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Consider asking your high school counselor for a letter of recommendation


Thursday, September 13, 2012
For most colleges, the application process requires you to provide letters of recommendation. Some colleges will be very specific about the source of the letter, while others will leave it up to you to decide who you would like to approach for a recommendation. If given a choice, you should always consider reaching out to your high school guidance counselor for this important reference.

Many students want to ask a favorite teacher for a recommendation. While this teacher will probably paint a good picture of you – your academic interests, class participation, work ethic – this view is limited to you as a student in one class. Counselors, on the other hand, often see a side of you that your instructors do not  as they have access to your previous academic records and your overall high school record including participation in clubs, sports and even activities outside school.

The National Association for College Admission Counseling's "2011 State of College Admission" report revealed the level of importance that colleges and universities attribute to recommendations from both teachers and counselors as part of the admissions decision. In 2010, 19 percent of colleges said teacher recommendations were of "considerable importance," compared to 19.4 percent of respondents who said the same for counselor recommendations. Meanwhile, 44.2 percent of schools reported that teacher recommendations were of "moderate importance," while 45 percent said the same of counselor recommendations' value.

CollegeBoard.com, a higher education research organization, states that students who have less than stellar grades or test scores, and conversely, students who are applying to very competitive colleges face better chances of acceptance if they supply a letter of recommendation from a counselor.

Try to develop a relationship with your counselor early on in high school so he or she can provide a comprehensive recommendation for your college application.ADNFCR-16000756-ID-800862365-ADNFCR

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