Letters of Recommendation
First check each colleges’ website to determine if a teacher or counselor recommendation is required. Not all colleges require letters of recommendation.
A counselor recommendation is required for any Common App applications. Your counselor will complete the Secondary School Report ONLY if you request a counselor recommendation on Naviance Student. We require at least 2 weeks' notice to write a recommendation letter.
- If a teacher recommendation is required, ask an academic teacher or a teacher of a specific discipline (i.e. drama teacher if applying to a drama program). Be respectful of their time constraints and ask them EARLY! It is best to give 2-3 weeks notice to your teacher or counselor for a letter.
- It is the student’s responsibility to follow up with the teacher or counselor to ensure he/she sent the recommendation by the college’s deadline. Always send them a thank you note or email for writing on your behalf.
- On the application form, it is recommended to waive your right to view the recommendation letters. This gives more credibility to the recommendation in the eyes of the college.