What to do with a parent recommendation request
Another variety of recommendation is becoming a little more common these days. This one allows parents to get fully submerged and submit their own letter to the college admissions office on behalf of their child.
As admissions group are in their busiest time of year reading and evaluating applications, some are asking parents to provide their perspective. Although parents are often biased, as they should be, the letter can help personalize an applicant’s package.
Consider these points if you receive a request for parent input:
- Most requests for a parent recommendation are optional. Not submitting a recommendation should not hurt your student’s chance of acceptance. Only an estimated one third of parents do respond. However, submitting a letter will most likely help your student’s chance of acceptance.
- Submitting a letter demonstrates involvement and participation by the family.
- Remember that the college is looking for a different viewpoint, so don’t simply regurgitate what is already on the application. Cover an area that is missing.
- Similar to your student’s essays, go for the specific examples rather than the generalizations. These are more interesting to read and will give unique insight.
- Send in your response as soon as possible to ensure it will be read and considered.
So, don’t be surprised if you receive a request for parent input. This strategy is increasing in popularity and is usually sent to all applicants at a particular college, not just to a selected subset. This is your chance to be heard.
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