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Who to ask for a letter of recommendation


Tuesday, September 13, 2011
During the college admissions process, you will typically be asked to provide at least two letters of recommendation. Give some thought to this requirement before asking someone to write a letter for you.

Review your application carefully. Oftentimes, a school will clearly state who should provide a specific recommendation. If there are no restrictions, CollegeAnswer.com, a college planning Web site, states that high school teachers and counselors are your best options.

From there, narrow your selection to only those teachers or counselors who know you well. You may have received straight As in a particular class, but if you barely talked to the teacher outside of class, is he (or she) really the best person to write a recommendation?

Instead, CollegeBoard.com, a higher education research organization, suggests that you choose a teacher who knows you just as well outside the classroom, as during regular school hours. A good candidate would be an instructor who has also served as your coach for an after-school sport, or has directed you in a school play. This will ensure that college admissions officers receive a well-rounded sense of who you are.

Once you select your preferred recommendation writers, you will want to speak to them at least one month before the letters are due to ensure that all your application materials are in on time.ADNFCR-16000756-ID-800595231-ADNFCR

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