Recommendations from counselors, teachers, coaches, and
community leaders include information about your character, personal strengths,
or unusual qualities that are helpful to admissions committees.
Give individuals writing you letters of recommendations or
filling out any reference forms, 2-3 weeks notice. Let them know in advance
what you need. Do not ask them at the last minute. Provide them with a stamped,
HOW TO REQUEST A RECOMMENDATION LETTER
1. Have your resume completed, as you will give it to the
person writing the recommendation, allowing them ample time (2-3 weeks) to
write a thorough letter.
2. Give your resume to your teacher along with an addressed stamped
envelope or set a time for you to pick the recommendation up from them.
up with the teacher who wrote the recommendation
to make sure it has been completed and mailed (if applicable). The
teacher may want to keep a copy. Thank them for their time and for their
4. DO NOT expect to read the letter. This information is
School Counselor forms/ Secondary Reports: Some
colleges and/or universities will have a form that your school counselor will
need to complete. Submit the counselor form to student services or directly to
your counselor 2-3 weeks in advance. This form will be sent directly to the college.