How students request a recommendation letter
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Once a student has begun to track a college application in Xello, they have the option to request a referrer write a recommendation letter to be sent to the institution if it's required for the application.

When the student has requested the recommendation letter, the referrer will receive an email with a personal note the student has written, along with an attached resume they may have opted to include. Instructions for next steps will be included in referrer’s email.

Students can request multiple recommendation letters.

noteNote: Not all schools have the Recommendation letters feature enabled in Xello.
Learn how students:

Request a recommendation letter

How students request a recommendation letter:

  1. From their dashboard, underQuick links, they click College Planning.
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  2. Under College applications, they select the institution to which they’d like a letter sent.
    • If the institution isn't visible at the top of the list, they click View my applications to open their full list of college applications.
  3. Under Application checklist, they find Recommendation letters.
  4. To the right, they click Request to open the Recommendation letter request page.
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  5. They can search for and select an educator who has an account in Xello. For referrers who don't have a Xello account, the student manually enters the referrer's name and email. Then they click Next.
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  6. They are prompted to write a personal note with a minimum of 100 characters.
    • Helpful tips are included in the Need help? section to foster ideas on what to include in the note.
    • Students can opt to attach a resume or brag sheet.
  7. To finish sending the request, the student clicks Send.
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Edit a due date to the request

Each request for a recommendation letter includes a due date. Due dates are automatically added based on the application deadline, but students can also add a custom date. This due date will show on their Application checklist, on your own Xello account under Recommendation letters, and directly in the letter for the referrer. This gives students greater freedom and control over their own application tracking process.

How students add a custom due date to a request:

  1. From the correct institution, under the Application checklist, they find Recommendation letters.
    • When students initially make the request, the application deadline is automatically added as the due date for the letter.
  2. To the right, they click Options and select Edit due date to add a new date.
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  3. They select a date and click Save.
    • The due date shows in the same line as Recommendation letters on their Application checklist, in the letter sent to the referrer, and in your Xello account.

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