Create a college letter of recommendation template.

Strengthen your chances for admission with an expertly crafted letter of recommendation.

A college recommendation letter is a document that endorses your character as a potential student. They’re used to strengthen your chances of getting into college, and they’re usually brief, formal, and positive.

Students can ask other people, for example their teachers, to write the letter. Or, students can write their own and ask others to sign them. Since students often apply to more than one college, they may need more than one letter of recommendation, so it’s a good idea to have a template on hand to help it both be written and sent faster. Either way, here’s how to write a college letter of recommendation template, along with a few ideas to get you started.

How to write your letter.

Your letter of recommendation should begin by explaining how the person who signs the letter knows you. Maybe they’re friends or family members, or teachers or employers. You can write out how long you’ve known one another and how you met, too.

Next, include sections that prove someone really knows you. Give these ideas a try:

This way, the admissions officer reading your letter will have a clearer idea of who you are and why you’re a great fit for their college.

Get your letter signed.

Once your letter is ready, it’s time to get it signed. Some students ask parents or friends to endorse them. But in most cases, it’s better to get an employer or teacher signature instead. Remember to convert your document to PDF before you start sending it along with applications.

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