Letter of Rec's

<p>If I plan on majoring in something science related, would it be detrimental if I don't have a letter of recommendation from a science teacher? I'm thinking of asking my English and Latin teachers next year</p>

<p>I don't think it's that big of a deal. I asked an English and a Math teacher for my recs and did just fine in the college app process as someone interested in being pre-med. The most important part is that the two letters of rec provide detailed, but DIFFERENT insight into you as a person, student, whatever. You don't want both letters to be saying the exact same thing twice. Keep in mind, too, that colleges don't care a whole lot about your "intended major" since they know it is very likely to change.</p>

<p>Check with your target schools. Some will require one to be from your GC.</p>

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**The most important part is that the two letters of rec provide detailed, but DIFFERENT insight into you as a person, student, whatever. **You don't want both letters to be saying the exact same thing twice. Keep in mind, too, that colleges don't care a whole lot about your "intended major" since they know it is very likely to change.

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<p>A good point, but if everything on an application points to an interest in science (ECs, especially), it may be a little weird not to have a rec from a science teacher. You want to create a cohesive application, and I think adcoms would sense something lacking in a "science" application without a science rec.</p>

<p>In general, I think having two recs from the same area (humanities versus math/science) works for distinctly lopsided applications. Otherwise, it may be in your best interest to have recs from two diverse areas.</p>

<p>If you don't feel you'd get a great rec from a Jr/Sr science teacher, maybe look at one from math over two humanities. Colleges are going to understand that the teacher that is going to give you the most glowing LOR may not be in your intended major, but it may stand out if you are applying to math/science and don't have a LOR from one of the two. That should generally be where you shine.</p>

<p>btw...we are in the situation where S2's math and science teachers are as bland as rocks and although he is one of the top students and has a good relationship with both, doubt highly they would muster a LOR with any interest. Not sure what he's going to do. Sometimes it's not an easy answer.</p>