Asking a TA for a recommendation letter -good or bad?

<p>I am currently a freshman at an university that I only choose to attend because it is significantly cheaper than my top choice. Now, I am absolutely miserable and is transferring. </p>

<p>Transfer applications require a recommendation letter from a professor, but the problem is that all my classes are intro level courses, which means that it's a lecture with 300-400 people. My professors won't know who I am, let alone be able to write a recommendation letter for me. I am taking a freshman english seminar, and it is taught by a TA. Even though she is not a professor, do you think it will be alright for her to write my letter of recommendation? </p>

<p>Also, I am reapplying to my top choice school. I was accepted and offered a place in their Class of 2015, I accepted and placed a deposit down but in June I changed my mind and withdraw to attend my current university. Do you think that will hurt my chances of transferring in again? or will it better my chance because I was accepted before?</p>

<p>Generally LORs can come from an Instructor in a college class, meaning a Prof, Instructor, TA, etc. (see the CA Instructor form). Unless the colleges you are applying to specifically state that the LOR should come from a Prof, a TA is fine, for the reason you state.</p>

<p>I don't think that the fact that you were accepted before will either hurt or help your chances as a transfer. At least you know that you were a competitive fr applicant, however, transferring is more difficult at some selective colleges as they have lower admission rates.</p>

<p>I would personally ask for a joint letter from a professor that has a TA that knows you. For example in your 300 person class, there must be small groups. If that TA knows your level of work, ask if you could have a joint letter. Then go to your professor introduce yourself, say what it's for and ask if they could write it together. The professor will 99.9% of the time let the TA write it and will just cosign it after reading it and agreeing on the language. Usually small English seminars are not the most appropriate letters, unless you were planning on majoring in English and this was a select small group on purpose.</p>