The Role of Recommendation Letters in College Admissions

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Recommendation letters are one part of the application that the applicant plays very little role in during the application cycle. It is vital that the applicant has maintained a solid reputation within the school community as a scholar and a respectable individual. The recommendation provides the admissions officer with a perspective that is not filtered by the student to the same degree as other parts of the application. The letter will hopefully talk about you as a person and the role you play in the social aspect of the classroom. The best recommendation letters will take a while to write and will do more than regurgitate an applicant’s resume.

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