Importance of Letter of Recommendation

Gauri Khatri

Gauri Khatri

Founder, Pegasus Global Consultants

The Letter of Recommendation (LOR) is an essential document for admission to foreign universities and provides the Adcom a comprehensive insight into your strengths and weaknesses. The LOR serves as a validation of achievements mentioned in your supporting documents and highlights your potential as a suitable candidate for the program. To make a favourable impression choosing the right recommender is as crucial as picking the right university. Letter of Recommendation can be broadly classified into two categories:


· Academic LOR: A letter provided by a faculty member of your alma mater (school, College). This recommendation is an expert’s attestation on the skills and research and publications mentioned in the resume.

· Professional LOR: This letter is of vital importance in seeking admission to graduate programs, especially in Business school. A professional recommendation endorses a candidate’s leadership and teamwork and collaborative abilities as well as domain knowledge.


Points to consider before submitting a recommendation letter:


· Most universities require the letter to be on the official letterhead.

· Students applying for MBA should ensure the professional recommender is equipped to provide instances of your ability to contribute and uphold the values of a company.

· Pay attention to the formatting and overall a

ppeal of the letter.

· A university may ask for the recommender’s email address to verify the authenticity. Ensure you provide correct information to avoid unintended misunderstanding.

· Avoid Letter of Recommendations from family and friends to avoid a bias impression.

· The choice of the recommender is your decision and be realistic about your rapport with the recommender.


Any university will ask for at least 2 to 3 LOR’s and the letter is conclusive proof of not just your resume but personality as well. An honest and impartial endorsement can do wonders for your candidature and exhibit your preparedness to handle the pressure of graduate studies.

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