Applying to Graduate School

  Letters of Recommendation

Most graduate/professional programs require three letters of recommendation. The following are commonly asked questions regarding letters of reference. 

1. Who should write my letters?

2. What materials should I give my letter writers to help them write a well-informed recommendation?

3. Is it better to have a high prestige/status instructor write the letter even if they don't know me as well, or is it better to have a lower-ranked instructor write it if they know my abilities better?

4. Is it better for me to waive my legal right to see the letters of reference that are written about me?

5. If a letter mentions a weakness of mine, will the letter work against me?

6. If I don't apply to graduate school my senior year but I'm planning to later, when should I get my letters of reference?