How can students get the best high school teacher recommendations?

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How can students get the best high school teacher recommendations?

Joel Hart
Regional Director of Admissions University of Pennsylvania

How can students get the best high school teacher recommendations?

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Regional Director of Admissions University of Pennsylvania

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Founder and CEO Ivy League Placement

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Eric Furda
Dean of Admissions University of Pennsylvania

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Rod Bugarin
Former Admissions Officer Columbia, Brown, and Wesleyan University

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Nancy Meislahn

How can students get the best high school teacher recommendations?

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Rod Bugarin
Former Admissions Officer Columbia, Brown, and Wesleyan University

How can students get the best high school teacher recommendations?

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Nina Berler
Founder unCommon Apps

Teacher Recommendations

Along with the transcript, standardized test scores, essays and the counselor recommendation, teacher recommendations are an important component of the application. Most colleges request two recommendations, and they prefer that these recommendations come from junior-year teachers. The selection of the teacher is left to the student. So how does a student know which teachers to ask and when to do that asking? Students should be mindful of the need for recommendations before the senior year, and they should ask teachers with whom the student has a good relationship (not to mention good grades earned in that teacher's class). Some teachers are very popular with students, and teachers have regular lesson planning and grades. That's why students are advised to ask the teacher at the end of the junior year or even during the summer. Why have a recommendation form sitting in a stack, perhaps with the forms from the peers of the student? Sometimes, I suggest that students ask their counselors for advice on which teachers to select; the counselors may have insight on the relationship or writing style of the teacher.

Lisa Hatch
Independent College Counselor College Primers

How can students get the best high school teacher recommendations?

By the time your high school career starts to wrap, you’ve likely had dozens of teachers. Some of them were probably great, and some – not so much. With any luck, however, you had at least one or two who had some sort of profound impact on you, either by turning you on to a new subject matter, helping you navigate through the stressful ins and outs of the high school social stratosphere, or just generally inspiring you to discover your potential. (For you freshmen, sophomores, and juniors, now is the time to start cultivating meaningful encounters with your teachers. You’ll enhance your high school experience and your future college admissions recommendation as well.) These teachers are, undoubtedly, the ones you should solicit for a college recommendation letter. Beyond selecting an educator that you think very highly of, consider choosing someone who might know you beyond the classroom. For instance, perhaps one of your teachers also doubled as your tennis coach or lived on your block throughout your childhood. If a teacher appreciates you on a personal level that extends beyond your academic performance, this will shine through in the letter and work in your favor. Be sure to select at least one teacher who taught you in a college prep subject. While you may have received an A+ in, say, basket weaving, this hardly holds the same degree of relevance as a glowing recommendation from your instructor in Algebra II or Advanced French. Be sure to check with each school you apply to and see if they have any particular requirements or specifications as far as the recommendation letter goes – some likely will. Timing your recommendation letter request well is super important. Choose the creator of your teacher recommendation letter carefully, and give them ample time to sing your praises. A solid, personlaized recommendation letter may just be the extra edge that makes the difference between your application’s landing in the “accepted” pile and landing in the recycle bin.

王文君 June Scortino
President IVY Counselors Network

ask someone who knows you very well

students should prepare a list of introductions for recommendation letters. it is always better to leave the teacher more time to write about you.