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Smith College Dean of Admissions Talks About Recommendation Letters

KPCC radio did a story this morning about Smith College’s policy of requesting letters of recommendation from the parents of applicants.

You can hear Madeleine Brand’s interview with Smith College’s Dean of Admissions, Deb Shaver, here.

It would seem that these letters would be biased, but Shaver talks about the little bits of information that parents can offer that no teacher, coach or counselor could.  But relax, Smith’s website notes that parent letters will never “make or break” an applicant’s admission decision.

Most colleges that ask for letters of recommendation expect to receive letter(s) from a teacher whom the student has had for an academic subject in the 11th or 12th grade.  It’s always a good idea to get to know your teachers so that they can write about your work ethic, personality and drive both in and out of the classroom!

For more helpful hints about recommendations and other parts of your college application, visit our Resources page.

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