We are primarily interested in letters of recommendation that can tell us about your academic skills and ability to succeed in a doctoral program. Generally, the most helpful letters come from faculty members who know you well. We strongly recommend that at least two of your letters come from people who can speak about your performance in school. If you are working in a setting that is relevant to the program (e.g., for a psychologist), a letter from your employer may be helpful. However, letters from friends, relatives, etc. should be avoided.