How Many Letters of Recommendation to Send?

<p>For Harvard (and several other prestigious schools) there is an option of sending UP TO 3 (min 2) teacher recommendations, and up to 2 extra recommendations.
But I have heard from several people that Harvard (other schools included) only allow at max 3 recommendations (2 from teachers, 1 extra). As stated on the common application, it looks like you can send 5 maximum. So which is correct?
Also, should I bother getting three teacher recommendations if I think two will do the trick?</p>

<p>If you think two does the trick, then there’s no need to send more.</p>

<p>Just put 2 teachers and 2 others, counselor and employer. I asked my 3 employers to write recommendations, because I mentioned about my work in essays.</p>

<p>Do you use CommonApp request for extra, non-school recommenders ? Or is it via regular mail ?</p>

<p>@Ar4ybaldik: you obtained 3 employers’ rec letters — but you’re only going to submit ONE, correct?</p>

<p>You should NOT sumbit 2 teacher recs, counselor rec and 3 employer recs. You should only submit ONE employer rec.</p>

<p>Hi, to join in the conversation, how likely do you think it is that the school will read extra recommendation letters and take them in to serious consideration?</p>

<p>ky: they’ll read them but it’s constantly stated: they are not necessary. Their experience is 3rd or 4th letters just repeat the message conveyed in the first two.</p>

<p>Here’s what Harvard says:


<p>Yale is explicitly against more letters and SAYS IT TWICE:


<p>For what my experience might add, when I was applying to colleges in 2010 I received two wonderful letters from teachers in foreign language & history. I was required to get a third letter by University of Chicago by a teacher in a math/science subject (they really looked down on foreign language recommendations, which I think is a mistake), so I had my AP Stats teacher write me a letter. I had my counselor read it and we discussed whether or not the Stats letter added an extra dimension to my application. He didn’t think it did, so I sent that supplemental letter off only to University of Chicago and Harvard. When I had my Harvard alumni interview, the interviewer suggested I add the statistics letter to back up my interests in math. I’m grateful for that piece of advice, though who knows of course if it made any difference; I was rejected at Yale & UPenn (which I honestly think had more to do with Early Acceptances for other students at my school) but accepted at Harvard.</p>