Colleges ask for letters of recommendations because they value the information a well-written recommendation letter says about a prospective student. Letters reveal things about you that static grades and test scores cannot, provide personal opinions from a professional and can reveal positive aspects of your character.
Step 1: Know what you need.
The University of California, California State Universities and many other large public institutions do not accept recommendation letters.
For schools that do, plan on a minimum of two letters from teachers and one from your high school counselor. There are a few schools that might require three.
Sometimes the letters are optional and sometimes not even required. Our suggestion is to submit one if you have a strong relationship with a teacher.
Step 2: Who should you ask and when?
Don’t automatically pick the teacher in the class in which you have an A. Some of the best letters come from teachers you had to ask for help durin...