Subject line: [CLASS TITLE] student requesting letter of recommendation for [PURPOSE]

Dear Professor [Last Name]* 

Good morning/afternoon! I am a student in your [XXX] class this semester and am working on [project or product description, or paper title].

I am currently applying to [# + Type of Application—scholarship, fellowship, internship, graduate program, job]. As part of the application process for each, I have been asked to provide a letter of recommendation from a professor, and I am hoping that you will consider writing such letters for me. I thought to ask you because I have really enjoyed being in your class [give an example of something you learned in the class] and particularly appreciated your [give an example of how they personally were helpful or impactful to you].

I am applying to:
NAME [Application due XX/XX/XXXX]
NAME [Application due XX/XX/XXXX]
NAME [Application due XX/XX/XXXX]

I have attached a document with potential points to highlight to inform a general letter, given my participation in your class, as well as brief paragraphs explaining my reasons for applying to each program. I can also share my application materials—or anything else—with you if that would be helpful.  If you agree to write letters on my behalf, I will send detailed instructions for how to submit each letter.

Please let me know what else you need from me or what questions you have.

Thank you for your time and for considering my request!



*Use the title they use for themselves. If they haven’t specified, “Professor [Last Name]” is preferred.