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How important are recommendation letters in the college application process?

Hello! I'm starting to think about who I should ask for recommendation letters for my college applications. How much weight do colleges put on recommendation letters, and what should I look for in a recommender? Thanks for your help!

9 months ago

Hi there! Recommendation letters can play a valuable role in the college application process. Typically, they provide a more personal perspective on your character, work ethic, and accomplishments that may not be evident from your grades or test scores alone.

Colleges vary in the amount of weight they assign to recommendation letters, but in general, they can be an important component of your application, especially for highly selective schools. When choosing a recommender, look for someone who knows you well, preferably a teacher from your junior or senior year who can speak to both your academic abilities and personal qualities. Avoid asking family members or friends, as their opinions might be seen as biased.

Remember to give your recommender plenty of time to write a thoughtful and positive letter. Good luck with your applications!

9 months ago

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