Letters of Recommendation: When to Ask

Give your writers at least a month before you want the letter to arrive at our office.


  • Applying with an HPA committee letter this spring? Contact potential writers in March / April, ask by early May -- letters are due to our office by June 1.
  • Senior applying in a future year? Many seniors meet with potential writers before they leave campus so that it's easier to schedule meetings with those writers. If requesting a letter more than a year prior to the time of application, we encourage you to ask your writer to submit a more current letter in your application year (even if it just means changing the date at the top of the letter).