How do I send in additional letters of recommendation? How do I know how many I can send in for each school?

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    Lisa Buchwalter
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Lisa Buchwalter Answered 7 months ago

Letters of recommendation, Supplemental recommendations, Additional recommendationsIf your college is on the Common App, it is easy to determine how many letters are both required, and how many are accepted. Colleges do not want to receive an unlimited number of letters. To determine this, go to the Dashboard of your Common App and under Recommendations, you will see the number that are required and the number you are allowed to submit for each college. To submit an additional letter, simply invite that teacher by email, using the link on the Common App.

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I study in a CBSE school, and my school doesn't have a counselor. How do I send my transcripts to the colleges?

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Lisa Buchwalter Answered 7 months ago

If your school does not have a counselor, ask a teacher or your school’s administration office how your transcripts should be sent. If you have access yourself to your transcript, it is sometimes admissible to self report your grades on the Common App under the Grades and Courses section. Some schools, such as University of Washington, University of California and USC, ask you to self-report your grades in any case, and then only require a transcript once you are admitted and about the enroll.

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What kind of recommendations do I need to get into a top college?

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Lisa Buchwalter Answered 7 months ago

Most top colleges require a minimum of one, often two, teacher recommendations, in addition to a counselor recommendation. The colleges ask for a teacher who knows you well, from either 11th or 12th grade. Because your grade 12 teacher will not know you very well before you apply, you should work hard to find two teachers from grade 11 who will be able to write you strong recommendations. Some colleges, even ones that have a reputation of being technical, such as MIT, require one teacher in each category: one in math or science and one in humanities or social science....View More

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Does it matter which teachers I ask for my recommendations?

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Lisa Buchwalter Answered 7 months ago

Colleges prefer for you to submit recommendations from a teacher for grade 11 or 12. Because your grade 12 teachers will not know you well before you need to apply, this basically means that you need to ask a teacher from grade 11. Go the Admissions websites of each of your colleges to find out if your teacher recs must come certain departments. Engineering students, for instance, sometimes require recommendations from one math teacher and a science teacher. Other schools require one rec from “each side” – one in math or science, and one in either English, history, or foreign....View More

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Some of my colleges require a counselor recommendation but my school does not have a counselor. What should I do?

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Lisa Buchwalter Answered 7 months ago

If your school does not have a counselor, you can have the counselor form filled out by a principal or or other school official who has overseen your academic progress. You will also be required to invite this person to complete the School Report on the Recommenders & FERPA section located on the My Colleges tab under the Common Application. If you are unsure whom to ask to fill out the counselor recommendation, ask a trusted teacher, your principal, or your school’s administration. Some colleges require a counselor recommendation, but my counselor doesn’t know me.Recommendations, counselorAt a large school, it....View More

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How many Letters of Recommendations do I need in general?

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    Kriti Chawla
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Kriti Chawla Answered 7 months ago

You will need 1 letter from an academic teacher, 1 letter from a non-academic (extracurricular) teacher and 1 from your school counselor.

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If one of my external recommenders outlines my internship with them and the type of work I did, do I still need to talk about the internship experience/what I learned during my time at the internship in my college specific essay? Or is it recommended to save space and use the words to talk about another significant experience?

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    Anupama Singh
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Anupama Singh Answered 5 months ago

Not all schools require letters of recommendation and some even ask that you don't send them.  In these cases, you will need to write about it if you want it to be considered as part of your application.  If the school does require recommendations and your recommender does write about it, I recommend that if it was a significant learning experience for you that you still write about it, but from your perspective of how you grew from that experience.  You should be able to talk about both experiences if they were both significant.

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Is there an advantage of going beyond the minimum requirement to submit optional letters of recommendation?

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Anupama Singh Answered a month ago

Unless you have a very special and unusual circumstance in your life, there's no benefit to submitting optional LOR.

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Is it advisable to get a recommendation letter from an employer instead of a college access counselor who does not know much about me?

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    Judith Winters
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Judith Winters Answered 2 months ago

Often college counselors know little about about the students they are writing for in the school report. Generally they glean information about a student from classroom teachers and request a resume of  extracurricular commitments from the applicant:  these items serve as the foundation of the school report. Some schools do not have college counselors so the tutor, head of house or head of school may write the recommendation for the school report. Many colleges request two teacher recommendations and a recommendation from an employer can serve as a third reference. It is equally important for the student to pursue the following information....View More

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What details should a counselor's LoR include? How is it different from a teacher's LoR? My school is unfamiliar with the admissions process. Please advise.

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Judith Winters Answered a month ago

Schools differ in terms of grading schemes, rigor of curriculum, student body demographics and extracurricular offerings. The counselor's letter letter of recommendation provides insight about the student in the context of the entire class.  This letter also summarizes and provides context of the academic and out of class accomplishments of the student compared to the rest of the student body. The teacher recommendation offers insight into the student's academic abilities and scholastic achievements within the context of their specific class. This recommendation highlights a student's intellectual curiosity, classroom participation and  commitment to learning. Colleges use these letters to assess whether a student will be a successful addition to their incoming class.....View More

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