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.

Letter of RecommendationSample 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.  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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