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20 days ago
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can i submit the recommendation of two science teachers on common app
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can i submit the recommendation of two science teachers as I am applying for physics. Or should I go for one science and second from other field. Please tell me which one would have better impact on my application

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20 days ago

I've asked a few admissions officers about this, and they said that the subject was a really minor detail that won't make a huge impact. It's a lot more important and impactful to choose which teachers know you best, can advocate for you best, and who have seen your best work in the classroom and outside.

I would choose one science and the second from another field if your two science teachers will say pretty much the same thing or have pretty much the same experiences with you, and the teacher from another field will be able to talk about a slightly different side of you. However, I would choose both science teachers if you've really excelled in science and they can each speak about different ways you contributed to their class (e.g. you were great in class discussion for one class, you wrote amazing papers in the other class OR you did amazing all throughout the first class and you struggled in the other class but worked really hard and ultimately did super well). Still, it's your decision and you know your teachers and your relationships with them best. Just choose whoever you think will be the best advocates for you and from whom the admissions officers would learn about you the most.

Note to keep in mind: some colleges do have very specific requirements on what teachers should submit recommendations, but most only have general categories (usually it's core subjects). Make sure to check if any of the colleges you're applying to have these requirements.

Hope this helped!

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19 days ago

Hi, thank you for asking your question. I agree with @gracecatan that "it's a lot more important and impactful to choose which teachers know you best, can advocate for you best, and who have seen your best work in the classroom and outside." I will add that you should include the one science teacher who knows you best at a personal level and can speak to your physics academic excellence. If both teachers are a tie, then it's okay to choose both of them, but don't feel like you have to just because you are applying for physics. If there is a teacher from another department that knows you incredibly well, then ask them instead. At least one science teacher is helpful though.

Best of luck!

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20 days ago

I would say one from science teacher and another from a teacher you feel like you have the best personal connection with, that can talk about your character as well as performance, if that happens to be the other science teacher than that is perfect!

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