• Does the college that you are applying to require a School Counselor Letter of Recommendation?

    If the answer is YES!  Please complete the School Counselor Senior Brag Sheet, download the PDF.  You will either email or turn in the following items to your school counselor two weeks prior to your application deadline.

    1. School Counselor Senior Brag Sheet
    2. Oregon CIS Activities Chart or Resume
    3. College Essay (rough draft is fine)
    4. Transcript
    5. Parent Brag Sheet (optional and parents can email directly to your school counselor)

    Does the college also require a Teacher's Letter of Recommendation? Please read all of the information below and follow the directions.

    If the answer is YES!  Please complete the Classroom Teacher Senior Brag Sheet, download the PDF.  You will either email or turn in the following items to your teacher two weeks prior to your application deadline.

    1. Classroom Teacher Senior Brag Sheet
    2. Oregon CIS Activities Chart or Resume
    3. Transcript

    You should ask someone who teaches a core subject (English, math, science, social studies), who taught you recently (junior year is prime) and who knows you well. If you can’t find one person who fits all of those things, this is what you should prioritize:

    • Someone who knows you well
    • Someone who taught you recently
    • Someone who teaches a core subject*

    *Important note: Some colleges require or recommend that students submit recommendations from teachers in certain subject areas. Be sure you double check.

    What if I need two (or three) teachers' letters of recommendation?

    Pick teachers who can highlight separate strengths. For example, your band teacher knows things about you that your English teacher doesn’t, and vice versa. Having said this, we wouldn’t recommend picking teachers who teach electives for your main letter of recommendation (with exceptions like your music teacher for music school and art teacher for art school) as colleges are most interested in how well you’re doing and will do in academic subjects.

    RECOMMENDATION LETTER TIPS

    • Ask in person: don’t just add your teacher’s name to your college application without contacting them first
    • Ask in advance: two weeks before the application deadline
    • Write a thank you note

    Please have your parent or guardian complete the Parent/Guardian Brag Sheet, download the PDF and email your school counselor.