Teacher Recommendations May be More Important than You Think

Teacher recommendations are important for college admissions because they give schools a picture of you in an academic setting.  You should make sure to ask  teachers who teach in the core classes:  English, science, math, social studies or a foreign language.  Many schools like to have two teacher recommendations, each from a different subject area.   Do not pad your applications with more recommendations unless they are asked for.

You should not wait until your senior year to request teacher recommendations.  Teachers get busy in the fall and the more recommendations they have to do, the less time they will have to spend on yours.  Meet with two teachers before the end of your junior year and talk about what you would like them to emphasize on the recommendation.  Make sure teachers know about you both inside and outside of the classroom and what you feel you can bring to a college campus.

As colleges continue to receive increasing numbers of applicants each year, the need to stand out from the competition is also increasing.  Teacher recommendations might be that piece of information that distinguishes you from other applicants as colleges make admissions decisions.

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