While Arizona’s public universities (ASU, NAU, & UofA) do not require a letter of recommendation as part of the application for admissions, you may need one for specialized programs (such as honors programs). In addition, other colleges/universities and scholarship programs may require one.
When you request a letter of recommendations from a counselor, teacher, employer, or community member, be sure to:
- Make sure that the person you ask to write your recommendation knows you well.
- Make personal contact (preferably via an appointment) with the person you intend to ask. Asking is courteous and will ensure that the writer’s schedule will allow him/her to respond to your deadline.
- Always give the writer at least TWO WEEKS NOTICE (preferably more). It takes time to write a good letter and you deserve the best.
- Give the writer a copy of your Recommendation Request form with completed resume (on Naviance). This will provide the writer with important information about you which will increase the quality of the recommendation.
- Be sure to thank the writer! A verbal and/or personal note reflects your manners and an understanding of the time and effort given to write your letter of recommendation.