Credential Services for Recommender

Thank you for your support of Villanova students. The Letter of Recommendation process is an integral part of a student’s job search or graduate search process and your support is appreciated

Letters of Recommendation can be submitted by mail, email or by the online form.

To Submit Letters of Recommendation

By US Mail

Attn: Credentials Secretary

Villanova University Career Center
Garey Hall Suite 117, 800 Lancaster Avenue
Villanova, PA 19085

By Intercampus Mail

Address to Credentials Secretary, Career Center, Garey Hall Suite 117


You will receive a confirmation email when you submit the form, the electronic signature will be verified and the letter printed on Villanova University Letterhead by the Career Center.

By Email

Scan a signed paper letter of recommendation or fill out the Interactive PDF form and email to



Tips for Writing an Effective Letter of Recommendation

While the content of your letter is entirely up to you, here are some general recommendations for what topics to address and where.

First Paragraph

This is your opening statement. Your opening sentence can often communicate volumes. If you are pleased, or even honored, to be writing a letter of recommendation for the individual -- say so! A generic, bland opening sentence might show a disinterest in writing the letter. Your first sentence should state your purpose. Your second sentence should be how you know the individual and how long you have known them.

Second & Third Paragraph

The body of your letter should include specific examples and traits related to the individual. The more relevant you can make these examples to the position being pursued, the better.

Fourth Paragraph

Your closing statement should express your specific recommendation. Show your confidence in the individual and reiterate any final points you feel necessary. When closing your letter, reiterate your overall recommendation of the candidate. Invite the reader to contact you if they have any further questions.