How did you ask for a rec letter?

  • Phone

    Votes: 1 3.8%
  • Email

    Votes: 5 19.2%
  • In person

    Votes: 20 76.9%
  • other, please mention below.

    Votes: 0 0.0%

  • Total voters


Moderator Emeritus
15+ Year Member
Apr 24, 2002
Wild west of Mistytown
Hi mary,

I would suggest in person. That way you can discuss with them what you are looking for them to write as well as give them a copy of your resume. Also if its been awhile they might not recognize the name off the bat but might recognize the face. I would never ask for a LOR over email or phone unless they were not in my area. Then I'd ask over the phone. Much more personal. :luck:

Sol Rosenberg

Long Live the New Flesh!
10+ Year Member
Feb 12, 2006
Living in America
Attending Physician
While you really should do this in person, I had one Prof. that was REALLY busy (I think he was up for tenure.) When I tried to make an appointment to see him (he wasn't teaching classes that semester and didn't have any office hours,) he pretty much wouldn't agree to see me until I told him what it was about. I eventually asked him in email, and he said something like "Sure, I'd be happy to -- there's no need for you to stop by, just send me PDFs of your CV, etc."

I would highly recommend asking in person, however (which I did for all of my other LORs -- except for a former boss that now lives in India.)
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D.o. or Die
10+ Year Member
Nov 16, 2004
With my husband, my kids, and the hellcat
Resident [Any Field]
i did it via email but offered to meet with them in person. i ended up meeting with one and just mailing the resume/personal statment to the others. i feel it worked out well but we'll see if I get in anywhere... I'm a bit social-phobic and so are most profs.

Beau Geste

yah mo b there
Bronze Donor
10+ Year Member
Jun 10, 2005
Between Heaven and Hell, benching like crazy
Resident [Any Field]
Hi mary, I can't vote because I'm doing it both face to face and through e-mail. One professor I need a letter from in is Virginia and I'm in Illinois. So e-mail is the best option for me. I also asked my current A&P II instructor for one last Thursday after class (our class ends in 2 weeks).

Hope this helps.


10+ Year Member
5+ Year Member
Jul 7, 2006
Medical Student
i agree. in person is best. i did this will all my recommenders but one, since that would be a very expensive "in person" request (he's in cali, i'm in florida).


10+ Year Member
7+ Year Member
May 22, 2005
Medical Student
I called the college and found out that the professor was out for the summer so I send her an email. That worked. I mailed her a package with my info (PS, CV and transcripts) and then she mailed a letter to Interfolio.
The second professor I went to see in the office.
The third one I emailed and planning to see him soon.
I think the best way to do it is to make an appointment and see them in person.
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