Preparing for College

Recycling Teacher Recommendations

Question: If I apply to ten colleges, will I have to ask my teachers to write recommendations ten times or can they recycle them?

Of course your teachers can recycle your recommendations, and you should help your them to do this by providing them with the materials they’ll need at the time you request the references. Whenever possible, present your teachers with a complete list of colleges for which you’ll need their help, along with a stamped envelope addressed to each one. (Exceptions: A few colleges might want the reference placed in a sealed envelope and returned to you, so that you can submit it with your application. Some high schools ask for all references to be turned into the guidance office or another central spot.)

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