How to obtain letters of recommendation
You are ready to apply for graduate school or for a job, and you need some
letters of recommendation. Here are some tips that should help you
get the best possible letters from faculty at SFSU.
Choose faculty members who know you well: your thesis advisor, or someone
who has taught you, preferably in more than one class.
Ask each faculty member that you choose if they would be willing to
write a letter for you.
Prepare a package for each faculty member that contains the following:
A list of the schools or employers for whom you are requesting letters,
together with appropriate deadlines
The forms that each school requires. If there is no special form,
please say so. Complete your part of each form. Don't make
the faculty member write your name N times, where N may be
A copy of your SFSU transcript
A statement of purpose, if you are including one with your recommendation,
or a short statement of your goals
If the letter is to a prospective employer, the resume that you have sent
to that employer
A stamped, addressed envelope for each letter