Letter of Reference Sample

SALUTATION:

Dear [Name of Employer] or [To Whom it May Concern]

PARAGRAPH 1:

This reference letter is provided at the request of [name of student], who has asked me to serve as a reference on [his/her] behalf. I have known [name of student] for the past [years, semesters] as [he/she] has taken the following courses that I teach: [list courses, give brief description of content of courses]

PARAGRAPH 2:

I was initially impressed with [student’s name] [type of skills] skills when I met [him/her] in [name of class] [his/her] first class under my instruction. [He/she] took charge of the class project and served as an excellent example to [his/her] fellow classmates. [Student’s name] is a highly motivated individual who always puts forth [his/her] best effort in all assigned tasks. [His/her] enthusiasm for the field of [academic major] is remarkable and served [him/her] well as President of the [academic major club]. Recently, [his/her] passion for the field was further demonstrated in my capstone class as [he/she] related practical skills developed from [his/her] internship to theoretical knowledge obtained from the classroom.

PARAGRAPH 3:

I also had the opportunity to serve as [student’s name] academic advisor for the past three years. I have witnessed [student’s name] take advantage of opportunities both in the classroom and through extracurricular activities offered by the university. In conclusion, if [his/her] performance in [my class, organization] is any indication of how [she/he’d] perform in your organization, [student name] would be a positive addition to your staff.

Sincerely,