Should I ask this professor for a letter of recommendation?
August 25, 2010 3:27 PM Subscribe
Is asking a professor I don't know well for a recommendation a mistake?
posted by wansac to Education (20 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
I am applying to a Masters program over the next couple months. I need 3 letters of recommendation, and I already have 2 really strong ones (one from a professor and one from a TA, both enthusiastic, glowing letters). I am a little stumped about who to ask for the final letter, as my job has a policy of not providing recommendation letters. One professor I am considering I took a class with in the Fall of 2009. This was an advanced, 10 credit Spanish class that I got a 4.0 in, frequently scoring perfectly or better (due to extra credit) on our weekly exams. I did not end up getting to know this professor well and haven't been in touch with him since then (primarily because I did so well in the class that I just didn't need his help very often). Would this be an appropriate person to ask for a recommendation? I am concerned that despite my impressive performance academically, he will either not be able or be unwilling to write my letter due to knowing very little about me outside of the classroom. Applications are not due until February.