Letters of Recommendation

Many colleges (though not all) require letters of recommendation as part of your application. These should come from a faculty member, advisor/counselor, or staff member who knows you very well. Request these at least three weeks in advance and provide all needed information and forms to whomever you ask.

When requesting that faculty or staff members provide a reference for you, it is common to ask them to include information protected by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). Protected information includes your class grade or overall grade point average, mention of classes you have taken, attendance and other education and classroom related details. In order to allow this, you, as a current or former student, must provide written permission so that FERPA protected information may be shared according to your wishes. Complete the form and provide it to the faculty or staff member(s) at the time of your request.

Always say “Thank You!"