New Students

Drafting Emails to Professors

  • Make sure to use a proper greeting. Begin the email with “Good morning,” “Good afternoon,” or “Good evening.” If you decide to address the professor by name, make sure you use the proper prefix, such as “Dr.,” “Mr.,” “Mrs.,” or “Miss” before their last name.
  • Draft a clear email stating what you need or what question you have. Make sure not to make the email too long or unstructured. Use multiple paragraphs if representing different topics or trains of thought.
  • Be respectful and do not send emails at too late or too early times. Try to avoid sending emails between 9 pm and 7 am.
  • Make sure you let the professor know what course you are in and provide your PeopleSoft ID.
  • End the email with a closing such as “All the best,” “Best,” “Best regards,” “Sincerely,” or “Thanks again.”