Requesting Letters of Recommendation | University of Portland

Requesting Letters of Recommendation

Before you ask anyone to write a letter for you, explain why you think that person would serve well in this capacity.  Specifically, you should be able to answer: What will this person add to your file that might not be present otherwise? In what capacity has this person known or worked with you, and how will that add to your file?

Once we have met to discuss who you should ask to write for you, then you should ask them — well in advance of the deadline. When asking for a letter, put the question this way, "Do you think that you would be able to write a STRONG letter for me?"

The stronger your letters of recommendation, the better your chances of winning. To that end, provide your recommenders with copies of your personal statements, proposals, and resume.

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