Writing an University Application Letter [with Samples]

The letter that helps determine whether or not you will be accepted into the university of your choice is a big feat. The admissions process has increasingly become more competitive. No specific letter-writing approach can promise that you will get admission, but a few tips help you to have a better chance at obtaining acceptance.

Research The University

Study and read everything there is about the university. The main objective is to convey how much you adore this university and that it is perfect for you. Think about it as if you were trying to convince someone to date you.

When looking for someone to go on a date with, you want to know all there is about this person. You would want to know a great deal about this person to be able to communicate effectively. 

Dating is a long process that lets two people to get to know each other better to see if the relationship can develop further. 

The Goal

An university application letter is very similar to the dating process in how it works. The goal is to let the admissions counselor know all about you and to give them enough that they think you might be a good fit for what they have to offer.

The main thing that the letter needs to convey is why you want to attend this specific university. It is important to not embellish too much and end up sounding unrealistic.

Avoid statements like “I think Washington State is the greatest university in the entire world and I’ve desired to go there since I was a child.

Try to honestly lay out all the reasons why you think this university is perfect for you. After all, isn’t this whole reason you’re applying to this university anyway.

Market Yourself

Every university has a type of student that they specifically look for, market yourself as that student. Clearly, you must mention the academic qualifications you have, especially if you are on the honor roll.

While applications do look at academics, admittance is not all based on a person’s academic standing. If the university is known for having an outstanding drama club or sports team, and those areas are something you excel in, then be sure to make mention of this.

Take a look at the brochure for the university; does it talk about community or civic events? If you are involved in different things around the community, mention that. Reading all documentation on the school can give you an advantage.

Clarify that you have something unique to offer. After talking about why you are perfect for the university, start focusing on what the university offers that is good for you. You can focus on anything from the local art club to the desire to be a part of the football team. 

Just because you are an honor roll student won’t necessarily give you an advantage. 

Keep in mind that there will be thousands of other individuals who have great greats applying as well. It is important to showcase why you will be a great addition to the university campus.

Double Check The Letter

The worst thing you can do is submit a letter with grammatical or spelling errors. Have others look over the letter and make sure it is error free.

While it may be a pain, one of the first reasons that and choose one application over another is a badly spelled letter. Below is a sample entrance application letter.

Sample 1 – University Application Letter

Kathy Smith
79809 St. Rt. 139
Jackson, Ohio 45640

April 28, 2020

Ohio State University
1739 N High St
Columbus, OH 43210
Attn: Admissions Department

Dear Admissions Department,

After doing much research about universities in the area that have a Psychology program, I am applying to Ohio State University because of the outstanding reputation and the exceptional reviews that I have read from other recent graduates.

Additionally, I am enthusiastic about Psychology program at the Ohio State University because of the graduate psychology programs that are offered.

Currently, I am just beginning my journey and ready to dive into the undergraduate studies program. My ultimate goal is to finish the Psychology program at Ohio State University.

Once I have completed my undergraduate in psychology, my desire is to continue my studies and enter the graduate program for psychology where I may be a counselor dealing with children.

I am sure this is the correct career path, as I grew up in a family where my father was a counselor and my mother a social worker. My father is a graduate of the Ohio State University, and my mother a graduate of OU University.

Considering both of my parents have similar career paths, I feel like I would be honoring them and their dedication to helping others by entering this field of work.

Pursuing a psychology major is my long-term goal, and I would like to start by earning my Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Ohio State University.

I have attached my application, as well as transcripts, an essay, and all of my letters of recommendation as defined in my admissions packet. I appreciate your time and consideration and look forward to hearing from you soon.


Kathy Smith

Enclosure: Application Form, high school marks list, Advanced Placement scores, SAT scores and all other required information

Sample 2 – University Application Letter

Andrea Hughes
15th Street, Apt. 546
Washington, DC, 20008

April 28, 2020

Name of Head of Admissions
Rutgers University
57 US Highway 1
New Brunswick, NJ, 08901

Dear Name of Head of Admissions:

This letter is a formal request for admission to Rutgers University. I have looked at several universities that offer Bachelor’s degrees in Environmental Applications, and chose Rutgers University because of its commitment to its environmental program.

Your program is very extensive covering many more aspects of global warming than other universities in this state.

For example, you offer courses on the International Union for Conservation of Nature, the Forest Stewardship Council and the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design among other things.

My aim is to participate in forming government environmental policy, and believe that Name of University is the best option to prepare me for this challenge. I have worked for the past two years in a waste management company and helped create innovative approaches to recycling certain items.

Learning as much as I can about sustainable living in different aspects of commercial enterprises, will help me create fair and beneficial public policy.

My application form and all of the required document are enclosed. I hope for a favorable response from you. If you would like arrange an appointment or have any questions, I can be reached at 555-505-1234 or at andrea@email.com. Thank you for your kind attention to my application.



Andrea Hughes
Enclosure: Application Form, high school marks list, Advanced Placement scores, SAT scores and all other required information

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