Resources for Applying to College

Letters of Recommendation

Whether it is required for a college application or a scholarship opportunity, a letter of recommendation plays a crucial role in painting the complete picture of you. While grades, SAT/ACT exam results, and extracurricular activities all describe the type of student you are, the letter paints an overall picture of your accomplishments, personal attributes, and potential.

  • Whom to ask Teacher, Boss, Coach or Community leader who knows you well. Check the application for guidelines.
  • When to ask Ask the writer at least one month in advance and let them know when it’s due.
  • What to give them  Give the writer a copy of your resume. Letters should be typed, signed, and printed on official letterhead
  • Don’t forget to say thank you!

Resources for students:

  • College Brag Sheet  Use this brag sheet and make it easy for your teachers and counselors to give positive, detailed information about your achievements and your potential.
  • Whom to Ask guidelines  Use this sheet to brainstorm whom you can ask to write a recommendation letter.
  • Resume Template  Here is a template you can use to create your own resume using the information from the brag sheet.
  • How to Request a Letter of Recommendation in Naviance Once you have asked your teacher to write you a letter of recommendation and they have agreed to do this, use these directions to request a letter from them in Naviance.

Resources for counselors/teachers: