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Recommendations for colleges, graduate, and professional schools are virtually identical. The schools to which you are applying want academic recommendations from teachers who know your work well. They don't care whether that person is famous, or the department chair, or won a Nobel Prize. They do care whether the teacher taught you in more than one class, whether you wrote a substantial paper or completed a major project, and whether you spoke to the teacher outside of class on a regular basis.
Contrary to popular opinion, teachers from "a while ago" are actually better in some ways then teachers who taught you last semester. This is especially true if the teacher remembers you in any kind of detail. The simple fact that the teacher remembers a student from five or 10 years ago is usually considered a positive sign.

If you're applying to an academic program, having a single work recommendation or recommender from an extracurricular activity is not a bad idea. It can round out your file, and it's a great thing to have on hand in case a school wait lists you and gives you the opportunity to submit anything that might strengthen your file.

Business schools, especially MBA programs, are the only programs that I know of that prefer work recommenders to academic recommendations. They usually want current or recent employers, coworkers, and other people who can talk about your self-discipline, enthusiasm, and creativity. And that makes sense; and MBA program is looking to make upper-level business managers out of lower-level business managers, and the skills I've mentioned go a great way towards doing that.

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How Do You Get a Good Recommendation?

Academic Recommendations for Older Applicants

The Work Recommendation

What a good Recommendation says

What kind of recommendations do I need to get into a top college?

How do I approach my teachers for a recommendation letter?

Are Recommendations Required?

Does knowing a senior lecturer personally in regards to tertiary education admissions provide any assistance in gaining admission into an institution?

Would UChicago favor me for being related to one of their hall of famers?

When people say that you need "glowing letters of recommendation," what do they mean? What makes a letter of recommendation glow?

Can newly-admitted students write an effective recommendation letter for a waitlisted student?

How can I make relationships that will help me for college recommendation letters?

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Sarah Zearfoss of Michigan Law School Talks about Recommendations






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