Requesting Recommendations

Seniors, it’s time to ask two academic teachers to write letters of recommendation, if you haven’t already done so. The following are helpful tips to aid you in securing these recommendations.

  • Make your requests now in order to give your teachers ample time to write for you, as they will, most likely, be writing for many of your classmates as well.
  • Help your recommenders compose the most effective letters possible by sharing  your current thoughts about college as well as talking to them about, or outlining in a brief note, highlights of your time spent in their classes. Provide them with the appropriate background information so they can write strong letters in support of your applications. Why not give them a copy of your “resume” if you have had experiences outside the classroom that are relevant to their subject matter? This may help them write a letter that ties together all your related experiences.
  • Give each recommender a list of your schools and the application deadlines. Provide each writer with the recommendation form for each college along with a stamped, addressed envelope, if your high school mails in the forms. If your school participates in an online program such as Naviance, your writers will submit their recommendations electronically.
  • Maintain a list of the schools you are applying to and keep track of the recommendations process- jot down the date you gave your teachers the forms and check online or with the college as the process progresses to confirm receipt of the letters.
  • Show your appreciation by writing each of your recommenders a note thanking them for their support.

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