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Requesting a Letter of Recommendation

Many private colleges and some scholarships require applicants to submit  letters of recommendation from teachers or counselors.  Some have specific forms to be used and others simply ask for a letter; it's important to determine what each college or scholarshio program requires.

Follow these steps to request a letter of recommendation:  

  • Obtain any required forms and complete the sections that the applicant is to fill out. Guidelines for Letters of Rec
  • Complete a "brag sheet" which is available in the counseling office or download it, and instructions, here:
  • At least two weeks before any deadlines, ask the teacher or counselor to write a letter of recommendation for you. Remember that some people are asked to write many letters and won't be able to do a good job if not given enough time.  Be aware that letters and forms that are needed to meet early January deadlines must be requested by December 1 due to the winter holiday. 
  • Provide the teacher or counselor with the brag sheet, recommendation forms or instructions, stamped envelopes addressed to the college(s) or scholarship programs, and a list of the due dates for each one.

NOTE: UC and CSU campuses do not use letters of recommendation as part of the admissions process.