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7 months ago
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If I want to apply as a pre-med student, can I get a letter of recommendation from a non-science teacher?
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Hello,

Even though I am a sophomore, I've been wondering who to get a letter of recommendation from. I have been doing pretty well in my APUSH class, and I feel like I've done everything right in terms of being a student in that class. That being said, I want to apply to fairly competitive schools like Notre Dame and UMich as a Psych major hoping to go into medicine. Would it make a significant difference, if in the future, I got a letter of recommendation from my APUSH teacher over a science teacher? Or should I try to get letters from future science teachers?

Thank you and have a wonderful day!

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7 months ago

If you have a great relationship with your APUSH teacher and have really been doing well in that class, then that would very likely be a good teacher to ask for a recommendation. Since most schools ask for 2 letters of recommendation, you could maybe get one from your APUSH teacher and one from a science-related teacher just so that your science teacher can attest to your skills and aptitude within the sciences. However, if you're not doing as well in any of your science classes, the most important thing is to choose teachers who know you well (not just who give you the best grades) and can really tell colleges your story and talk about who you are, both in the classroom and outside. Because you're a sophomore and you still have the time to build those relationships, make sure you work really hard to succeed in your science classes and really try to connect with those teachers so that when the time comes, they'll know you well enough to write a GLOWING letter of recommendation. Hope this helped, and good luck!

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7 months ago[edited]

Yes, you can get a letter of recommendation from a non-science teacher (core class teachers are recommended). However, getting a recommendation from a science teacher will make you stand out more because it is related to your major. I think you should try asking future science teachers for recommendations since you still have time (you don't submit college apps until senior year). Just try your best in those science/medicine/health related classes and have a good relationship with those teachers. Check your college's website for a specific deadline for teacher/counselor recommendations.

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7 months ago

I believe that you can get a recommendation from a non science teacher. However, getting one from a science teacher might make you shine a bit more. I think you could get one from your APUSH and one from your science teacher(if you can have more than one recommendation letter). Also you can take into consideration which teacher knows you really well and will write beautifully about you.

Good luck.☺☺☺☺☺

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7 months ago

If you have a great relationship with your APUSH teacher, go for it! Colleges will be glad to see that you enjoy things other than science and that you branch out as a student! I would also recommend that you develop great relationships with science teachers as well, in case history doesn't work. Good luck!

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