How important are recommendations? Even though I am only a junior, I have realized that all SA's along with major colleges and university require them. I really doubt a teacher would give a student a bad or negative recommendation; however, how does a recommendation stand out above others? Scenario: From a past application experience, I had a teacher that completed like 10 applications the day before we needed them. I gave her mine like 9 week earlier and find it disappointing to know that she did them in a bulk manner. As for the results, 7 students (not including myself) were accepted. On the other hand, I did have two other teachers that did mine within a week of my request (I have high confidence in these two providing quality recommendations). I am not trying to imply that all teachers do not care about recommendations but I do question the level of desire by some teachers to provide a original and custom recommendation for each student.