Letters of Recommendation

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  1. bcal

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    Are letters of recommendation required/encouraged for the academy? When I visited UF they said don't bother as they won't be read and don't bear on admission, so I was wondering if it is the same deal with the academy. If they are used, who would be the best to get? Coaches, teachers, academy grads, retired officers?

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    Yes they are required...usually from a coach, math teacher and teacher of English I believe. And they are read. UF probably has 30,000 kids who apply so it would be tough to read all of those.:wink:
     
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    Boss, as always, is correct.

     
  4. bcal

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    Thank you for the information, you answered all of my questions.
     
  5. tallbutshort

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    Are they actual letters or are they forms like the other service academies have?
     
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    :wave:

     
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    L59 you must be a ball of laughs at work...HAHAHAHA:eek:
     
  8. YankeesFan

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    I recommend sending in the maximum number of positive teacher recommendations that you can. When I applied I think it was 5?
     
  9. tallbutshort

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    Well I certainly feel smart now:shake:
     
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    I'll be applying as a college freshman (didn't know anything about CG or CGA last year). Can I still use high school teachers as my recommenders?
     
  11. shellz

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    Nope...need new ones. Speaking from experience. DS had to do the same. Good luck, and try to develop a very quick relationship with your math/english professors. Go to office hours and have a talk with them about your desire to attend CGA and ask them what you need to do (ie, show them in class or in your written work) to get a stellar letter of rec. With any luck you will get a compassionate prof who will write you a great letter. Of course, make sure you put in 100+ percent in all assignments so that this request will be easy to honor.
     
  12. tallbutshort

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    Good to know, thanks. That doesn't hold true for the PE teacher/coach evaluation does it? As of right now, I'm not signed up for a PE class. And although there's a chance I'll be on a club team, I'll probably just do intramurals and work out on my own.
     
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    My son had his new PFE done by the same coach who administered the test during his senior year of hs. He had his college coach write a letter of rec. If you were involved in sports previously, maybe you could have one of your former coaches write the letter....better than not having one, I'd wager.
     
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    Sorry if my question was poorly worded. That ^ is exactly what I was asking, if that would be allowed. I played four years of varsity soccer and knew the coach pretty well off the field as well, so she could obviously write me a way better recommendation than any p.e. teacher or coach I know for one semester in college (assuming I even end up having one, that is).
     
  15. shellz

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    If you don't have another rec, then I would go for it. Can't hurt...but of course calling your AAP or Admissions Officer would be a good bet. They are the ones with the real knowledge. Good luck!
     

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