Recommendations

What is the best way to request letters of recommendation from faculty?

Let the faculty member know the purpose of the letter, give him/her any materials that might be helpful and enough time to write the letter, and don’t be afraid to follow up if a deadline is approaching. Feel free to email Abby if you have questions about strategies or logistics. The OCS Letter of Recommendation page also has some helpful tips.

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What is the benefit of having recommendations kept on file in the House?

The House dossier service is a great way to “bank” recommendations as you take courses, i.e., before professors forget who you are. If you decide to apply to a different program or want a more updated recommendation a few years from now, we can always send the old letter back to the faculty member for a revision.

Note: You would need to complete a new waiver form for each version of the letter.

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