I've got a question regarding letters of recommendations from math instructors: A little background, I'm a college freshman intending to reapply to USNA as a college sophomore. Today, I asked my Calc II professor if he would be willing to recommend me for the Academy. He told me that, on principle, he will not write letters of recommendation for freshmen. His reasoning was that because the class I'm in a 500+ student lecture, he doesn't have the time or opportunity to get to know many of his freshmen students well, and that it's easier to say no to everyone asking for a written letter of recommendation than it is to say yes to a few select freshmen (I can certainly understand his apprehension with recommending students he may not know very well). However, I explained to him that, after speaking to my old high school math teacher, it seemed that the recommendation process was more of a questionnaire about academic performance than it was an actual written letter of recommendation. On these grounds, my professor said that he would be willing to recommend me only if the process is filling out a questionnaire, not actually writing a full letter. I tried to do some additional research on this subject, and managed to find some more posts here that seemed to back this information up ( https://www.serviceacademyforums.com/index.php?threads/teacher-recommendations.50691/#post-502243 & https://www.serviceacademyforums.com/index.php?threads/teacher-recommendations.48833/#post-488091 ). However, this was all I found so far, and I was hoping to get a more firm answer. My question is, am I correct in my assumption that the recommendation process from math instructors is more of a questionnaire, and not an actual letter to be submitted? Thanks in advance to anyone who may have more information on this subject.