When to ask my teachers for recommendation letters?
Updated: Jun 26
Your Junior year teachers are most likely teaching your most rigorous high school courses. For that reason, Fall is the right time to consider your academic recommenders and Spring is the right time to ask their help.
Check out each school’s policy on recommenders – do they want a counselor, teacher recommender or both? How many recommendation letters are you permitted to submit?
Consider a recommender in math/science and a recommender in the humanities (English, History, Foreign Language)
As your teacher in person with a heartfelt thank you for their time. Explain to your teacher what you plan to study, the schools in which you are interested and how each school views recommendation letters in their admissions rubric – check out each schools Common Data Set.
Write a letter formally asking them for their recommendation, including your application list, application type, date and program of study.
Provide your teacher and counselor with a complete resume to remind them of your unique accomplishments inside and outside of school
Planning now for your recommendation letter strategy will help you minimize stress as you enter the next academic year. Think ahead!