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iLukeisamazing

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LOR - Do Adcoms Care?
« on: October 16, 2007, 03:37:58 PM »
Do adcoms and schools really look at these things or are they just a superfluous part of the application process?

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Re: LOR - Do Adcoms Care?
« Reply #1 on: October 16, 2007, 03:42:33 PM »
Here's the response that an adcom would probably give you:

"Why on earth would we ask for something and deal with processing it if we didn't think it was useful at all?"

And I think there's actually a good argument there. I have a feeling that, like many of the other 'soft factors', it makes a difference in two cases:

1. So-called borderline candidates. This includes nearly the entire admitable pool at schools like Yale and Stanford.

2. Truly awesome or disastrous recommendations.

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Re: LOR - Do Adcoms Care?
« Reply #2 on: October 16, 2007, 08:50:38 PM »
My friend was accepted to two T14 schools last year with a 164. I think they care. The professors that wrote LORs for him were very fond of him and he had a good reputation.