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12 days ago
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LOR’s question

So I am applying to a STEM major but for LOR’s I am getting them from my English and fine arts teachers as I feel they know me the best since last few years. Science/math classes being virtual, I was not really able to form a relationship with my stem teachers last year.

Is that ok to not give LOR’s from stem teachers or will that impact negatively on my application. Btw, most schools I am applying have LOR’s as optional except couple of them.

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@Jemimah12 days ago

Hello! I totally understand this dilemma as I too have been conducting classes online until now. However, do keeo in mind that most colleges require your LORs to be from actual STEM teachers, so I suggest if you have the chance, try to still get 1 from them. There are some colleges that offer a total of 3 recommendations to be submitted so you may be able to do that there. I wish you all the best in your applications!

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11 days ago

This is perfectly fine unless you are applying to STEM schools like MIT or CalTech that have specific requirements to submit 1 LOR from a STEM teacher. I would double-check what the LOR requirements are for each of the schools you are applying to first.

Good luck.

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12 days ago

From what it sounds like, it sounds as though it would be a better option for you to go with your English/fine arts teachers than your STEM teachers. At the end of the day, no matter who you have doing your recommendations, you always want to go with the teacher who knows you well on both a personal and an academic level. I feel as though that is a mistake a lot of people make, focusing only on the academic aspect! And at the end of the day, I think if you have to apply to a school where STEM teacher ROC's are required, I don't think it will make that much of a difference that you don't have your personal relationship exactly where you want it to be.

Along with this, on most (if not all) applications this year, there is a section to explain anything that you want a chance to justify as a result of Covid-19. I think it might be a good idea for you to take this section to discuss how you didn't choose a STEM teacher because of Covid and online learning. Obviously I wouldn't bring this up if you decide to go with your STEM teacher since you don't want to draw too much attention if that is what you submit, haha, but it would be a good idea when applying with English teacher LOR's. Hope this helps, good luck!! :)

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11 days ago

Hi there @hraj,

A lot of users gave good answers here, but let me try to recap the advice given so you have a clear idea of next steps.

You'll need to check the specific LOR requirements for the major you are applying to at a specific prospective school. Some colleges require LORs to come from core academic subjects (in which case fine arts might not be accepted), others require at least one STEM teacher if you're applying to STEM/engineering, and some don't have requirements at all.

Once you're sure you're satisfying the minimum requirements for your LORs, you can choose any teacher that fits the criteria. Ideally, you'll be able to secure and send letters from the teachers that know you best.

Hope this helps!

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12 days ago

I think it's good to get LORs from the teachers who know you the best. If your colleges require multiple LORs, it would be a good idea to get a STEM LOR. Nevertheless, it's better to make sure you have a rapport with the teacher you're asking because a STEM LOR that doesn't show the real you is not better than an LOR which does bring your personality out but is not from a STEM teacher. Either way make sure you bring yourself out in the best way irrespective of which teachers are giving you the LOR. Best of luck<3

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