Preparing for College

Extra Teacher Recommendations: What Form Do I Use?

Question: Many colleges ask for two recommendations from academic teachers. If a student asks a third, non-academic teacher (drama, for example) for a recommendation, should it be written on an official "teacher rec" form, or should the teacher write his or her own letter?

The teacher does not need to use an official college form, and, in fact, it’s often better if he or she doesn’t. That way, this supplemental recommendation won’t be confused with the official ones from your academic-subject teachers.

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