Submit a recommendation for a student

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Key Concept

You don't need to complete the same item (such as a recommendation or transcript) multiple times per student. Once the student has received your recommendation, they can add it to multiple college applications as needed.

If a student has requested a recommendation from you, it will be listed on their Student details page.

From the top navigation, select Students.

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Click on any student's name to access their details page listing all their documents.

 

 

Recommendation types

There are three types of recommendations:

1. General (Basic) Recommendation: Students request this type from anyone who can share information about them in any context. Students can request up to eight. (These will be shown as the type "General Rec" on your Documents page)

2. Academic Recommendation: Students request this type from a teacher or other academic figure who knows their academic history and potential well. Students can request up to four.

3. Counselor Recommendation: Students request this type from a school counselor or other counselor who knows their overall academic and extracurricular achievements well.  Students can request up to four.

Each type of recommendation asks for some basic information about you and the student, and then lets you upload a letter.

Key Concept

See this article for general information on managing all your recommendations (accepting or declining them, and so on). The instructions below talk about the specific information required by each of the recommendation types.


Click or tap Start (to begin for the first time) or Continue (to continue work on a recommendation you already started).  The information required for a recommendation depends on the type of recommendation it is.


General (Basic) recommendation

This is the simplest kind of recommendation.

1. Enter your contact information, information about how you know the student, and upload your recommendation letter.

Tip

If you've already entered information about your school in My Organizations, click or tap "Select School" and select the school to automatically fill out the school contact information.

2. Click or tap Submit.

 

Academic recommendation
This type of recommendation contains three parts.

1. Enter the following:

  • Contact Information: Your personal contact information, as well as general information about the high school. Your contact information is saved in the system, so if you receive another recommendation request, you won't have to re-enter it.  If you've already entered information about your school in My Organizations, select the school to automatically fill out school information.

    After selecting the school, you can edit or add information as needed, although any edits made here won’t be saved to your My Organization school information.
  • Student Assessment: General questions about the context in which you taught the student, and then several (optional) rating scales for you to rate the student.

  • Recommendation: Upload your recommendation letter.

2. Click or tap Submit. 

 

Counselor recommendation
This type of recommendation contains four parts.

 

1. Contact Information: Your personal contact information, as well as general information about the high school. Your contact information is saved in the system, so if you receive another recommendation request, you won't have to re-enter it.  If you've already entered information about your school in My Organizations, select the school to automatically fill out school information.

After selecting the school, you can edit or add information as needed, although any edits made here won’t be saved to your My Organization school information.

2. School Report: Enter general information about your high school that can help college admissions staff get a fuller picture of the student's background. Select Upload to upload a school profile document. On the Attach Document window, you can either:

  • Click or tap Upload New File to select the file from your computer.
  • Select a file from your Uploads page by locating the file in the list and selecting it.

Tip

If you work with students from multiple high schools, we recommend that you complete all requested  recommendations from one school before moving on to another school. That way, the saved school information is the same each time for multiple recommendations, and you can change the information for another school when you're ready to work on that school's student recommendations.


3. Student Assessment: Answer general questions about the context in which you taught the student, and then several (optional) rating scales for you to rate the student.

4. Documents: Upload your recommendation letter.  On the Attach Document window, you can either:

  • Click or tap Upload New File to select the file from your computer.
  • Select a file from your Uploads page by locating the file in the list and selecting it. For more about how to upload files and save them on your Uploads page, see this article.

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5.Click or tap Attach File to save the letter.

6. Click or tap Submit to submit the completed recommendation.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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