Rutgers Newark Home Page Rutgers Camden Home Page Rutgers New Brunswick Home Page Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences Home Page Rutgers Universitywide Home Page Search Rutgers RaiderNet login


  • Home
  • Reference Writing Guidelines



   As a Faculty or Staff member at Rutgers University, you may be asked to write a letter of reference for a student or alumni to assist them in their graduate school application process or in obtaining a professional position. The following information can be useful for you as you write a letter of reference.

  1. Above all, reference letter writers need to speak candidly with students regarding their ability to serve as a reference.
  2. Having agreed to serve as a reference writer ... "Stick to the Facts"- reflect on the student's performance in class, on projects, and examinations.
  3. Avoid providing information that is outside of direct personal observation.
  4. Comments indicating a student's gender (other than name), sexual preference, marital status, race, color, religion, disability, and/or nation of origin are NOT permissible.


The Career Development Center offers an on-line Credentials File Service that simplifies the process for reference letter writers.

The following link will provide more information about the ON- LINE CREDENTIALS FILE SERVICE and how it can simplify the process to provide letters of reference for students.