Due to the large number of requests for letters of recommendation I receive every year, I can only accept and honor a limited number. The following rules apply:
- Requests for letters due in the Spring must be made in the Fall semester.
- I cannot accept requests for letters due on short notice.
- I must have at least one course grade on record.
- I reserve the right to decline requests from students with whom I don't feel acquainted enough to write a meaningful letter.
From a strategic viewpoint, you might get a more flexible response from instructors that teach relatively small classes, or who teach courses where there is better opportunity for personalized interactions. Consider signing up for research, honors, thesis writing, and other special courses where one-on-one interactions are important. This is an excellent way to boost your resume and develop a network of professional contacts.
Developing a professional network while in college is as important as obtaining good grades. Both become crucial when the time comes to take the next step, whether it is to seek gainful employment, or admission into other schools. Don't wait until you need a letter to do this. It sends the wrong signals and creates unfavorable impressions.
I hope the above will help you better plan your strategy for furthering your professional goals while in college.