I’m an HS senior in the process of applying to schools in the T20 schools for government/political science. Without getting too deep into my stats, I’m a competitive applicant with a 4.3 weighted GPA with several political internships and am ranked as one of the top debaters in the US. I plan on applying test optional (I took the ACT once and earned a 31). My essays are compelling, as well.
With this in mind, how important are recommendation letters from teachers? I requested letters from my AP Gov & AP English Lang teachers, as well as my debate coach, and two of the teachers called me one of the best students they’ve ever taught. If you’re wondering how I know this, they let me read the letters recently.
Does this weigh very heavily in the admissions process, or will admissions officers simply nod and move on?
Thanks for your insights!