Teacher Recommendation Letter for College Template

Instructor: Clio Stearns

Clio has taught education courses at the college level and has a Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction.

As high school teachers, we are often called upon to recommend our students to colleges. This lesson gives you a template you can use for writing such references for your students.

Why Letters Matter

In today's competitive world, it can be hard to know what gives students an edge when applying to college. Many students have good grades and strong test scores, so it can be hard to figure out what makes one student stand out over another. When you write letters of recommendation for your students, you have a great opportunity to use narrative language to describe what makes this particular student unique.

A good letter of recommendation brings a student to life for its readers, who will then be able to understand certain ways this student stands out from the crowd. You want your letters of recommendation to be honest, but you also want to emphasize students' strengths and ways you feel they would contribute to an intellectual and social community on a college campus. If you do not feel you can write a strong recommendation for a student, you should tell them; it is only fair to give them the opportunity to find someone who might be able to speak positively of them.

This lesson offers you a template you can use to recommend your students for admission to college. Let's look at an example if one of your students, Sam, asks you to write a letter of recommendation for him.

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