So if you’re accepted into the school and you enroll, you could take a look at your letters of recommendation, thanks to FERPA. When you waive your FERPA right to view letters of recommendation for college, you’re basically saying you don’t need to look at this information. You say you understand that, even after you enroll in a college, you aren’t going to be able to look at those letters of recommendation.
For schools that use the Common Application, this is fairly straightforward.
Ten years prior in 2005, only 17% of freshmen had applied to seven or more institutions.
Seeking to streamline the application process and reduce application-induced anxiety are the Universal College Application (UCA) and the Common Application (CA), which allow students to apply to multiple schools using a single application.
This recommendation can be in the form of a letter; the Common Application School Report (preferred and completed by your counselor), completed by your counselor; or the Common Application Teacher Evaluation (completed by an academic teacher). The recommendation must be submitted directly from the school official.
Your counselor must submit your official high school transcript electronically or by mail.
And, of course, the idea is that FERPA gives you the right to view your letters of recommendation after you enroll in the school.
Please note, however, that you don’t have the right to see the letters before your enrollment. But before you make that decision, let’s take a look at the Common Application FERPA waiver and authorization to understand what it means.
When you ask someone to write you a letter, it should be someone you trust to write a glowing review of your abilities. Again, the people you ask should be trustworthy and should be people who you’ve built a professional and educational relationship with.
In fact, many letter writers will actually show you the letter ahead of time. Ask if they’d be willing to write you a letter of recommendation for college and if they show any hesitation in saying yes, thank them and tell them you’ll be in touch if you need the letter.