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School Application Letter

A school application letter is used to introduce an applicant to the person or selection committee in charge of admissions. This letter can be used for private school admissions for students in grades kindergarten through 12 and for students seeking admission toan undergraduate program at the university level.

Format and Content

Build a rapport with the head of admissions by addressing him or her by name. The school application letter format should include the date, your name and contact information, the name and contact information of the person addressed in the letter, an introductory paragraph that explains your interest in the program, 1 or 2 paragraphs that highlight your skills, achievements and career goals, and a closing paragraph that reiterates your interest in the program and provides your contact information.


In this school application letter sample a student introduces herself to the head of student admissions. She states why she believes she is a good candidate for the school’s art program and includes a paragraph that emphasizes her dedication, skills and personal strengths. In the closing paragraph she includes a statement of appreciation for the time the reader dedicates to review her application materials.

Dear Mr. Paulson:

It is with great enthusiasm that I am submitting my application for admittance into the Interior Design Institute. I am currently a senior at the Austin Academy for the Gifted and will graduate this spring. I have researched the various art programs offered by universities in the South Texas area and firmly believe the one offered by your institution offers the best plan based on my personal career goals and objectives.

My interest in interior design revealed itself at the age of three when I received a dollhouse for Christmas. I spent countless hours decorating and redecorating the rooms in the house, often by using scraps of material and other miscellaneous items I found in our house. I benefited greatly by parents who encouraged my decorating desire by allowing me to experiment by redesigning rooms in our home. In high school, I served as an intern at the Savory Design Firm where I learned the business side of interior design.

In high school, my grades allowed me to take dual-credit classes. As a result, I will begin my undergraduate studies with 12 college credits logged in the earned column. This summer, I will be traveling to Italy and Paris with a group of students to study architecture and design. I am extremely dedicated to my goal of a successful career in the interior design industry. I am a motivated student who believes in education and experience as the path to success. The hands-on programs provided by your institution will allow me to grow and develop as a talented professional in this field.

I am enclosing my application packet along with letters of recommendation for your consideration. I will be happy to answer any questions you may have or to send additional materials if needed. You may reach me by phone at (555)-555-5555 or by email at [email] Thank you for your time and consideration. I look forward to hearing from you soon.


Sara Wilson

Sara Wilson


Interior Design Institute Application Packet

Recommendation Letter from Rose Walker, CEO of Savory Design Firm

Recommendation Letter from Paula Jones, Art Teacher, Austin Academy for the Gifted