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Sample Reference Letter

College reference letter for a former high school student

In the US, it is very common for high school students to enclose letters of reference from their teachers to their undergraduate degree applications. Increasingly, selective universities in other parts of the world include teacher recommendations into their assessment processes.


To Whom It May Concern:
I have known Meadow McDonnell for the past two and a half years, having served as her teacher in both English and Arts at Greenfield High School. I believe that Meadow would be an excellent addition to your institution.

Meadow is a bright and attentive young woman. In class and in her work, she demonstrates that she is an intelligent and capable student with great potential. She has always been among the top students in her class. I am confident that she will thrive in any academic program that she chooses to pursue.

Meadow has also greatly enriched our high school life by engaging in extracurricular activities. She initiated a bridge club, in which now more a dozen students meet regularly to teach themselves the ins and outs of the card game.

I am convinced that Meadow would make a more than valuable contribution to your university, both inside and outside of class. She has my highest recommendation. Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Annabelle Perkins
Greenfield High School