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Letter of rec questions.. very confused

jollybjollyjollybjolly Registered User Posts: 920 Member
edited July 2011 in College Admissions
I just realized that MIT does not use the common application. When I get my letter of recommendations, what exactly do I give to the teachers?

Do I give them the MIT evaluation form separately from the common application evaluation form? For the MIT specific forms, I assume they need an envelope for those? Do they need an envelope for the common application recs and evaluation form, or is that submitted by them online? Do they need to know which schools I'm applying to via the common app? For the common app forms, will one copy of the forms suffice for all the schools I'm applying to?

Lastly, can the teachers that are writing my recs use the same rec that they wrote for the common app as the one they write for my schools without the common app? Or will they need to write a new letter?

Sorry for all the questions, but maybe someone can help me understand all of this.
Post edited by jollybjolly on

Replies to: Letter of rec questions.. very confused

  • jollybjollyjollybjolly Registered User Posts: 920 Member
    Bumping this...
  • xrCalico23xrCalico23 Registered User Posts: 4,673 Senior Member
    Your teachers should only write one recommendation then have that forwarded to all the different institutions. Yes, the recs need to be sent separately to MIT verses Common App schools. This will all become more straightforward to you once all the applications open and you get to see the actual websites.

    For Common App schools, ask the teachers to upload the recs to the designated section of the Common App and to fill out the corresponding Common App affiliated recommendation forms. For MIT, send in the same rec, but attach to the MIT specific forms.

    Your teachers will not know which schools you're applying to via Common App. They upload their letters as documents to the site, you select online which ones you want to include with which application. If mailing the recs in physically, photocopy the rec and the corresponding Common App teacher evaluation form and send to one copy of both to each college.

    I don't remember if MIT allowed online uploading of the teachers' recs, but you can definitely ask the teachers to send the letters in through snail mail. Provide them with addressed envelops and stamps. It can be the same one as for the Common App, unless you want them to specifically include anything about MIT in the letters.
  • jollybjollyjollybjolly Registered User Posts: 920 Member
    Wow that clears up a lot! Thanks!
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