Recommendation Letter Sample for a Business School Student

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In order to get into Stanford Business School (one of the most prestigious business schools in the country), you'll need two letters of reference. The school says that stories about a students behavior, impact, and personal qualities (as told by others) play an essential role in the evaluation of each student application. Stanford also advises those writing letters of reference to provide specific examples and anecdotes that illustrate a students ability and desire to make a difference in the world.

This is sound advice for anyone tasked with writing a reference letter to help someone get into business school.

Take Your Role as a Reference Seriously

Someone's future is in your hands and it's not enough to simply express your admiration for the student. Think carefully before you say yes because if you don't know the person that well, or you have some qualms about the person, you should gracefully decline the invitation to write a letter. Also, always write a professional sounding, and looking, business letter using a business letter format and address the letter, "To Whom it May Concern." Use the letter below as a sample and adapt it to the person you know.

Recommendation Letter Sample for Business School

This is an example of a reference letter to get into business school. Download the reference letter template (compatible with Google Docs and Word Online) or see below for more examples.

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Recommendation Letter Sample for Business School (Text Version)

John Smith
123 Main Street
Anytown, CA 12345

September 1, 2018

Janet Cohen
Director, Human Resources
Acme Corporation
123 Business Rd.
Business City, NY 54321

Dear Mrs. Cohen,

I have worked closely with Julie Johnson for the past two years during which time she served as a peer advisor in the Career Services Office at Concord College. I found Ms. Johnson to be an exceptionally motivated and talented young woman who comported herself well in all the endeavors she undertook. I firmly believe that she will be successful in whatever she pursues.

Ms. Johnson has a very sharp and inquisitive mind. She is also very perceptive and able to read people and situations with a great deal of accuracy. Julie is strongly committed to the organizations for which she works and I am confident that as she continues to mature she will be an asset to society. She assertively addresses problems and exhibits a maturity beyond her years in her approach to situations.

Julie has digested large volumes of information in her role as Career Peer Advisor. She has shown the ability to clearly explain complex concepts to our clientele and has developed very strong relationships with her peers and our professional staff.

I am very comfortable with allowing Julie to represent the office to external constituents. This confidence was evidenced by my recent decision to have Julie accompany a group of seniors to a recruiting conference. She effectively interfaced with corporate representatives and gathered a great number of employment leads for students back on campus.

In conclusion, I am certain that Julie will shine as a graduate student and go on to become a very accomplished business person. She possesses the right combination of drive, intelligence, and interpersonal skills required to excel in school, and in life. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions about this extraordinary young woman.


John Smith