Most colleges that require a letter of recommendation also ask you to fill out a form that the writer sends to the college along with the letter. One of the questions on that form asks you if you agree to waive your right to access the letter in the future. If you waive your right, it means once the writer sends the letter to the school, you have no right to view it. You will never know what the writer said about you or whether it helped or hurt your chances of admission. I know–that sounds risky.
Still, you should always waive your rights to access.
Here's what happens when you don't waive the right. Continue reading "Should students waive their rights to see their letters of recommendation?"