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Can I add more recommenders after submitting my Common App?

Quick question for anyone who's been through this – I just submitted my Common App, but I totally forgot to add a recommender who would really boost my application. Is it possible to add another recommender after already submitting, or is it too late now?

7 months ago

Absolutely, you can still add recommenders after submitting your Common App! However, keep in mind that each college has its own policies regarding letters of recommendation and might limit the number of recommenders you can have, so be sure to check each school's policy.

After you've submitted your application, you can go back to the 'Recommenders and FERPA' section of each college's supplement on the Common App. You can send invitations to additional recommenders from there. Just be sure to contact the admissions offices of the schools you've applied to and inform them about the additional recommender — communication is key to make sure they consider this new letter.

Note, though, that the colleges will have a final deadline for when they must receive all application materials, including letters of recommendation, so you should request this additional letter sooner rather than later to ensure it can be factored into your application evaluation.

And remember, too many letters can also overwhelm an admissions committee, who may have to read thousands of applications, so choose recommenders who really provide unique and valuable perspectives on your character and abilities. For example, if this recommender can highlight a specific project or accomplishment that others may not be aware of, that's a great addition. Best of luck with your applications!

7 months ago

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