Recommender Resources

Teachers, counselors, and other individuals can provide valuable insight into students' academic performance and/or personal character through recommendation letters. The Academic Recommendation tells us about a student in a classroom setting, while the Character Recommendation provides examples of the traits and attributes that define a student outside of the classroom. Counselor recommendations can provide a sense of how a student stands out within their class at school. These letters are an important part of the application review process, and we greatly appreciate the time that educators and others take to submit recommendations for their students.


Required Recommendations

Recommendations are a required component for the College Prep Scholars Program and the National College Match

For the College Prep Scholars Program for high school juniors, applicants need to obtain:

  • One Academic Recommendation from a teacher (preferably in a core academic subject)
  • One Character Recommendation

For the National College Match application for high school seniors, applicants need to obtain three recommendations:

  • Two recommendations from teachers (preferably in core academic subjects)
  • One recommendation from their school counselor (submitted as part of the School Report)

When students register recommenders in their application, the recommender will automatically receive an email from QuestBridge with a unique link to the recommendation form. Watch our QuestTips video to learn more about how recommendations are submitted:


Writing Recommendations

Strong letters of recommendation can differentiate a student among a large pool of applicants. Watch our webinar recording with admissions officers from our college partners to learn more about what makes a recommendation stand out: 


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