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How many LOR's is everyone getting?

ScurvyWench

Re: How many LOR's is everyone getting?
« Reply #10 on: October 25, 2004, 10:11:01 PM »
I'm getting 5. Most schools require 2, accept 3, recommend 3. I have one school that recommends 4. The minimum is sufficient, but I would recommend the max. The applicant pool is fierce and they may impart something that you hadn't realized was important or had not seen in yourself.

I guided my LOR writers about what I wanted them to write about so that they would not overlap too much and I think they've turned out pretty darn well.

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Re: How many LOR's is everyone getting?
« Reply #11 on: October 25, 2004, 10:17:19 PM »
the rep from Yale suggested three: two academic and one that brings in outside interests.  I have two from professors, but one of them is also my boss for 3 years and has worked with me a lot on theater (chair of the theater dept), so right now I only have two.

I don't want to add another unless I feel like it can add something new to the package.  and I'd especially rather have two outstanding LORs than add another pretty good one.  hopefully it will work out for the best.

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Re: How many LOR's is everyone getting?
« Reply #12 on: October 25, 2004, 10:17:32 PM »
two here.  remember: personal and strong recommendations are obviously the best and most useful for adcomms.  if a third would also be equally as personal and as strong as the other two, then great.  however, if it is bland and basically average, it might serve to tarnish the luster of the other two, or one.

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Gummo

Re: How many LOR's is everyone getting?
« Reply #13 on: October 25, 2004, 10:18:41 PM »
I've come across several schools that say they require 3.

which schools?

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Re: How many LOR's is everyone getting?
« Reply #14 on: October 25, 2004, 10:20:30 PM »
two here.  remember: personal and strong recommendations are obviously the best and most useful for adcomms.  if a third would also be equally as personal and as strong as the other two, then great.  however, if it is bland and basically average, it might serve to tarnish the luster of the other two, or one.

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my thoughts exactly

Re: How many LOR's is everyone getting?
« Reply #15 on: October 25, 2004, 10:42:10 PM »
I have 3.....one philosophy prof [really cool guy], two finance profs [my major].

is that overkill?

 ???

[and should i recall one back?]




Re: How many LOR's is everyone getting?
« Reply #16 on: October 25, 2004, 10:53:33 PM »
Two here.  Should be fine.  Most schools do not want more then that although I think there may be a few exceptions.

The advantage of having more is that, with the new LOR system, you can pick and choose which ones go where.

you can?

that would be nice.


AaronJ

Re: How many LOR's is everyone getting?
« Reply #17 on: October 25, 2004, 11:03:51 PM »
Two here.  Should be fine.  Most schools do not want more then that although I think there may be a few exceptions.

The advantage of having more is that, with the new LOR system, you can pick and choose which ones go where.

you can?

that would be nice.


Yeah, its on their website.  You should have the option of choosing from whom and where your letters go.

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Re: How many LOR's is everyone getting?
« Reply #18 on: October 25, 2004, 11:19:17 PM »
I have 3.....one philosophy prof [really cool guy], two finance profs [my major].

is that overkill?

 ???

[and should i recall one back?]

three is fine, as long as all of them are good.

Re: How many LOR's is everyone getting?
« Reply #19 on: October 25, 2004, 11:26:24 PM »
I have 3.....one philosophy prof [really cool guy], two finance profs [my major].

is that overkill?

 ???

[and should i recall one back?]

three is fine, as long as all of them are good.

but here's the paradox:

how can I know if they are "good?"

I can't read them, and I had to sign that confidentiality agreement on the LOR form.