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Letters of Recommendation


Letter of Recommendation packet

 

If your College or Scholarship
Application deadline is:
(see below)
    
                
Your Letter of Recommendation Packet Deadline is:
November 1, 2018
    to
January 10, 2019
Friday, September 28, 2018

AFTER January 10, 2019
Friday, October 19, 2018

 

Please Note: Academic Advisors WILL NOT be available to complete college/scholarship Letters of Recommendation during Winter Break. 

A late request will result in NO written letter of recommendation


 

Who needs a Letter of Recommendation?

Most private university and scholarship applications will require that students submit letters of recommendation.  Some will specify who the recommender should be (teachers, employers, coaches, community and church leaders); others simply indicate how many recommendations are required.  Letters of recommendation give evaluators and selection committees' alternate information about you the person.  Keep in mind that these individuals will already have objective information - your grades, classes and test scores - they want to know about your character and who you are outside of the classroom, more appropriately, how others see you!!  

California State Universities and University of California (UC) college applications DO NOT require Letters of Recommendation

Tips for letters of  recommendation

  • Aspire to make good connections with teachers and other adults on campus so that when it comes time to request a recommendation, you have many options.
  • Choose adults who know you well; those who can write about not only your academic skills, but also your talents and abilities.
  • Choose recommenders who will write specific statements about you - not remarks that could apply to any student.

Steps to securing letters of recommendation

  1. Ask teachers, coaches, administrators, academic advisors, counselors, employers, community and church leaders who know you well and who will write you a personalized and postitve letter of recommendation.  If this person is a teacher, it is preferable that you are currently in his or her clas or were a student of theirs the previous year.
  2. PLAN AHEAD!  Make an appointment to speak with the person you are asking for a recommendation from no less than 3 to 4 weeks prior to the deadline. 
  3. Provide your recommenders with important information that they may need to write a letter that truely represents your good qualities, character and outstanding skills.  Providing your recommender with a copy of your student resume, student profile and college essay will assist them in writing a more precise and thorough letter.
  4. Provide your recommenders with the following: 1. Name and address of the school or scholarship you are applying to/for and a stamped addressed envelope if the school or scholarship committee requires that the letter be sent directly to them by the recommender (be sure to provide a manilla envelope if the recommender is required to send additional documentation such as a copy of your transcript, etc.  2. DEADLINE or date that the letter needs to be submitted 3. A copy of your high school transcript, student resume, and a student profile (if available). 
  5. Follow-up by thanking the person(s) who provided you with a recommendation.

Being PREPARED AND ORGANIZED will allow your recommenders to write an outstanding letter of recommendation!!