A Letter of Recommendation (LOR) is a way for a university to evaluate your personality using a third person’s perspective.
A third-party opinion matters- An academic LOR would include your professors’ views about you. The way they talk about your abilities as a student is an essential factor for universities to consider. Similarly, a professional LOR would tell universities about your strengths and weaknesses in a professional capacity. Your employer’s views might help the university make the right decision about your admissions.
A document that validates your experience- A great LOR helps you validate your experience and skills. Not only this, the document can talk about your achievements in the professional and academic field, the projects you’ve worked on, and more. This is why you should do some research before choosing a recommender to write the LOR.
NYU requires first-year applicants to submit two letters of recommendation. One must be from a school counselor. The second must be from a teacher who has taught you. The counselor letter provides insight to a student’s college-preparedness and general character exhibited in high school. The teacher letter speaks to a student’s ability in the classroom and level of participation. Both are helpful in our evaluation process. Similarly, both provide information about the applicant that we might otherwise not know. For NYU, a third letter can be submitted if the student feels that this recommendation will provide context that the first two do not.
The program the student has applied to must be clearly indicated and the letter should include information that would aid an admissions committee in making an informed decision.
Letters must be dated and not be more than 12 months old.
The referee must indicate his/her position and full contact information at the institution.
To help you write a powerful LOR, here are some quick pointers to remember:
Be sure to introduce yourself and mention your connection to the student.
Mention the student’s achievements, but more than that, explain how they did it.
Details are the key! It’s important to elaborate slightly on the students’ qualities that you endorse. For example, instead of saying ‘Siya has great social awareness’, it would be better to say, ‘As demonstrated by her volunteer work for several university NGO partnerships, Siya is a socially aware and determined individual’.
While you follow these tips, remember you need to keep the LOR under 500 words!
Pen down your LOR in the standard format, covering all the aspects of a regular LOR
Once this is done, it should be easy for you to divide and edit your content accordingly Reach out to me in case you need any help