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How many recommendations are typically needed for college applications?

I'm a junior starting to think about applying to colleges soon. I've seen some colleges require teacher recommendations, but I'm not sure how many I should plan on getting. Is there a general number that most colleges expect you to submit?

6 months ago

It's great that you're starting to think about college applications and teacher recommendations. Generally, most colleges require two teacher recommendations, typically from core academic subjects (e.g., English, math, science, social studies, or foreign language). These recommendations should ideally be from teachers who have taught you in your junior or senior year, as they can better speak to your recent academic performance and personal growth.

However, specific requirements may vary from college to college. It's essential to research each school's recommendation requirements on their admissions website or through platforms like the Common Application or the Coalition Application to ensure you meet their unique criteria.

Some colleges also allow or encourage you to submit additional recommendations from teachers, coaches, or mentors relevant to your interests, such as art, music, or extracurricular activities. But be cautious not to overwhelm the admissions officers with too many additional recommendations. If you choose to provide supplementary letters, make sure they add new insights or perspective about you that haven't been captured in your required recommendations or other application materials.

In summary, plan on obtaining at least two teacher recommendations from core academic subjects, and research each college's specific requirements to ensure you're meeting their expectations. If you feel that additional letters would provide valuable insights into your character and achievements, consider submitting them as supplementary materials—but only if they genuinely add value to your overall application.

6 months ago

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