Student Recommendation Letter Template – with Samples

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Updated April 14, 2022

The student recommendation letter is a reference, usually by a former teacher, of a student’s work ethic, personality, and how they react with other people. A recommendation should be provided by the teacher for any individual applying to college, graduate school, an MBA, or any position where a former teacher’s acknowledgment would be helpful. The letter is to be written by the former teacher and sent directly to the party that is requesting the reference.

Types of Student Letters

College (High School Student) Recommendation Letter – For high school students applying to college.

Fraternity Recommendation Letter – For college students pledging to be in an organized group of men.

Graduate School Recommendation Letter – For those with a bachelor’s degree-seeking additional studies or a master’s program.

MBA Recommendation Letter – Also known as a ‘Masters of Business Administration is a graduate school although usually cannot be started until the applicant has had some real-world experience.

Scholarship Recommendation Letter – For a student seeking a grant to pay for education.

Sorority Recommendation Letter – For college students pledging to be in an organized group of women.

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Who to Select?

A student that is looking to have someone else write a recommendation for them should ask themselves, “who have I been closer to than any other teacher, coach, or faculty member at my school?”. What schools are looking for in the recommendation letter is to get a glimpse of the student’s personality when making the judgment of whether or not to allow the applicant into their school. Therefore, it is best to select someone who can write the most personal of recommendations about the student.

How to Write (Format)

The letter should be a one (1) page



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Sample 1 – College



Sample 2 – Fraternity



Sample 3 – Graduate School


Sample 4 – MBA


Sample 5 – Scholarship


Sample 6 – Sorority