommendation forms that need completed by my school counselor?
- If a recommendation form for your college application is to be completed by your School Counselor, then it will be completed and mailed with your application/official high school transcripts. If applying on-line, please be sure to download or print the form and bring it to your counselor.
4. The Recommendation Form to waive or not to waive?
- Most applications will ask if you waive the right to see the LOR. This is a personal decision. If you do, you will probably not see the letter that has been written for you; it will be sealed and returned to the guidance office or mailed directly. If you do not waive your right to see it, you may have the opportunity to review the content, but the writer may choose NOT to write a letter to begin with if they are uncomfortable with this.
5. What else should I do?
- Thank the individuals who do write letters for you. They took time out of their day to do this "favor" for you, and it's nice for them to know that you appreciate their help. If you are accepted at the college or receive the scholarship this is great information to share with them too.