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Getting A Top-Notch Letter of Recommendation

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While your grades, test scores and transcript will always be the most crucial parts of your application, letters of recommendation are very important as well. These letters represent professional adults — usually teachers and school counselors — who are endorsing your academic performance and your future plans. You will probably need at least two letters of recommendation from teachers you've had for academic subjects (as opposed to electives), though some schools ask for three recommendations or offer you the option of submitting additional letters of support from coaches, employers or counselors. These recommendations are submitted directly to the school — you won't get to see them before the admission officers do.

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