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no need for recommendation letters for freshmen?

toooritooori Posts: 21Registered User New Member
UIUC does not require recommendation letters from incoming undergraduate freshmen? I thought all unis did , but i read on the website that it doesn't require . It was a little sketchy on the website so i wanted to check if its for real .
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Replies to: no need for recommendation letters for freshmen?

  • drusbadrusba Posts: 7,806Registered User Senior Member
    UIUC does not require rec letters and does not want you to send them. That is actually the same for the vast majority of public universities, e.g. the UCs do not want rec letters.
  • AkshayMAkshayM Posts: 388Registered User Member
    yeah but they do consider them if you send those, unlike the UCs
  • redsox5000redsox5000 Posts: 13Registered User New Member
    ^^^^ not true
  • drusbadrusba Posts: 7,806Registered User Senior Member
    UIUC's official stance on rec letters as posted on its site in frequently asked questions by freshman applicants:

    "No, we do not accept letters of recommendation. Unsolicited materials, including letters of recommendation, will be removed from the file and discarded before the application is reviewed." See:
    http://admissions.illinois.edu/faq/freshmen.html

    The UCs are the same.
  • silverturtlesilverturtle Posts: 12,494Registered User Senior Member
    I thought all unis did

    Many universities do not.
  • BalthezarBalthezar Posts: 1,429Registered User Senior Member
    The whole point of not accepting letters of recommendation is that not one is ever other than a glowing tribute of the applicant, and reading them sheds little light on the required portions of the application.
  • toooritooori Posts: 21Registered User New Member
    thats actually kinda nice :) now i dont have to go to teachers and ask
  • depositiondeposition Posts: 381Registered User Junior Member
    ^The teachers are always like, "Sure! :D" but you know they dread doing it lol
  • FinleyFinley Posts: 47Registered User Junior Member
    While the U of I does not require or accept letters of recommendation, it does have a spot on the application for three references and their contact information. If you are considered for any special programs, such as an honors program, the U of I will contact these people (either by phone or e-mail).

    So, even though you will not need a letter of recommendation, you will need people who will still give you a good recommendations.

    Hope this helps.
  • drusbadrusba Posts: 7,806Registered User Senior Member
    That appears to have started with this year but I am aware of their actually calling anyone to determine honors.
  • FinleyFinley Posts: 47Registered User Junior Member
    ^The U of I called one of my teachers about the campus honors program.
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