Sample recommendation letters for US graduate schools

Prof. John Smith
MS, PhD
Dept. of Computer Science.

It gives me immense pleasure in recommending Mr. Joe Doe for the graduate program in Computer Science at your University. I have known him for four years in my capacity as Professor, Department of Computer Science. I have also taught him two theory courses, ‘Introduction to Computer Science’ and ‘System Programming’ and I am teaching him Application Programming.

In this context, I wish to place on record the consistently brilliant academic performance of Mr. Doe during his four years of study.

As per his performance records, he can be placed in the top 10% of a class of 90 students in my subject and is placed on the overall in the top 20%. He is intelligent, inquisitive and yearns to gain an in-depth knowledge. With his determination and hard work I have no doubt that he will succeed in all his endeavors.

His project titled “ABC DEF GHI JKL” conducted at XXX was ranked among the best projects carried out in the department. He has shown the motivation, intelligence, preserving nature and analytical aptitude for graduate study and research. He is extremely co-operative and possesses the capacity to contribute positively while working as part of a team.

In my view Mr. Doe compares favorably with the best among my students. I am sure he will make an outstanding graduate student. I recommend him in the strongest terms for admission to the Graduate Program at your University preferably with financial aid.
Prof. John Smith

To Whom It May Concern:

As the Dean of Stonewell College, I have had the pleasure of knowing Hannah Smith for the last four years. She has been a tremendous student and an asset to our school. I would like to take this opportunity to recommend Hannah for your graduate program.

I feel confident that she will continue to succeed in her studies. Hannah is a dedicated student and thus far her grades have been exemplary. In class, she has proven to be a take-charge person who is able to successfully develop plans and implement them.

Hannah has also assisted us in our admissions office. She has successfully demonstrated leadership ability by counseling new and prospective students. Her advice has been a great help to these students, many of whom have taken time to share their comments with me regarding her pleasant and encouraging attitude.

It is for these reasons that I offer high recommendations for Hannah without reservation.

Her drive and abilities will truly be an asset to your establishment. If you have any questions regarding this recommendation, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Sincerely,

Roger Fleming
Dean of Stonewell College


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My take:There’s no need to be too fussy about recco letters and sops.They matter but not as much as you might imagine.Your undergrad scores and GRE scores are the most important metrics to evaluate your application.So don’t sweat too much over getting the perfect recco letter and sop.

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