How to ask for a letter of recommendation with Yesh

Recorded Friday, April 16 at 12:00 AM

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About this livestream


A good letter of rec is easy to come by, but a standout letter takes some planning and foresight. Today, Yesh will walk you through the steps involved in asking and preparing for a letter of rec to optimize your chances of getting into your dream school(s).

We’ll cover who to ask, how to ask them, and what you can do to ensure your recommendation best reflects how you want to be portrayed. We’ll also touch on how letters are reviewed by admissions committees to give you a better idea of their role in the application process.

Come prepared to take notes and ask questions, as there will be time throughout the session for Yesh to interact with you all, as well as a Q&A at the end!

Your host

Undergrad College: Boston University '20

Major: Medical Science

Graduate College: Boston University School of Medicine

Work Experience: I've been working at CollegeVine for 3 years mentoring students through BS/MD and undergraduate admissions. I am currently a medical student and have done research at Boston Medical Center, Dana-Farber, and the Brigham and Women's Hospital.

Audience questions

These are questions from the audience that we had time to answer during the live session. If you have any other questions, you can request an answer from Yesh and other CollegeVine experts in an upcoming livestream or on the Q&A Forum anytime.
6:11@anonymous:Is it okay to receive two recommendation letters from math and science teachers when I apply for engineering school? Or do I need to receive one from English or Social study teacher?
10:09@anonymous:I know most colleges ask for 2-3 letters. Can I submit more than that? like 4-5?
17:38@niti_daga:Should I send both recommendation letters from my science teachers or I can send one from my internship Mentor?
18:51@anonymous:what exactly does a letter of recommendation look like?
20:00@Parent24:Is it valuable to have a letter from a 9th/10th grade teacher?? If he is the really one to know you??
24:44@anonymous:Since I can't guarantee the recommendation is strong instead of just good, should I include the option of "it's ok not to write a recommendation letter for" (not the exact wordings) so that the teachers won't feel obligated to write but ends up writing something general or common?
25:45@niti_daga:Can I get one letter from my science teacher & another from my internship manager
26:00@anonymous:Is it okay to ask a recommender outside school, such as art studio or swimming coach?
32:12@anonymous:I know some alumni from the college I want to apply to but I don't know them that well. Is it fine if I write it for them?
33:41@sp:As someone who applied as a premed student, which teachers did you select (ex. science or english etc)
40:25@twohid:Does it look bad if you ask for a LOR from a teacher that does not work at your school anymore? Or do they not care?
41:09@twohid:I am a dual credit student, would a professor's LoR be allowed even though they are not my high school teacher? If yes, any tips on building a relationship w/ college professors?
45:56@anonymous:I am applying for early decision which starts August 1st so does that mean I should start asking now or next month? Since it would be weird to ask over summer
48:22@twohid:If I ask them early, where should they give their letters? Should I start Common App and put them there?
49:45@twohid:What if I know some people who would write great letters of recc, but I know their grammar is not great
50:58@anonymous:I am applying for early decision which starts August 1st so does that mean I should start asking now or next month? Since it would be weird to ask over summer
51:07@twohid:How do I give them my resume if I ask them irl?
51:48@anonymous:i wanted to ask my french 1&2 teacher from 9th and 10th grade. I excelled in her classes and she knows I enjoy writing. But at the same time, is asking a foreign language teacher from a beginning french class not impressive for prestigious colleges?
52:54@niti_daga:How many college recommendations can you ask from the teacher?
53:23@niti_daga:If you are applying to 15 schools can a teacher give you 15 Recomnendations or is it asking too much?
53:51@twohid:Wait, are you saying we are allowed to write our own LoR? Or are you saying pretending to be someone else and writing our own?
54:33@anonymous:Many colleges require a LOR from the HS counselor. However I attend a public school and the counselor takes care of 150-200 students. I don’t go to her very often as well. My first question is if I can ignore the “rule” of forgoing a LOR from the GS counselor and get 2-3 LOR from some others who really know me well?
57:21@anonymous:I am thinking about asking my senior English teacher next year who taught me freshman year as well. Even though he remembers me, I am not that close with him. What are some tips to get close with them as a junior right now, and as a senior next school year?
59:00@Cici:Is it possible to see if the teacher has already replied/submitted the letter via my common app account? Or I have to ask the teacher to know if the letter is done?
59:23@anonymous:I am applying for top undergraduate business programs. My business teacher is a former MBA and has written me one of the best recommendations I have ever seen, "he is my best student ever". My math teacher I have had for the past 3 years, in Algebra 2 where she loved me and I was her best student, and AP Calc AB where I received a C and now in BC where I received a B. Should I ask her for a recommendation or my AP Gov teacher from this year who would write me a very good recommendation?


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