An academic letter of recommendation is a letter that highlights a student’s academic history, character, and academic or career goals. The letter expands upon a student’s report card or transcript, providing insight into what kind of student and/or potential employee they are. The key is to seek academic letters of recommendation from a teacher that you are confident will write what you want the hiring company or academic institution to hear.

Sample Academic Letter of Recommendation

To Whom It May Concern,

Dear Sirs,

I am writing this reference for [INSERT STUDENT’S NAME], a student I was fortunate to teach during her four years at the [INSERT UNIVERSITY]. It is with great pleasure that I provide this academic letter of recommendation.

As both [INSERT STUDENT’S NAME] academic adviser and professor of [INSERT SUBJECT TAUGHT], I have watched her grow into a passionate and knowledgeable individual.

In addition to having firsthand knowledge of [INSERT STUDENT’S NAME] academic work ethic and dedicated abilities to meet the expectations of her program, I have experienced her ability to work as a leader on group projects.

[INSERT STUDENT’S NAME] is extremely hardworking, her dedication to completing assigned projects is unparalleled. I cannot think of anyone more deserving and I wholeheartedly support her application to your university. I am confident that you will be just as impressed with her as I am and I urge you to consider admitting her to your institution. Please feel free to contact me with any additional questions you may have regarding [INSERT STUDENT’S NAME] at [INSERT PHONE NUMBER] or email, [INSERT EMAIL OF THE REFEREE].

Yours faithfully,


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