Preparing for College

Recommendations from Math and Chem Teachers Only?

Question: My son is applying to some top colleges (MIT, Harvard, Princeton, etc.) with an intended major in engineering. He has two teachers in mind to write recommendations--one from an honors math class (he will take an AP class in senior year with the same teacher) and the other in AP chemistry, both 11th grade teachers. Is this advisable, or should he choose one teacher from a history, English, or language teacher?

Some colleges (e.g., MIT) require that applicants submit one recommendation from a math/science teacher and the other from a humanities teacher. I think that, in general, that's the wisest policy, even when it's not specified (unless the student feels that his humanities teachers are so heinous that he'd be shooting himself in the foot by asking them for endorsements). ;-)

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