LOR Samples for Students

LOR Samples for Students

LOR Samples for Students
Banita KhanalWed Feb 02 2022

LOR (Letter of Recommendation) is a letter written by someone who can recommend you for getting admission to a concerned University. An undergraduate or a masters degree student has to submit a letter of recommendation as a prerequisite of the application process. 

Since LOR determines what your past professors and employers think of your talents and credibilities, it is one of the most important documents that have to be included in the application. 

Universities not only rely on your test scores but also consider the LOR to determine the quality of your application.

Hence a  good LOR can turn the admission decision in your favour. In this article, we explain what a recommendation letter is, who writes it and what are the steps of writing. 

You can also find a few LOR samples for Students at the end of the article.  

What is LOR? Who Writes LOR?

A recommendation letter is a positive endorsement of an applicant. It showcases their talents and abilities. LOR frames the applicant as an ideal candidate for getting admission to the concerned university. 

A good recommendation letter plays an important role in this competitive environment and improves the chances of getting admission.

LOR supports the admission officers in making final decisions in the selection process. 

A letter of recommendation is written by a person with genuine authority and goodwill. He/she should be someone who is trustworthy and unbiased. Try not to ask for a recommendation letter from someone from the family as it would be considered biased and would not be taken seriously by the university. 

An ideal candidate to be considered for a Letter of recommendation is someone:

  • Who knows you well
  • Who has good academic background and achievements
  • Who is your senior professor 
  • Who has completed the degree you are applying for 
  • Who has been your boss or a supervisor
  • Who knows about your academic credentials

How to write a Letter of Recommendation?

If you are writing a Letter of Recommendation for someone, try to make it professional, relevant and personalized. It is important to keep in mind the basic format of  LOR before drafting it. 

You can refer to the following:  

  • Follow traditional formal letter writing rules
  • Praise the student briefly in the first opening paragraph
  • Outline the letter's intent
  • Put in detail why the student is a good fit for admission
  • Write interesting experiences and narratives 
  • Write a closing statement

A good recommendation letter can help someone study in his/her dream university. Writing a recommendation letter is a big responsibility as someone has relied on you to fulfil his/her dream. Follow these tips for writing a  strong recommendation letter:

  • Highlight the candidate's achievements, qualifications, skills and educational background.
  • For future reference, keep a copy of the letter in your records.
  • Write the recommendation letter on your letterhead with your initials on it.
  • Spend  time with the candidate to understand his/her objectives and goals
  • Don't make it too long, brief and relevant explanation about his/her key traits and skills that make them a great fit for the role.
  • Describe the position and personality of the student.
  • Mention positive qualities, achievements and the recommender’s thoughts on the applicant.
  • Mention the relationship the recommender has with the applicant.

Letter of Recommendation: Format 

  • Contact Information

Include your contact information, as well as the recipient’s information at the top of the letter

  • Greetings

If you are writing a personal recommendation letter, address the reader as Dear Dr. <name >

  • Introduction

Explain who asked you to write a recommendation, why were you asked, how do you know that person and for how long. 

  • Body

Write about the person, why do you think he deserves the admission, what is that he/she offers, what makes that person qualified. Write two or more paragraphs about the student's academic and work performance.

  • Conclusion 

Mention your contact details and ask the reader to contact you in case of any confusion. 

At the end close the letter as other formal letters with your name and title. Put your signature underneath your name. 

Samples of LOR for Bachelors 



The admission Committee

<University’s Name> 

I am writing this letter of recommendation for <student’s name> who has applied for admission in <course name> in your university. I have known <student’s name> from <school name> where he/she did a plus 2. I was his/her teacher and have seen his/her work closely. 

<student’s name> has always been determined to do better in every aspect of his/her studies and he/she has excellent academic records. He/she has been sharp in subjects like mathematics, physics and Chemistry.

I have always been fascinated by his/her confidence, ready to take action, active involvement in school activities and his/her leadership. Besides good academics, during school days he used to be an editor of a school magazine that used to be in English. There is no doubt that his English is brilliant. 

On a personal level, <student’s name> is a passionate and hard-working student. I believe he/she deserves this opportunity to continue his/her further studies at your university. Hence I recommend him/her for admission in Bachelor degree in your university. Please feel free to contact me if you have any queries. 

I wish him/her success in his/her future endeavours. 




<school name>

<contact number>



<your name>

<your address>

<your phone number>

<your institutional email address>

<today’s date>

<recipient’s name>

<recipient’s institutional address>

Dear <recipient’s name> OR To Whom it May Concern:

It is my pleasure to recommend <student’s name> for the admission in <course name> in <University name> 

My name is <your name>, I am the head of the Accounts department in <Institution’s name>. I have had the pleasure to know <student’s name> during his/her plus 2. He/she has always been a bright student. 

<student’s name> has always demonstrated ambition and maturity in the classroom. He/She is genuinely interested in developing his/her skills and challenging his/ her abilities as well as being a great role model for his/her peers. He/She has impressed me with his/her calm and calculated attitude. 

In addition to his/ her drive for academic excellence, I’ve also seen him/ her on the golf team where he/ she showed kindness toward other athletes and kept a positive attitude during tournaments.<student’s name> is an exceptional candidate for graduate study in your university. I believe your university will benefit from <student’s name>’s ambitious nature, friendly attitude and affinity to lead others.

His/ her performance in my class is a good indication of how he/ she would perform as a graduate student. He/ she would be an extremely positive asset to your program. Therefore, I highly recommend <name of student> for acceptance into the <Course name>at <university name>.

If I can be of any further assistance, or provide you with any further information, please do not hesitate to contact me. 

You can reach me by phone at <phone number> or by email at<email address>


<Your name>

<Your Institution name> 

Sample of LOR for Master’s degree 

<your name>

<your address>

<your phone number>

<your institutional email address>

<today’s date>

<recipient’s name>

<recipient’s institutional address>

To whom it may concern,

It is my pleasure to recommend <student’s name> to your institution for the Master's in Computer Science program. I am working as a Deputy Head at the Department of Information & Communication Technology in <name of Institute>. I have known <student’s name> for almost 4 years now. Though he already passed out from our institution, I clearly remember him as one of the bright students so far.  

I met <student's name>  when he enrolled for Network Technologies elective during the 6th semester of his undergraduate studies. Though the course was for 6 months, we interacted several times outside the classroom. He also reached out to me post his graduation for professional guidance. He was not only a competitive student but also showed an impressive grasp of technical concepts.

I recall that <student’s name> was a step ahead of most of his peers when it came to experimenting with his learnings. In one application, which was an Android Chess game, he made a multiplayer application where two users could connect their phone wirelessly and play the game in real-time. In the other application, he developed a chat module using TCP/IP in which users could chat with the admins of the app. He would often come to me for guidance during the development of these applications. I felt proud as a teacher to see my student practically implementing his classroom learnings.

<Student’s name> has always impressed me with his time management skills. He would always be on time for his classes and never failed to meet any deadlines. Despite having multiple assignments to complete in a semester, he would neither delay the submissions nor ask for extra time. Besides the course work, he attended workshops and participated in technical events. He was also a member of the Lions Club of the college and actively participated in various social causes.

I strongly recommend <student's name>for his graduate studies in your institution. His keen desire to explore and learn will take him far ahead in life. I wish <student’s name> all the best for his graduate studies. Please feel free to contact me in case you have any queries on this recommendation.


Recommender’s Full Name

Designation – Department

Institute’s Name

Contact Information

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