2 months ago
Harvard prospective students

(For @EliasMiller) How does Harvard view rec letters from Harvard professors/faculty?

I go to a distance learning program for high school, so I don't really have teachers from my high school (I do have a counselor who knows me really well, though). This year, I attended Harvard SSP (their summer program where you take 2 courses for college credit) and formed pretty good relationships with my two instructors, so I'm planning to send their rec letters as my teacher recommendations.

I'm mainly just curious about whether those rec letters would be looked upon more favorably (by Harvard) than a regular teacher rec letter of the same quality because they maybe trust their own faculty more? Does it make a difference?

(I also got A's and did well in both classes + will be applying to Harvard REA if that matters at all.)

Thank you so much!

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2 months ago

Hi! I'm not 100% sure about this but I think they're about the same or that the Harvard recommendation will only be slightly better. I think that if they do agree to write your recommendation letters, then they'll include that you went to the summer program on it. I searched up the summer program and it's not that selective (correct me if I'm wrong) and you pretty much just have to pay so anyone who has the money can probably get a rec letter from them as well. Plus, I don't know how well your teachers remember you because they have both regular students during the school year and probably dozens of other students over the summer. I also think that colleges would appreciate letters of rec from regular teachers you've had for a long time more because they can better showcase your growth and your personality, but that's just a personal opinion. If you can get the rec letter from Harvard faculty, then you should go for it but if not, I don't think you're missing out on much.


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