Sample Academic Recommendation Letter Format

Sample Academic Recommendation Letter Format

[Whenever someone writes a recommendation letter for a student, it is important that it tries to concentrate on the student’s strengths rather than weaknesses. Below briefly focus on Sample Academic Recommendation Letter Format. It is essential to know what program or course the student is planning to apply for. According to that, you can highlight his skills that can complement the course which he is applying for. It is important to note that, if you feel that the candidate does not deserve a seat in a particular program then please do not write the letter. You can modify these samples as per your requirement.]


Sender/Your Name…

Job Designation and Department name…

Date: DD/MM/YY (Date on Which Letter is Written)


Receiver name…

Job Designation and Department name…

Sub: Academic Recommendation Letter

Dear [Reciever’s name],

This reference letter is provided at the written request of [Student’s name], who has asked me to serve as a reference on her behalf. (Describe in your words). It is my understanding that [Student’s name] is being considered by [University name] for admission to the [Name of the program]. (Describe your recommendation).

I have acknowledged [Student’s name] for the past (***) years as he/she has had enrolled for the subsequent courses which I teach: [list courses, give a brief description of the content of course]. (Describe all about academic qualifications). Being his/her professor, I have examined the student’s participation and interaction in class. I would consider this student as a smart individual and hardworking. This is evidenced by his/her grades–[state the grades].

I know that the student would perform (place overall evaluation here). (Cordially describe your greetings and expectation). In case of any doubts, please feel free to contact me.


[Your/Professor’s name]




Another Format, [Email Format]

From: sender mail address,

To: receiver mail address,

Subject: Academic Recommendation Letter

Dear XYZ College Admissions Committee,

It gives me immense pleasure to write a letter of recommendation for (Recommended person name), having served as both his English teacher. (Describe in your words). I believe (name) would be an excellent addition to XYZ College.

During his time in high school, (name) has always challenged himself with whatever task he was assigned to do. (Describe all about academic qualifications). He is an active participant in class discussions and asks genuine questions which help his peers to learn as well. James has a good track record in extracurricular activities. (Describe on job performances) He has worked as the editor of our high school paper for the past three years and has written some wonderful articles. This has earned him an award for the Best Article written for the year. (Describe your recommendation).

I strongly believe that James has a lot to offer to the school/college he is applying for. (Cordially describe your greetings and expectation). If you have any queries regarding (name)’s character or his background, please feel free to contact me at (*****) or


Your Name…

Job Designation and Department Chair…

Institute Name…