Can I ask for grad school recommendation letters through email?
January 13, 2011 9:44 AM Subscribe
How do I ask for letters of recommendation for grad school when I can't meet with the professors in person?
posted by anonymous to Education (22 answers total) 13 users marked this as a favorite
I recently graduated and immediately moved back to my hometown, several hours away. Now I have decided to apply to grad school and need recommendation letters. Everything I see online points to asking the professors in person, but I don't have a budget that will let me travel back to my college city to do that. Is it appropriate to ask for recommendation letters through email? While I would call, the school won't start up again until early February and I am 90% certain that my profs aren't in residence right now.
Other questions: My application is due March 1. Can I ask right now? What kind of leeway do people like to have when writing these letters?
Also, I am asking two professors from my most recent semester. I worked with them closely. For my third recommendation, I am not sure who to ask: a professor who is higher up in the department hierarchy, or one who is lower on the totem pole and might not even be an adjunct, which I am checking on, but who steered me into a departmental program that is only available to students upon recommendation.
Any other advice for grad school application etiquette would be appreciated.
Anon because I am embarrassed that I don't know more about this process. I am the first person in my family to even go to college and don't have anyone nearby to talk to about this. Thanks.