Recommendation letters play an important role in the college admissions process. A 2019 survey from the National Association for College Admission Counseling found that colleges put more weight on recommendation letters from counselors and teachers than activities or interviews. This is especially true for schools with test-flexible policies. But whom (and how) do you ask for these important letters as you prepare for college and scholarship applications?
A letter of recommendation for college is an important step in the admissions process. So remember to start building relationships early on. Do what you can to make the process easy for the teachers and counselors who support you and invest in you in this way.
When making the actual request, give plenty of time (6-8 weeks if possible) before your deadline—but also share the deadline with your recommendation writer. The more time allowed, the more detailed and thorough the recommendation can be.
And if you get into the college you wanted or receive that scholarship, don’t forget to let your letter writer know! After they invested the time writing a letter for you, they will be thrilled to hear your good news.