right arrow
Examples: Monday, today, last week, Mar 26, 3/26/04
We’ve got a new look! Walk through the key updates here.

Teacher Recs - Electives?

puretruthpuretruth 53 replies9 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 62 Junior Member
This applies to all schools, but using Columbia as an example: for teacher recommendation letters for "academic disciplines," and, more specifically, "math or science teachers for engineering applicants," is this limited to just math and science? Or would an AP Computer Science (an elective, as far as I know) teacher be acceptable as well?
6 replies
· Reply · Share

Replies to: Teacher Recs - Electives?

  • T26E4T26E4 23243 replies1031 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 24,274 Senior Member
    CS would be fine -- it's considered a core academic course.
    · Reply · Share
  • puretruthpuretruth 53 replies9 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 62 Junior Member
    @T26E4 ok, thanks!
    · Reply · Share
  • skieuropeskieurope 37350 replies6486 discussionsSuper Moderator Posts: 43,836 Super Moderator
    Anything that is not required is, by definition, an elective. If a HS graduation requirement for math is 3 years though Algebra II, then Calc BC is an elective.

    Additionally, computer science is a STEM subject, so would certainly count as a math/science teacher.
    · Reply · Share
  • puretruthpuretruth 53 replies9 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 62 Junior Member
    @skieurope good to know, thanks!
    · Reply · Share
  • LoveTheBardLoveTheBard 2095 replies20 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 2,115 Senior Member
    What about teachers of foreign language courses? Do they hold as much weight as, say English and/or History teachers (for kid interested in pursuing non-STEM subjects)?

    I read in a recent post that some Adcoms -- the poster was specifically referring to those of the University of Chicago -- did not consider foreign languages to be "core" courses like English, Math, History, and Science and consequently don't hold teacher recs from language classes to the same level of esteem as those from the aforementioned "core" classes.

    Is this a prevalent view? D17 was planning to ask her Spanish teacher to write one of her recs - she always speaks highly of D's work and is a good writer and enthusiastic educator.

    Will the fact that it is coming from a foreign language rather than an English teacher be problematic for elite college admissions? Her other letter will come from a history teacher. She is not interested in STEM, I don't think that she'll ask her science or math teacher (although she gets As in those subjects).
    · Reply · Share
  • skieuropeskieurope 37350 replies6486 discussionsSuper Moderator Posts: 43,836 Super Moderator
    Is this a prevalent view?
    No. Foreign languages are a core class.
    Will the fact that it is coming from a foreign language rather than an English teacher be problematic for elite college admissions?
    No.
    I don't think that she'll ask her science or math teacher (although she gets As in those subjects).
    Unless the college asks for a STEM recommendation and a humanities rec (and they will be quite clear on the website if they do), that's fine,
    · Reply · Share
This discussion has been closed.

Recent Activity