How many teacher recommendations do colleges require?

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Jerome Cole, Director of College Counseling at the Edmund Burke School in Washington D.C., discusses how many teacher recommendations most colleges require.

    Jerome A. Cole, MA

    Jerome A. Cole, M.A., is the Director of College Counseling for the Edmund Burke school in Washington, D.C. and the founder of Cole Educational Consulting Services (Cole ECS.) He has worked with students and families for over seven years to help them plan and strategize for college. As a college counselor at Burke, an independent college preparatory high school founded in 1968, Mr. Cole oversees a program that is designed to support students and families as they go through the selection and admission process for college. Mr. Cole advises over 100 students each year in a small academically challenging environment where every senior is expected to apply to and enroll in college. Prior to Burke, he was a school counselor at Bethesda-Chevy Chase high school in Montgomery County, Maryland. He has successfully counseled hundreds of students and helped them prepare for admission to a variety of schools such as: American University, Clark-Atlanta University, Davidson College, George Washington University, Harvard University, Pitzer College, Stanford University, Temple University, and the University of Maryland at College Park, to highlight just a few. He established the consulting firm Cole ECS to provide students and families with the necessary information and support to make the best choice for college. Cole ECS defines the best choice as the optimal learning and social environment to ensure a student’s holistic success, culminating in on-time or early graduation and desirable post-graduate options. Mr. Cole earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from Catholic University, and then went on to obtain a Master of Arts in Education and Human Development from George Washington University. He is certified as a school counselor and is a member of the National Association of College Admissions Counselors (NACAC).

    My name is Jerome Cole. I am the Director of College Counseling at the Edmund Burke School in Washington D.

    C. I am also the founder of the Cole Educational Consultant Services. I have a Masters degree in Education and Human Development with especially, in secondary school counseling from the George Washington University. For the past seven years, I have worked in both public and private school settings, helping students and families strategise for college. Today, I am going to talk about some of the strategies, some of the steps that you and your student should take to determine how you go about selecting a college and then ultimately, how you go about being admitted to a college. How many teacher recommendations do colleges require? It's going to vary from school to school, but most schools are going to ask for two teacher recommendations. There are some that are only going to want one and there are some that are going to want as many as six, but I would say that for planning purposes, going into your senior year, if you identify two teachers who have taught you at the high school level, who you feel fairly confident with, who you believe would have some positive things to say about your performance but also your ability to do well in college, I would say, you should approach those two teachers and ask them for their recommendation.