Letters of Recommendation
The Career Development Center offers Bryn Mawr students lifetime enrollment in their Credential
Services program. This program will compile and submit letters of recommendation on your behalf.
This is advisable if you plan on applying to several jobs or graduate programs simultaneously. With
this program, you only need to ask faculty members to write one letter that will be kept on file and
sent out to various institutions. Career Services will give you the recommendation form to submit to
your professor. You also have the option of updating your file at any time by asking for new letters
to be submitted. Further information about this program is available through that office at
When asking a professor for a letter of recommendation, be sure to include the following
information. The more focused and detailed the letter is, the more effective it will be.
- Full name that you will use in your application
- Expected date of graduation
- The names and dates of the class or classes you took with the professor
- The exact titles of any papers that were particularly memorable that you produced in the
- A brief resume that outlines any additional relevant information including work experience,
extra curricular activities, JYA experiences, awards, language abilities, or specialized skills
- A copy of your letter of application, project description or grant proposal, even if it is only
- If you know you will be applying to a specific type of program or employment sector (law school,
graduate programs in English, graduate programs in other fields, employment in the social service
filed, teaching, marketing, publishing, etc.), please indicate that as well.
- Deadline. This should be at least two weeks before your earliest deadline to ensure Career
Services has enough time to process your package.
If you want a customized letter for a specific graduate program, job,
or fellowship opportunity you also need to include:
- completed forms from the institution in question;
addressed envelopes for each letter of recommendation;
- a complete list of dates each letter is due.
Follow up. Helping your referees manage this process is critical.
Be sure to follow up by email two weeks before each letter is due. These
reminders will not seem annoying - they are welcome supports during a busy recommendation season.