This post will discuss in detail about the Letter Of Recommendation (LOR) that Universities ask along with the other details while you apply to the Universities for your MS or PhD or MBA. This post will completely focus on the types of LOR that Universities ask you, Structure of LOR and common faqs related to LOR. So let’s discuss for better understanding.
What Is LOR?
I suppose many Students might be knowing what a Letter Of Recommendation (LOR) is but to give you a general idea, LOR provides information from a former Professors or Employers who have been personally involved with the candidate. This outside source provides a valuable record of the candidate’s previous experience and can testify to his or her skills and abilities.
Types Of LOR: –
There are generally two types of LOR a University can ask you.
- Online LOR (Like a Feedback Form about the Student)
- Hard Copy LOR (which is in writing from your Professor/Employer).
Online LOR’s: –
Online LOR’s are nowadays most popular among various Universities in the US. To give you an idea about Online LOR, it is like a Feedback Form that you fill after you have received a service from anyone. It’s similar to that. You need to provide the email id’s of the people who will be recommending you while filling the online form for the University. The University will send a form which the Recommenders will fill up. They need not write anything but just rate you for different qualities.
Questions that are generally asked to the Recommenders about you are: –
- Your Qualities like Punctuality, Leaderships etc.
- Communication Skills.
- Regarding your Passion towards Subjects.
- Your Analytical Ability during Classes and Practicals.
- Overall Review.
- Additional Points that Recommenders can add.
This is just a overall view that I have given regarding the Questions that the Recommenders get. In all the Questions the Recommenders have to rate you. The Scale can be Out of 10 or 5. After Recommenders have rated you, they get a Space where they can add additional points (This differs from one to another Universities. Some Universities provide while others don’t).
So this is an Overview with respect to Online LOR’s.
Hard Copy LOR: –
These are the traditional LOR where the Recommenders have to write about the Student they are referring to. The length of the Recommendation should ideally be one Microsoft Word Page. So let’s talk about the ideal points that should be included in the LOR, so that it gives an overall view to the University regarding you.
Points to be included in the LOR: –
- Leadership Qualities.
- Liking Towards the Subjects.
- Analytical Abilities or The Way you Tackle the Problems.
- Communication Skills.
- Knowledge Level.
- Extra Circular Activities.
So these are the points and there may be some more, but these are the main points that the LOR should have it. As you can see the points mentioned above provides a complete detail regarding the Student, from his/her liking towards the Subjects to Communication Skills to Leadership Qualities.
You may have seen some standard formats in various Website with respect to the LOR, but ideally there is no Standard Format. Just Remember LOR should include the above mentioned points.
Faqs Related To LOR’s: –
1. How many LOR’s are Required?
A minimum of 3 LOR’s are required nowadays in all the Universities in the USA.
2. Which Professors to Choose for the LOR?
Choose two Professors that teach you a Particular Subject. For example if you are a CS student, you can choose two Professors who teach, lets say Data Structures and Computer Graphics. Choose One Professor whose has been a guide for you in the Final Year Project. This is the ideal way to choose the Professors.
3. I am Working, How Can I Choose the Recommenders?
If you are Working then you can get a one LOR from your peer in your Workplace. A Peer can be your Manager, Team Lead etc. The Renaming two LOR’s have to be from Professors who have taught you. In special cases as in IF you opting for MS in MIS or Masters in Engineering Management, you can get two LOR’s from your Company and one from your Professor.
4. How to know whether University Requires Online/ Hard Copy LOR’s?
It differs from one to another University. Some require both while other just require Online LOR. SO you need to check that in the University Website for more Information.
5. Will I be knowing whether Recommenders have Received Online LOR to fill up?
Yes, University will send you a mail stating that they have mailed the Online LOR form to your Recommenders. After filling that form and after your Recommenders have submitted it you will again receive a mail stating that Recommenders have submitted the Online LOR Form.
If you have any other Queries that you may want me to add please suggest in the comment box below. I hope this post was useful.