Re-Applicant Recommendation Questions

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  1. cpdibari

    cpdibari Member

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    I am applying again as a college freshman, and I had a question regarding how many/which recommendation letters I should submit to Navy. Both of my high school teachers wrote letters at the close of my senior year. These are filed in CIS, and CGO said this was fine.

    However, I now have three other letters that I would like to submit. Both my college Chem and English professors have agreed to write me letters of recommendation. I already have one sent in from a personal contact (USCG Captain who was a USNA instructor). Would it be inundating to send the remaining two recommendations, or just choose one?

    I'm worried that with too many recommendations some may be disregarded, and I wouldn't want to waste my regional director's or recommender's time. My BGO advised that I send both professor letters. I just wanted to get some input from the SAF community.

    Thanks!
     
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    usna1985 USNA Alumnus

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    If you're currently a college student reapplying, USNA wants your college profs as your English and math "teachers." So, those aren't "extra," they are what's required. If you aren't taking calculus (your college "math") ask your RD if the chem prof could substitute -- I would think they'd allow this. If you have one other rec that adds something new to your packet -- something not already covered by your other information, you can submit it. However, realize that unless it really adds facts and information, it won't make much difference.
     
  3. cpdibari

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    Thank you USNA 1985,

    I'm taking Calc, but my professor literally has no idea who I am. Hopefully, if I make the case, the Chem will substitute. Are you sure they are required? My last BGO told me to get high school teachers for the initial recommendations, then send college. CGO told me college professors are not required recommendations, and there is no space for them in the candidate portal. Do you think I can mail them directly to admissions?
     
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    usna1985 USNA Alumnus

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    When I went to BGO training, they said that, for college applicants, they want your college profs. They realize that your college profs may not know you and that they are likely basing their recs solely on your grades; they don't care. I suppose this could have changed in the past two years but I would be surprised.

    I STRONGLY suggest you contact your Regional Director ASAP (again, if need be) and discuss your situation.
     
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    I will do just that. Thank you USNA1985.
     
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    usnabgo08 USNA 2008/BGO

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    The guidance I have received is that it's highly encouraged/recommended to have college professors submit the required (Math/English) recommendations, but isn't required, for the exact reasons you stated above (unfamiliarity with you). The fall back is normally H.S. teachers. I wouldn't be surprised if CGO told you to have your senior year H.S. teacher submit it, however, a chemistry recommendation might just be as meaningful....can't hurt to ask.
     
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    Thanks for the help Jadler and 1985,

    I called CGO today. Their advice- submit both recommendations from professors. They will consider all four, and college chem is an adequate substitution for high school math.

    This was definitely good news to hear as I believe all four of these recommendations are stronger than my 2015 application.

    Happy Holidays!
     

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