Guidelines for Students Requesting a Letter of Recommendation

Please provide recommender with sufficient advance notice to meet the September 11, 2018 deadline.

  • Select a Villanova University faculty member or administrator who knows you well and who can speak to your academic, leadership and community service accomplishments/contributions during your years at Villanova University.  It is similar to selecting someone to serve as a reference for a job application.
  • Meet with that person and personally request they write your letter of recommendation. 
  • Advise this person of the criteria for selection to Who’s Who in American Universities and Colleges and the due date for the Letter of Recommendation (September 11, 2018).
  • Provide this person with the link to the Faculty/Administrators Letter of Recommendation Guidelines.
  • Provide that person with your resume.
  • Understand that you may ask a person to write you a Letter of Recommendation, but that person may not feel fully qualified or comfortable with doing so.  If that occurs, thank them for being forthright and select another person.
  • If the person agrees to write your Letter of Recommendation, enter your recommender’s information and email address in the application – make sure it is accurate.  IF YOU FAIL TO COMPLETE THESE STEPS ACCURATELY YOUR RECOMMENDER WILL NOT BE NOTIFIED AND YOUR APPLICATION WILL NOT BE PROCESSED.
  • The person listed in the email address will receive an email with instructions on how to submit the Letter of Recommendation electronically.
  • You will be able to check the status of your Letter of Recommendation in your application which will indicate if it has been recieved.
  • It is imporant that you remain in communication with the person writing your Letter of Recommendation to ensure it is submitted in a timely manner.


The University's minimum criteria for selection to Who's Who are:

  • Demonstrated leadership ability.

  • Substantial community service.

  • Consistent involvement in University co-curricular and extra curricular activities.

  • Good disciplinary status as determined by the Dean of Students Office.

  • Senior Class status and graduating either December 2018 or May 2019.

  • Good academic standing with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.25.