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Sending Teacher Recommendations to Colleges

Question: What is the process by which teacher recommendations are sent to colleges? I understand that I am supposed to give my teacher a stamped envelope for each school I am applying to. When the teacher sends it, will the university know to file it with my application or should I send the recommendations in with my application?

Good question. Yes, in most cases, it's appropriate to give your teachers stamped, addressed envelopes and ask them to send their recommendations directly to colleges. (Some high schools, however, prefer to have all references filter through their guidance office. Then teachers simply give their completed forms and/or letters to the guidance staff. Presumably, this is not the case in your school.)

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