Who should write my letter of recommendation for pharmacy school?
Most Pharmacy Schools will require two to three letters of recommendations with at least one letter coming from a science faculty member and one from a health care provider (e.g. a pharmacist). Sometimes an optional letter may be provided by a supervisor, advisor, or volunteer coordinator.
A good letter writer will possess some or all of the following qualities:
- Has known you over an extended period of time (at least one year)
- Knows you well and can speak to your personal and/or professional growth
- Can speak to your interests and knowledge of pharmacy
How to get the best recommendations
Think about who would make a great letter writer and start developing a good relationship with these individuals early on. This will make it easier for the letter writer to share positive and detailed information about your growth, achievements, and potential. Here are some ideas on how to break the ice:
- Visit faculty office hours and ask questions about their research
- Participate in class often
- Seek out opportunities to work in a faculty member’s lab
- Attend one of the many faculty networking events that we offer each quarter
- Share and discuss your career goals and passions
How far in advance should I ask my letter writers for my letter of recommendation?
You should give your letter writers at least 3 months in advance to write your letter of recommendation. Some professors are asked to write letters for several students, so it’s to your advantage to ask early to ensure that they have enough time to write you a great letter.
What materials should I provide to my letter writers?
Prepare your letter writers by providing them with the following materials:
- A copy of your transcript
- Your resume
- A copy of your personal statement
- Submission instructions
Remember, always follow up with a thank you note or letter to your letter writers to show your appreciation for their time. If you still have some questions about letters of recommendation, contact our Student Affairs office or come by during our drop-in hours.