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College professor for letter of recommendation

InfamouszeusInfamouszeus Registered User Posts: 20 New Member
edited October 2013 in College Admissions
Are letter of recs strictly have to be your high school teacher or counselor? I know a college professor at UC Davis that I've known for my entire high school life. It is allowed to get a letter of rec from him and will it help my chances at competitive universities?
Thanks
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Replies to: College professor for letter of recommendation

  • fogcityfogcity Registered User Posts: 3,228 Senior Member
    Most colleges would welcome a "third" letter of recommendation from someone who knows you well as a teacher or coach. Examples would include a "music" teacher with whom you've studied for several years, or an "art" teacher who's worked with you as you developed your oil painting style, a "crew" coach, etc. Does the college professor know you in one of those capacities? Has he ever been your teacher? If so, then a recommendation makes sense. But if not (as for example he knows you as a family friend etc.) then it's unclear why he would be a suitable reference.
  • T26E4T26E4 Registered User Posts: 24,274 Senior Member
    Emphasis on this:
    But if not (as for example he knows you as a family friend etc.) then it's unclear why he would be a suitable reference.

    Unless you've worked directly beneath him, his rec would be worthless. It's about the rec's content about YOU and nothing about the rec writer.
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