Letters of Recommendation

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    Letters of Recommendation Request Process

    When requesting a letter of recommendation, please follow these steps:

    • Check to see if a recommendation letter is required for the college(s) you are applying to.
      • Many colleges do not require a letter and will not use it as part of your application review. Please do not ask staff members to write a letter unless you are sure you need one.
    • Determine if you need a teacher recommendation, a counselor recommendation, or both.
      • If you need help finding this information, the College & Career Counselor or Senior Counselors can assist you.
    • Ask your recommender if they would be willing to write you a letter. Please do this BEFORE making a request in SchooLinks.
    • Request the recommendation letter on SchooLinks.
      • This process is slightly different depending on if you are applying via Common App or a College-Specific application and if the recommender is a teacher or a counselor (see the instructions below).
    • Submit the Google Form(s) above to your teacher and/or counselor AT LEAST 10 school days before your earliest application deadline. 
    • Thank your recommender!

    SchooLinks Instructions for Requesting Letters of Recommendation
    *To view the links below, students must be logged into their SchooLinks account

    Before you can request letters, you must set up your college applications on SchooLinks: 

    Common App - Teacher Letters of Recommendation  

    • *Link your SchooLinks & Common App accounts
    • Complete FERPA Release Agreements on both Common App & SchooLinks
      • The Common App FERPA Release Form can be found on the "My Colleges" tab under the "Recommenders & FERPA section."
      • The SchooLinks form will pop up automatically once you add your first college to your applications list.
    • Requesting Common App Teacher Evaluations in SchooLinks
      • Select "General" for the type of recommendation so the letter can be used for multiple colleges.
      • You only need to add a recommender once, you can then assign that same recommender and letter to multiple colleges.
    • Counselor Recommendation Instructions for Common App
      • If a counselor letter is required, it will automatically appear in SchooLinks on your application. You just need to submit the Recommendation Letter Request Form - COUNSELORS to your counselor at least 10 school days before your first deadline and you are all set!

    College-Specific Application (Non-Common App) - Teacher Letters of Recommendation

    Counselor Letters of Recommendation

    • If a counselor letter is required for Common App or a Non-Common App school, it will automatically appear in SchooLinks on your application. You just need to submit the Recommendation Letter Request Form - COUNSELORS to your counselor at least 10 school days before your first deadline and you are all set!