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Who Should Write Your College Letters of Recommendation?

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Tova Tolman

Written by Tova Tolmanon September 28th, 2021

I began my career as both a tour guide and senior interviewer at my alma mater, Barnard, where I later joined the admissions team and read and reviewed applications from students applying from the northeastern, midwestern, and western regions of the United States, as well as Canada. A few years later, while pursuing my master’s degree, I briefly left admissions to be the director of student life at the Jewish Theological Seminary. Realizing I missed working closely with students on the high school side of college counseling, I joined the admissions team at Fordham University where I recruited and reviewed applicants applying to Fordham’s liberal arts and business colleges. My most recent experience at Montclair State helped me understand what the application process looks like outside of highly selective colleges and how to help students who may not be fully prepared for college-level work. One of my favorite past experiences was managing the athletic recruitment process at Fordham as well as a number of sports at Barnard. Understanding the inner workings of both the Ivy and Patriot athletic leagues meant I was able to guide students to find the best athletic matches as part of their college search.
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High school seniors, do you know who will be writing letters of recommendation for your college application? If not, let this video serve as your official notice that it’s time to start figuring that out. Teachers—especially the popular ones—get very busy with recommendations, and you don’t want to be last on a teacher’s priority list (or, worse, not on their list at all because you waited too long to ask). How then can you decide what teachers to ask for letters of recommendation? Find out in this installment of our video series, We Can Explain. In this video, we share “7 Tips to Get the Best College Recommendation Letters.” And don’t forget to subscribe to our 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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