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Asking for Letters of Rec

AUGirlAUGirl Registered User Posts: 2,890 Senior Member
edited February 2013 in College Life
I have to ask for two letters of rec for my study abroad program. They're due on the first of March, so I suppose I'm already a bit behind on asking for them. My goal is to ask two professors for them this week, so hopefully three weeks is enough notice.

Anyways, the two professors I'm asking for letters from are not my current professors. I had them both last semester. One is my advisor and the other was a teacher I had for my Theatre major.

The question is, would it be appropriate to ask over email since I don't know their current office hours and don't see them often? Or should I really go in and ask for it in-person?

I don't want to be disrespectful, but I also want to ask them with as much notice as possible and email would be the fastest since I don't know when they're available. Thoughts?
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Replies to: Asking for Letters of Rec

  • xraymancsxraymancs College Rep Posts: 4,247 Senior Member
    I don't mind when students ask me for letters by email but if in your message, you offer to go see them it would be good.
  • mikemacmikemac Registered User Posts: 9,551 Senior Member
    To me it sounds a bit disrespectful to ask them to do in via an email; you're asking for some of their time but can't be bothered to stop by and ask face-to-face. Even if you don't know their office hours, all it takes is walking by their office and looking at the card they put up listing their current class and office hours (at least profs at several colleges I know aobut do this). And if that's the case, they know it too so claiming you don't know their office hours isn't much of an excuse.

    Here's an idea. Almost all profs say they see people during office hours or by appt. So send an email asking for an appointment. In it mention that you're applying for a program that needs a letter of req, so you'd like to meet to request one. That shifts the decision to their shoulders. They either set up a meeting, or they reply there's no need to meet and ask for the details.
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