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Navigating Teacher Recommendations on Common App: How Many?

Starting to think about teacher recs and feeling a bit flustered. How many recommendations is it typical to have for the Common App? Also, how did you guys go about choosing which teachers to ask? I want to make sure I make good choices that will strengthen my application.

7 months ago

Totally understand feeling flustered—it's a big step in your application process! Typically, most colleges require two teacher recommendations for the Common App. These should ideally come from core academic teachers (think English, Math, Science, Social Studies, or Foreign Language) who've taught you in junior or senior year because they can speak to your most mature academic abilities.

When choosing which teachers to ask, think about a few things: Which classes did you enjoy the most? Where did you put in a lot of effort to learn and grow? Which teachers know you best, not just as a student, but as a person as well? Also, consider diversity in subjects, a balance between STEM and humanities can provide a well-rounded picture.

One last tip: Don't forget to ask early—teachers appreciate having plenty of time to write their recommendations. And always ask them if they can write a positive one; it’s better to gauge their enthusiasm before committing. Good luck!

7 months ago

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