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[Video] Who Do You Ask For a College Recommendation?

Sai Somboon

Written by Sai Somboonon April 20th, 2018

I came to College Coach after working in college admissions for many years. I started my career as regional director of admissions for the University of Pennsylvania. While at Penn, I read applications for all four undergraduate schools, including the College of Arts and Sciences, the Wharton School of Business, the School of Engineering and Applied Science and the School of Nursing. In addition, I evaluated applications to several specialized and dual degree programs, such as the Huntsman Program in International Studies and Business, the Jerome Fisher Program in Management and Technology (M&T), the Vagelos Program in Life Sciences and Management (LSM), the Nursing and Health Care Management (NHCM) Program, the Digital Media Design Program, and the 7 Year Bio-Dental Program. In graduate school, I redesigned the BFA in Dance auditions/admissions procedures. I have also worked as an independent counselor for international students overseas.
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If you will be applying to college next year, you will very shortly be in the market for teacher recommendations, and you may be wondering what teachers you should ask for these recommendations. Should you always ask the teacher who gave you the best grade? Not necessarily, says former University of Pennsylvania admissions officer Sai Somboon, as subject matter and relationships must also factor into the equation. Check out this installment of the College Coach video series, Ask the College Admissions Expert, for the answer to the question, “Who do you ask for a college recommendation?” And don’t forget to subscribe to the College Coach YouTube Channel to keep up-to-date on all the latest college planning tips from our college admissions and finance experts.


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