My daughter has decided to expand the list of schools to which she is applying. Her teachers have already submitted letters of recommendation electronically for her original schools. For each college, the common app requires the applicant to "select the teachers below whose recommendations will be submitted to this institution on your behalf." There is a drop down list containing the recommenders who have previously submitted letters. Here are my questions:
-- When she decides to apply to an additional school, does she have to go back to the teacher and ask permission for the original letter to be submitted to an additional school?
-- Does the teacher receive a notification that the letter is being submitted to a new school?
-- If so, does the teacher have to approve the submission before the Common App submits the LOR?
My daughter's counselor seems to think that she can just select the teacher as a "recommender" for any school without re-contacting the teacher. That seems strange to me, especially since the teachers originally required her to submit a list of schools to which she intended to apply. My daughter is insisting that she doesn't have to keep "bugging" the teachers each time she refines her list. It was torture for her to ask the teachers for the recommendations in the first place, and she doesn't want to go back to them.
SECOND ISSUE: Also, she will be getting a recommendation from the instructor from a college summer program that she attended. She got college credit for the class. Should that instructor be invited to submit his recommendation through the common app? Or should he just write a letter and send it directly to the school? What's the etiquette on submitting LORs from these kinds of summer programs to schools other than the hosting school? She had a great time and did solid work, but it wasn't rocket science. The instructor volunteered to provide a recommendation; she didn't ask.
Sorry if these questions have been asked before; I did a quick search and didn't see them. I'd appreciate any thoughts. For some reason, this has been the hardest part of the process for my daughter. She ended up selecting the recommenders based on the approachability of the teachers rather than on her performance in or the rigor of the class, which is obviously a mistake. These, of course, are the same teachers that were asked by huge numbers of other kids. Sigh.