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Letter of Recommendation from Governor's School Summer Program teachers/professors

scritchscritch 12 replies4 threads Junior Member
Hi there,

Has anyone gotten a letter of recommendation from a teacher/professor at a Governor's School?

My DS is currently attending our state's Governor's School of Engineering(four weeks long, all virtual). They indicated at the beginning that they may be willing to write letters of recommendation for the students, depending on their performance. My question is - would a letter from one of the Governor's School teachers/professors replace one from his high school teachers? Or be in addition to? How does that work? And if he is only allowed one or two letters of recommendation for college, should he pick high school teachers who have known him for years and in person, or a Governor's school professor who clearly has more experience & seniority, but less actual interaction with DS (especially since the school is virtual this year).

Also - will the Governor's school just offer LOR to certain students at the end, or should DS ask them?

TIA!
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  • izrk02izrk02 Forum Champion American U. 1127 replies54 threads Forum Champion
    edited July 11
    scritch wrote: »
    My question is - would a letter from one of the Governor's School teachers/professors replace one from his high school teachers? Or be in addition to? How does that work? And if he is only allowed one or two letters of recommendation for college, should he pick high school teachers who have known him for years and in person, or a Governor's school professor who clearly has more experience & seniority, but less actual interaction with DS

    No, it would not replace a teacher recommendation. Many colleges (especially on the common app) have a section for additional recs from a coach, EC teacher, etc. It would be the same process as uploading for a regular teacher.
    As for teachers vs the professor, go with teachers. Teachers are likely going to be preferred, and many colleges that require a LOR will require it to be from a teacher. The seniority of a professor doesn't matter if they don't know the applicant that well, since it's the applicant they're looking at, not the recommender.
    Have your son look into the colleges he's interested in and see if they have specific requirements. Some colleges, like MIT, require LORs from certain subject teachers, while other just want any teachers.
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  • momofsenior1momofsenior1 10408 replies123 threads Senior Member
    edited July 11
    In addition to the above, some schools do not want extra LORS. More is not necessarily better. I also think you’d be hard pressed to have a prof know your student on line better than a teacher who had them face to face.
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