Q&A Additional Recommendations

What happens if I could get a really really good recommendation from a volunteer head person?? Can I somehow add that to boost up my college app?

Each school its own policy regarding additional recommendations. Some schools simply do not have the time to sift through even more paper work for their applicants.

Smaller schools are more likely to be willing to accept (and read) additional recommendations given the lower volume of applications admissions officers need to read.

If the schools to which you are applying do in fact accept additional recommendations, be sure that it demonstrates something about you that no other piece of your application can. The last thing an admissions officer wants to do is read the same thing over and over again.

Yale University makes this statement regarding additional information,

There are cases in which too many submissions, or submissions that do not reflect a high level of talent, can actually work against a candidate. Because the Admissions Committee gives greatest weight to the documents required of all applicants, we recommend that you focus your energy primarily on those elements of the application. Supplementary submissions may make sense for students with substantial and well-developed talent that cannot be conveyed adequately in the rest of the application. Due to the large number of applications that Yale College receives, we cannot evaluate all supplementary materials.

This is not intended to scare you off of submitting that additional recommendation, just to encourage you to be very judicious when deciding whether or not to include it.

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