right arrow
PARENTS4PARENTS is a new initiative aimed at highlighting the vast expertise of our parents community while helping other parents better navigate the college admissions process. aggies1989 is a UC alumnus and parent of two UC college kids. ASK HIM ANYTHING!
GUEST STUDENT OF THE WEEK: fintech3753 is a current student at the Wharton School. Majoring in finance, he is hoping to pursue a career at the intersection of finance and technology. ASK HIM ANYTHING!
Make sure to check out our August Checklist for HS Seniors. Consult these quick resources to get you started on the process this month.
As we work to adjust to the current reality, make sure to check out these dedicated COVID-19 resources: our directory of virtual campus tours, our directory of extended deadlines, as well as the list of schools going test optional this fall.

Which letter of recommendation looks better?

tomatox1tomatox1 810 replies101 threads Member
edited February 2013 in College Admissions
1. Suzy was a hard worker. Even though she was very uncomfortable with the difficult material, she came in every day after class to consult with me. She ended up with a 92.

2. Johnny was extremely smart. He aced every test and exited the class with a 99.9%.

3. Robert initially got a C- on the first major test. However, he generally improved over time and finally received a 94 at the end of the year.
edited February 2013
3 replies
Post edited by tomatox1 on
· Reply · Share

Replies to: Which letter of recommendation looks better?

  • mmmgirlmmmgirl 880 replies53 threads Member
    I would say the first one, definitely. It actually says something about the student, that she's a hard worker who went out of her way to do better. "Johnny" just seems to be a naturally smart kid who does well--something the college would already know from his GPA. "Robert" did improve, but the letter didn't explain how or why, or what he actually did to be better.
    · Reply · Share
  • BuBBLES FoR SALEBuBBLES FoR SALE 2125 replies39 threads Senior Member
    None are particularly good. #2 is the worst because it's nothing more than a rehash of the transcript.

    #1 is okay, but still too formulaic.
    · Reply · Share
  • hangooksaramhangooksaram 274 replies15 threads Junior Member
    First one. It shows that the student put in effort / is dedicated to learning.
    · Reply · Share
This discussion has been closed.

Recent Activity