a month ago
Admissions Advice

How does the rec letter process work?

Im looking to begin asking for rec letters over these next few weeks and the instructions on the Common App are kind of confusing me. If I want to use the same letter for several schools does the recommender have to submit it multiple times? Or does CommonApp store the letter and I can chose what schools to send it to? I just would really hate for common app to send my teacher a request for EVERY SINGLE school, I imagine that would get quite annoying. Also, is there a link I can send my recommender through email or do I have to add them as a contact in my commonApp? If anyone has any advice I would really appreciate it!

PS: Any extra tips on how to word a rec letter request? I am asking some of my professors I took dual enrollment classes from and Im not really sure how to professionally ask them since it's a college environment. Thanks!)

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a month ago


You can add teachers through CommonApp in the recommendations section. You only need to do it once, and you can do it in the 'Recommenders and FERPA' section of any school. Once you do that, you will be able to see the teachers' names in the recommendations sections of all the schools on your list and you will have to add them to each school, but only one request will be sent to you teacher. Their recommendation needs to be done only once by them, and it can be used for all your schools. You will also be able to see when they have started and submitted their recommendations. The same works for counsellors as well.

Hope this helps!


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