Finally, this section also makes some observations about the student’s personal qualities, which gives a university valuable insight into their character. The rest of the recommendation letter can build on this.
Body text: discuss the student as an all-round individual
A letter of recommendation can also go on to discuss a student’s all-round contribution to school life. This allows a teacher or counselor to further build on their argument for why the student is a good candidate for their chosen university course, and can help to place their academic achievements in a wider context. So the next section of the recommendation may look like this:
David’s energy and intellect has seen him excel outside the classroom, and he’s made a valuable contribution to school life. He has represented our school as a delegate for Model United Nations, and demonstrates an understanding of world affairs and current events which has served to make him a highly skilled public speaker. His love of literature has also seen him contribute some fantastic articles to our school newspaper, and he certainly has an instinct for a compelling story.
In all aspects of school life, David demonstrates drive and a love for learning which I have no doubt will see him excel in his future career. His warmth, intelligence and good humour makes him a joy to teach, and a constant inspiration to his fellow students.
This would be the kind of recommendation letter written by a teacher who knew their student well. Again, it uses specific examples to show how this student has participated fully outside of the classroom, and gives an admissions committee an insight into the student’s overall character.
These personal insights can form a great bridge into the conclusion for your letter, as you reiterate why a student’s strengths will make them ideally placed to thrive in their chosen college degree course.
Conclusion: a clear & positive endorsement
You’ve stated why your student is such a great fit for their chosen college and degree course – now it’s time to give the reader a full, final expression of your confidence in this applicant.
Your conclusion should ideally be a short, concise paragraph. Here’s an example of how to sign off in style.
I have no doubt that the qualities that have enabled David to succeed in every aspect of school life will continue to serve him well in in his future studies. I would recommend him unreservedly to any university institution.
A letter should close by using powerful language to really sell your student, and express hope and optimism for their life post-secondary school. Remember, if you’ve used lots of evidence and specific examples in your letter, the conclusion should take care of itself.